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Gleason, in white apron, stands grinning with one hand raised as if in a classroom. He clutches a metal pot full of fake fish

Delaware Theatre Company presents Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors

A comic valentine

After a decade at the helm of Delaware Theatre Company, Bud Martin says goodbye with an uproarious, perfectly orchestrated production of One Man, Two Guvnors, true to its commedia roots. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
The four actors on a turquoise sofa by a yellow table, each gesturing & focusing uniquely; hands to face or reaching out.

The Wilma Theater presents Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss

Bold, original, complex, and contemporary

A Western take on a Syrian soap opera gets a surprising twist in Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss, by turns hilarious and wrenching. Krista Mar reviews.
Krista Mar

Krista Mar

Reviews 3 minute read
Howard, wearing black and frowning in the foreground. Walton, Weintzweig, & Moyer comfort each other sadly in the background.

InterAct Theatre Company presents Stephanie Satie’s The Last Parade

Echoes of Chekhov

InterAct Theatre Company’s 35th
anniversary season continues with a world premiere about a distinctly Jewish emigrant experience set not in the Ukraine of 2023, but the post-Soviet Ukraine of 1992. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
Hernandez and Nixon, playing aproned kitchen workers in a realistic set, smile and dance in the empty kitchen.

Arden Theatre Company presents Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s

Sandwich artists

Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s, now onstage at Arden Theatre, shows what a sandwich can say about life. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
The stage is a salon. Two performers in chairs wear styling capes, another styling their hair. Truvy looks on from far left

Act II Playhouse presents Steel Magnolias

The delicate strength of intergenerational connection

Act II Playhouse’s production of the classic Steel Magnolias hopes to bring fresh perspective from its all-women cast and their lineages. Daralyse Lyons previews.

Daralyse Lyons

Previews 4 minute read
Bagby, a white man with short gray hair, performs in black with his hand-held wooden 6-string harp.

Penn Live Arts presents Benjamin Bagby’s Beowulf

Bagby mirrors the medieval bard

A thrilling performance from 21st-century bard Benjamin Bagby at Penn Live Arts brought the firelit mead hall of Beowulf to modern audiences. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
Scallen, Finister, and Robbins pose backstage, standing on a spiral staircase.

1812 Productions and Jennifer Childs present Broads

Legendary “naughty” comedy

1812 Productions presents Broads, a hit cabaret that celebrates the bawdiest, boldest, and funniest ladies of the 1920s through the 1960s. Kiran Pandey previews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Previews 2 minute read
Lewis, a Black man, in character in uniform. Sits at a desk, his hands folded looking on, a US flag behind him.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Charles Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play

Marching against racism

Charles Fuller’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes a look at racism in the US from 40 years before it—and remains relevant 40 years after it. David Block previews.
David Block

David Block

Previews 2 minute read
Nine cast members stand in a balanced arrangement facing the audience, on a wooden dais stage with low steps.

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Clifford Odets’s Waiting for Lefty

Unite or die

Clifford Odets’s pro-labor drama remains relevant, despite a clumsily didactic production by Quintessence Theatre Group. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Four people, 2 white and 2 Black, face different directions in an opulent, high-ceilinged room with a candle chandelier

Theatre in the X and EgoPo Classic Theater present Langston Hughes’s The Ways of White Folks

Philly’s own Renaissance

Theatre in the X and EgoPo's immersive adaptation of The Ways of White Folks, a classic Langston Hughes story collection, deserves the buzz it’s been getting at Glen Foerd mansion. Jeannine Cook reviews.
Jeannine A. Cook

Jeannine A. Cook

Reviews 5 minute read