All stories by Joshua Herren on BroadwayStars

Monday, March 9, 2020

POPCORN FALLS (Walnut Street): A disservice to small towns and comedy by Joshua Herren

Popcorn Falls is not the town it used to be! The historic waterfall (with some fictional connection to George Washington) has been dammed up. Tourists aren’t coming. The libraries and...

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

TURN (Kimmel Center) 60-second review by Joshua Herren

For those that were worried that Turn, a musical exploration of being a black woman in America through the lens of Shakespeare’s Othello, might be too academic, M’Balia Singley is...

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

I ♥ ALICE ♥ I (Curio): Feels like home by Joshua Herren

I ♥ ALICE ♥ I at Curio Theatre feels a lot like home to Josh Herren

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EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL (PTC): 60-second review by Joshua Herren

Philadelphia Theatre Company’s production of Chelsea Marcantel’s emotional and thought-provoking Everything is Wonderful is gorgeous

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HELLO, DOLLY! (touring): Call on Dolly by Joshua Herren

Josh Herren realizes he simply loves HELLO, DOLLY!

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

BABEL (Theatre Exile): Uncertifiable by Joshua Herren

Theatre Exile's newest offering left Josh Herren cold. He is trying to figure out why.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

RACHEL (Quintessence): Screaming from the Past by Joshua Herren

A work of incredible importance to American theatrical history

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Monday, February 10, 2020

THE BED SHOW (Unattended Baggage): 60-second review by Joshua Herren

A delightfully immersive peek into “bed culture”

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Monday, February 3, 2020

KING LEAR (Bristol Riverside): Mommy issues by Joshua Herren

We start to experience the world as Lear might, slowly losing their sense of reality

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

MARRY, MARRY, QUITE CONTRARY (Paper Doll Ensemble): 60 Second Review by Joshua Herren

There's manic energy to this parody of ABC’s hit The Bachelor

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Bong Joon-Ho Before PARASITE: An ongoing series from Philadelphia Film Society by Joshua Herren

Interview with PFS programming director Travis Trew about Bong Joon-Ho's films before PARASITE

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Monday, December 23, 2019

GINTRY (Die-Cast Productions): Gentrification with a twist by Joshua Herren

At Whitey’s bar, gentrification and poetry are on the menu.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

SPONGEBOB THE MUSICAL (Forrest Theatre): An Unlikely Hero by Joshua Herren

Philadelphia gets a visit from Bikini Bottom in Spongebob the Musical.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

LITTLE RED ROBIN HOOD (People’s Light): What is a panto? by Joshua Herren

Takeaway: Bring your kids to this unique Philadelphia area tradition!

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[nyc] A New(ish) EVITA at New York City Center by Joshua Herren

Director Sammi Cannoid brings a lot of thought to the Webber/Rice juggernaut EVITA. Can the show’s libretto handle it?

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

[nyc] SLAVE PLAY (Golden Theatre): Process this! by Joshua Herren

Jeremy O. Harris’ brilliant SLAVE PLAY is designed to shock, provoke, and trigger. It succeeds on all fronts.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

MEAN GIRLS (national tour): Doesn’t quite clique by Joshua Herren

“It’s not Ibsen,” I reminded myself, “It doesn’t have to be Sondheim. Just enjoy the show and have fun!”

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

ONCE (Bucks County Playhouse): Once upon a time in New Hope by Joshua Herren

Bucks County Playhouse’s stunning production of ONCE leaves audiences hungry for more.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP (Curio): A comedy of labor by Joshua Herren

Curio’s The Mystery of Irma Vep requires virtuosity. Watching the production turns out to be more exhausting than fun.

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

NEXT TO NORMAL (Bristol Riverside): Rock concert or psycho-drama? by Joshua Herren

Bristol Riverside Theatre’s snazzy Next to Normal leaves reviewer Josh Herren cold.

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