Lantern Theater Company presents Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Present mirth and present laughter
Lantern Theater Company offers a delightfully comic and effortlessly romantic new production of Twelfth Night to close its season. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Reviews 4 minute read
Hedgerow Theatre presents Juliette Dunn’s The Puzzle
Portraying the lives of non-speaking people
Hedgerow marks its 100th season with the world premiere of Juliette Dunn’s The Puzzle, which reveals complex inner worlds for all of us, whether or not we communicate by speaking. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer reviews.
Reviews 5 minute read
Bristol Riverside Theatre presents Douglas Lyons’s Chicken & Biscuits
Nothing new at the family funeral
Chicken & Biscuits at Bristol Riverside Theatre gathers common tropes of the family funeral genre, but its performances and design meld comedy and drama for a fun family night. An Nichols reviews.
McCarter Theatre presents Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky
What do we lose, when our folks “escape?"
Josephine Baker presides in spirit over McCarter’s new production of Blues for an Alabama Sky, in which friends in a 1930s Harlem tenement ask what we gain and lose when we stay or leave. Jeannine Cook reviews.
Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents Jane Eyre
Revealing Jane’s inner life
Jane Eyre gets a new stage treatment in this ambitious adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, which showcases the inner life of the passionate and principled governess. Alaina Johns reviews.
Reviews 4 minute read
Theatre Horizon presents Charly Evon Simpson’s sandblasted
The truth about Black women’s lives
In the regional premiere of sandblasted at Theatre Horizon, Black women in a desert landscape are trying to survive in a world that is literally making their bodies fall apart. Krista Mar reviews.
Quintessence Theatre Group and New Classics Collective present Written by Phillis
Bringing Wheatley’s words to life
Quintessence marks new ground with a world-premiere production in collaboration with Chicago’s New Classics Collective, examining the life of Phillis Wheatley, an enslaved poet who gained worldwide fame in the 18th century. Josh Herren reviews.
Azuka Theatre presents Christine Evans’s Galilee
Walking on water
Azuka Theatre presents the world premiere of Christine Evans’s Galilee, which brings a personal dimension to the threat of climate change. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
1812 Productions presents Theatre Mischief’s The Play That Goes Wrong
Should the show go on?
1812’s The Play that Goes Wrong, onstage at Plays & Players, brings the hilarity when things go egregiously, deliriously bad. C.M. Crockford reviews.
Theatre Exile presents James Ijames’s Abandon
Another mother and son
As James Ijames’s Pulitzer-winning and Tony-nominated FAT HAM continues on Broadway, his latest world premiere, Abandon, gets a stand-out cast at Theatre Exile. Alaina Johns reviews.