Theatre Exile presents Susan Soon He Stanton’s Today Is My Birthday
Twenty-first century ties
Theatre Exile’s production of Succession writer Susan Soon He Stanton’s charming play shows just how possible it is to feel alone, even when you spend your life talking to other people. Jill Ivey reviews.
The Wilma Theater presents Dmitry Krymov’s adaption of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
The sign of a good show
The Wilma gives Chekhov’s classic a chaotic, colorful modern update—complete with a sentient train station departure sign. Jill Ivey reviews.
Resident Ensemble Players presents Theresa Rebeck’s Yeah Baby
Expectation and reality collide in Theresa Rebeck’s Yeah Baby, an absurdist comedy that is the playwright’s fourth Resident Ensemble Players premiere. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Madeline Sayet’s Where We Belong
Flying between worlds
In Where We Belong, a compelling but uneven solo work at Philadelphia Theatre Company, Madeline Sayet explores what it means to study Shakespeare from an Indigenous perspective. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
InterAct Theatre Company presents Seth Rozin’s Settlements
No answers, plenty of air
In this world-premiere take on a real theater-world controversy, a Jewish Community Center commissions a new work from a playwright who adopts an unexpected stance. Wendy Rosenfield reviews.
The Weekly Roundup, March 30-April 6
Picks for Philly Theatre Week 2022
Kyle V. Hiller rounds up his picks for this year’s Philly Theatre Week, featuring performances from Esperanza Art Center, Sophie Sucre, Crossroads Comedy, and more.
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Quintessence Theatre presents The Winter’s Tale and The Alchemist in repertory
Four centuries later, another pandemic pause
Drawing parallels between Covid-19 closures and a 1608 outbreak of the plague, Quintessence continues its 2022 return to the stage with two plays that reopened London theaters in 1610. Jill Ivey reviews.
People’s Light presents Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical
Oh-oh over and over
The world premiere of Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical sings an unsung entertainment hero at People’s Light. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Curio Theatre Company presents Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
God bless the child
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Curio Theatre offers a complex, entertaining portrait of Billie Holiday’s final Philadelphia performance. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
EgoPo Classic Theater presents Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Life Is a Dream
Poland, or anywhere else
Brenna Geffers and Felipe Vergara adapt a 17th-century Spanish classic to reflect our contemporary world of political turmoil and division. Kirsten Bowen reviews.