Midsummer Night at the Arden

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, March 2017.
 

This Arden Theatre production is the funniest Midsummer Night’s Dream of recent memory.

Director Matt Pfeiffer stressed the absurdity of the situations — indeed, the irrationality of all infatuations. His cast wore contemporary clothing, pointing out the timelessness of the story, while the …

Hand To God with different interpretations

Hand to God, comedy by Robert Askins, Philadelphia Theatre Company, April 2017.
 

A former minister from Texas, Robert Askins, wrote a vicious denunciation of religious hypocrisy in his disquieting play, Hand to God. His dark comedy illustrates how pathetic are the attempts of many religious leaders in times of emotional need. It had success off-Broadway in 2011, …

The King and I on national tour

The King and I by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. Bartlett Sher directed. On tour, 2017.
 

The King and I continues to offer new interpretations, 66 years after it was created by Rodgers & Hammerstein. This play is a wonder of American musical theater.

Jose Llana offers a new vision of the king in the national …

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