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Scene from the play. Eugene, wearing a cream knit sweater, argyle socks, & baseball hat, looks at his brother, who’s speaking

Delaware Theatre Company presents Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs

Confessions of a teenage dramatist

Delaware Theatre Company’s production of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs provides nostalgia and some light laughs. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 4 minute read
Scene from Reverie. Bazemore & Mitchell, both Black men, in an apartment kitchen, both looking wistfully toward the audience

Azuka Theatre presents James Ijames’s Reverie

Death’s best gift

The new work by Philly’s own Pulitzer Prize winner, James Ijames, explores what gets left behind when a person dies without having authentically lived. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
A scene from the play. The 3 actors sit on an apartment couch, each of them talking on the phone, not looking at each other

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.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
Four cast members sit, looking worried, around a table with red and white flowers in vases. The light is misty and dramatic.

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.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
9 actors stand in line onstage, in motley range of clothing styles including stripes, paisley, leather, gold, black, & denim

Resident Ensemble Players presents Theresa Rebeck’s Yeah Baby

Paging Pirandello

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Sayet stands on a dark stage, arms outstretched, surrounded by tiny lights at her feet, whirling around her, and above her.

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.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Scene from Settlements. Khalil, in a yellow-striped shirt, talks to Rishard, sitting on a bench, paying attention to Khalil.

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.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Reviews 4 minute read
A person wears red and white clothes, bandana, and other clothing, carrying a flag (?) on a bamboo pole for a small crowd.

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.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
A scene from Winter’s Tale. A bearded man wearing a hat that shades his face holds a swaddled baby. Another gestures warily.

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.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 4 minute read
Nathanial Washington, on a dramatic blue-lit stage, plays the moment Lloyd Price first stepped up to the studio microphone.

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read