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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

FAITH HEALER (Lantern): Powerful storytelling by Kathryn Osenlund

The Lantern Theater’s performance of Faith Healer, by Brian Friel is presented as four monologues that represent three points of view, those of Frank Hardy… The post FAITH HEALER (Lante…

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Bristol Riverside): An old fashioned play, carefully executed by Kathryn Osenlund

Lorraine Hansberry wrote Raisin in the Sun in 1959, a bold play for its time. It takes a dark view of the progress of integration,… The post A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Bristol Riverside): An ol…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 08:32PM
Sunday, November 5, 2023

CAMP SIEGFRIED (Theatre Exile): An unlikely love story by Kathryn Osenlund

Love happens, even in a setting dedicated to concentrated evil, as an American girl becomes a fierce Nazi uber-princess.  The post CAMP SIEGFRIED (Theatre Exile): An unlikely love story app…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:22PM
Friday, October 13, 2023

NO EXIT (Quintessence): A new translation of a hellishly absurd classic by Kathryn Osenlund

Quintessence Theater’s founding artistic director Alex Burns, has written a new translation from the original French The post NO EXIT (Quintessence): A new translation of a hellishly absur…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 09:17AM
Sunday, October 1, 2023

ASSASSINS (Arden): A celebration of psychopaths by Kathryn Osenlund

The wall of the F. Otto Haas Stage features pictures of targets and X’s for murdered presidents. Starting with John Wilkes Booth’s killing of Abraham… The post ASSASSINS (Arden): A ce…

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Friday, September 29, 2023

TARTUFFE (Lantern): Delightfully over-the-top by Kathryn Osenlund

Before he became a celebrated playwright, Jean-Baptiste Poquelan was a poor thing in a touring shoestring theater company. Although he had wanted to be a… The post TARTUFFE (Lantern): Del…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 02:18PM
Thursday, September 7, 2023

10 Dates with Mad Mary (Inis Nua): A real piece of work returns by Kathryn Osenlund

10 Dates with Mad Mary is playing upstairs at a favored watering hole, Fergie’s Pub. The show was so popular last year that it’s back! The post 10 Dates with Mad Mary (Inis Nua): A real …

SOURCE: phindie.com at 04:49PM
Monday, June 12, 2023

TWELTH NIGHT (Wilma): Beach blanket Bard by Kathryn Osenlund

There’s a lot of Twelfth Night going around in the Philadelphia area, all different. The Wilma conjures a fresh seaside setting. A dock moves forward.… The post TWELTH NIGHT (Wilma): Be…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 01:54PM
Friday, June 2, 2023

TWELFTH NIGHT (Lantern): Some are born great by Kathryn Osenlund

Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night (1599-1600), one of his few fantasy plays, immediately before he penned his incomparable Hamlet (1600-1601).  As Artistic Director Charles McMahon describes�…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 11:51AM
Thursday, April 6, 2023

RADIO GOLF (Arden): Hearts on one side, heads on the other by Kathryn Osenlund

A crippling honesty and family ties mark August Wilson’s Radio Golf, a play that flows with humor along with sharply incisive dialogue and a clever story line. The post RADIO GOLF (Arden)…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 01:48PM
Monday, March 6, 2023

THE TEMPEST (Quintessence): Full of magic by Kathryn Osenlund

There’s magic and mystery as wonderfully costumed characters come alive to dance, sing, cavort, wrestle, draw swords, threaten violence, and show mercy The post THE TEMPEST (Quintessence):…

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Friday, February 24, 2023

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Walnut Street Theatre): A thinking play by Kathryn Osenlund

Introducing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as “a thinking play,” Tennessee Williams wrote to his audiences: “I want to go on talking to you… The post CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Walnut Street The…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 11:12PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Waiting For Lefty (Quintessence): On the side of angels but not art by Kathryn Osenlund

This show has history. Odets, a voice for his disinherited generation was born in Philadelphia. The post Waiting For Lefty (Quintessence): On the side of angels but not art appeared first on…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:00PM
Friday, November 11, 2022

Every Brilliant Thing (Arden Theatre Company): 60-second review by Kathryn Osenlund

Scott Greer has the audience suffering with him, then happy for him. It seems this story could have been his personal history. He owns it that much. The post Every Brilliant Thing (Arden The…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 07:25PM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

The Tattooed Lady (Philadelphia Theatre Company): Tattoo as metaphor, tattoo as tattoo by Kathryn Osenlund

Boisterous, joyful, defiant, and a little bawdy, the show may have a sketchy contraption of a plot, but you don’t go to a musical expecting Hamlet. The post The Tattooed Lady (Philadelphia…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 06:58PM
Monday, November 7, 2022

DEATH OF A DRIVER (InterAct): 60-second review by Kathryn Osenlund

Faced with bureaucratic nonsense or official missteps, who hasn’t said ‘fuck the government’ or a more genteel equivalent? The multi-ethnic East African Kenya Colony gained independe…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:50PM
Friday, October 14, 2022

THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Arden): Revisiting the famed memory play by Kathryn Osenlund

Tennessee Williams had been writing since he was a teenager, and by the time he was 30 years old he was getting nowhere. His early… The post THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Arden): Revisiting the fa…

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Monday, October 3, 2022

THE CHAIRS (Quintessence): 60-second review by Kathryn Osenlund

Due to the pandemic, it had been many months since I’d visited the Sedgwick Theater in Germantown. October 1 was opening night for The Chairs… The post THE CHAIRS (Quintessence): 60-sec…

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Monday, September 26, 2022

ROMEO AND JULIET (OJ Productions): 2022 Fringe review by Kathryn Osenlund

It’s a tragedy that more audiences will not have a chance to enjoy the production. The post ROMEO AND JULIET (OJ Productions): 2022 Fringe review appeared first on phindie.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:24PM
Monday, September 19, 2022

LATE NIGHT SNACKS FAMILY SHOW (Bearded Ladies): 2022 Fringe review by Kathryn Osenlund

Okay: A drag queen show for children. The post LATE NIGHT SNACKS FAMILY SHOW (Bearded Ladies): 2022 Fringe review appeared first on phindie.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 05:17PM
Thursday, September 15, 2022

Watching THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY (OUT-CRY) by Tennessee Williams by Kathryn Osenlund

This play-within-a-play about a play takes place on the Bluver Theatre’s tiny stage, brightly lit, although called dim by the characters. The audience,  up close… The post Watching THE…

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Romeo & Juliet in a Bar (Shakespeare on Tap): 2022 Fringe review by Kathryn Osenlund

A little bit naughty at times, semi-Shakespearean lingo is mixed with a good deal of TomFoolery. The post Romeo & Juliet in a Bar (Shakespeare on Tap): 2022 Fringe review appeared first …

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:23PM
Friday, September 9, 2022

FOOD (Geoff Sobelle): 2022 Fringe review by Kathryn Osenlund

Unless you know Geoff Sobelle’s other works, you’ve never seen anything like this. The post FOOD (Geoff Sobelle): 2022 Fringe review appeared first on phindie.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:30PM
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

NOT RIGHT NOW (James Christy): 2022 Fringe review by Kathryn Osenlund

There are many, many moments that become stories. The post NOT RIGHT NOW (James Christy): 2022 Fringe review appeared first on phindie.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 11:16PM
Monday, October 26, 2020

Looking Back: An early Pig Iron production by Kathryn Osenlund

ames Joyce is Dead And So Is Paris was presented at Christ Church Annex in Old City in 2003. It was something else!

SOURCE: phindie.com at 11:45AM
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Looking Back: Two works by Thaddeus Phillips by Kathryn Osenlund

In today's edition of my look back on theater from years past, I remember two Thaddeus Phillips works from 2015 and 2017: Alias Ellis Mackenzie and A Billion Nights on Earth.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 08:56PM
Monday, October 5, 2020

Looking Back: I Am My Own Wife at the Wilma and Theatre Horizon by Kathryn Osenlund

Kathryn Osenlund remembers two productions of I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright. 

SOURCE: phindie.com at 08:15PM
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Looking Back: Chekhov Lizardbrain & Red Eye to Havre de Grace by Kathryn Osenlund

Kathryn Osenlund remembers two productions from Fringe Festivals past

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Looking Back at the Theater: Remembering two outstanding performances at Bristol Riverside Theater (BRT) by Kathryn Osenlund

In a new series, Phindie takes a walk down memory lane to briefly revisit memorable theater performances in Philadelphia and environs.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 01:33PM
Thursday, April 9, 2020

Remembering Mercutios and Tybalts by Kathryn Osenlund

In recent days of home-captivity my mind has wandered to Romeo & Juliet performances, new and old. But I'm more interested in Mercutio and Tybalt than the star-crossed lovers.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 02:09PM
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Remembering Hamlets by Kathryn Osenlund

Cooped up inside, with no theater in sight, I’m remembering Hamlets I’ve known.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 06:03PM

All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards