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Monday, February 6, 2023

Carmina Burana + Credo (Opera Philly): A dilettante at large review by Toby Zinman

The Dilettante at Large is at large again, writing about the culture as an enjoyer rather than an expert. Her latest pleasure was Opera Philly’s… The post Carmina Burana + Credo (Opera …

SOURCE: phindie.com at 01:25PM
Sunday, February 5, 2023

CLYDE’S (Arden): All the ingredients are here by Toby Zinman

Terrific actors playing lovable characters, important issues, snappy dialogue, and plenty of comedy The post CLYDE’S (Arden): All the ingredients are here appeared first on phindie.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 05:40PM
Saturday, February 4, 2023

KISS (Wilma): What does it mean when someone else is representing you? by Toby Zinman

A play is about acting as well as the political act of making theater as well as about getting it wrong through cultural appropriation The post KISS (Wilma): What does it mean when someone e…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 05:05PM
Friday, February 3, 2023

BROADS (1812 Productions): A tip of the hat to the grand old dames of comedy by Toby Zinman

Take it from this old broad, Broads, 1812 Productions’ new show, is an entertaining 75 minutes—if you like funny songs and dirty jokes. The post BROADS (1812 Productions): A tip of the …

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:20PM
Saturday, January 28, 2023

BEOWULF (Benjamin Bagby): A rare theatrical experience by Toby Zinman

Benjamin Bagby takes on the role of the scop, the storyteller The post BEOWULF (Benjamin Bagby): A rare theatrical experience appeared first on phindie.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 06:21PM
Saturday, January 21, 2023

LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS (Walnut): Feeling nostalgic? by Toby Zinman

Are you missing those bad hairdos and baggy blue suits of 1969? The post LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS (Walnut): Feeling nostalgic? appeared first on phindie.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 06:54AM
Friday, December 16, 2022

[NYC] OHIO STATE MURDERS: Still experimental, still challenging, and still exciting controversy by Toby Zinman

Adrienne Kennedy’s crushingly beautiful play, Ohio State Murders, is making a long overdue debut on Broadway. The post [NYC] OHIO STATE MURDERS: Still experimental, still challenging, and …

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:57PM

[NYC] SOME LIKE IT HOT: Irony-free goodness by Toby Zinman

This new musical comedy, a Big Broadway rewrite of the 1959 classic movie, Some Like it Hot, offers fabulosity: huge production numbers, flashy costumes, marvelous… The post [NYC] SOME LI…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:46PM
Monday, December 12, 2022

[NYC] BECKY NURSE OF SALEM (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center) by Toby Zinman

The Crucible, has withstood all manner of productions, from starry Broadway to high school drama club, and it will withstand Sarah Ruhl’s crass replay, Becky Nurse of Salem The post [NYC] …

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:55AM
Monday, November 21, 2022

BIG APPLE CIRCUS: A dilettante at large review by Toby Zinman

Where are the great acts I remembered? The trained cats? the galloping horses? the iron men? the Wheel of Death? The post BIG APPLE CIRCUS: A dilettante at large review appeared first on phi…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 09:01PM
Monday, November 7, 2022

DEATH OF A DRIVER (InterAct): Years pass, roads are built, potholes appear by Toby Zinman

“We are together.”  This line is an often-repeated refrain in Death of a Driver, a grim new play by Will Snider presented by InterAct at the Drake’s Proscenium… The post DEATH O…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:34PM

LES MISERABLES (National Tour): How do you say schmaltz in French? by Toby Zinman

Q: How do you say schmaltz in French? A:  Les Miserables. This long musical melodrama, based on Victor Hugo’s long novelistic melodrama is currently wowing… The post LES MISERABLES (Na…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:16PM
Friday, October 28, 2022

10 DATES WITH MAD MARY (Inis Nua): Irish charm at Fergies Pub by Toby Zinman

Anna Faye Lieberman gives us the raging, disappointed, self-indicting, violent, drunk, lonely, and altogether wild-hearted Mary The post 10 DATES WITH MAD MARY (Inis Nua): Irish charm at Fer…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:38PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

MODIGLIANI UP CLOSE at the Barnes: A dilettante at large reviews by Toby Zinman

Modigliani at the Barnes Foundation is a ravishing exhibition in a ravishing venue.  The post MODIGLIANI UP CLOSE at the Barnes: A dilettante at large reviews appeared first on phindie.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 02:32PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

New York Reviews: LEOPOLDSTADT and COST OF LIVING: by Toby Zinman

Two meditations on misfortune show us what it is to be “laughing wild amid severest woe.” The post New York Reviews: LEOPOLDSTADT and COST OF LIVING: appeared first on phindie.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 03:43PM
Monday, September 26, 2022

OTELLO (Opera Philadelphia): A dilettante at large reviews by Toby Zinman

This is one for the life list if you’re an opera fan. The post OTELLO (Opera Philadelphia): A dilettante at large reviews appeared first on phindie.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 06:29PM
Thursday, September 15, 2022

TRAVESTIES (Lantern): A play of ideas married to farce by Toby Zinman

Tom Stoppard’s newest play Leopoldstadt is coming to New York, and once again he is being talked about as if he were the second coming… The post TRAVESTIES (Lantern): A play of ideas ma…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 04:49PM
Friday, September 9, 2022

TWO-CHARACTER PLAY (IRC): 2022 Fringe review by Toby Zinman

Nobody writes crazy, despairing, desperate women like Tennessee Williams The post TWO-CHARACTER PLAY (IRC): 2022 Fringe review appeared first on phindie.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:14PM
Monday, June 13, 2022

INTO THE WOODS (Arden): A Sondheim show for grown-ups by Toby Zinman

No woods. No cutesy pop-up book set. Just three hours of pure musical theater pleasure: gorgeous melodies, clever lyrics, profound ideas and a dream cast.… The post INTO THE WOODS (Arden)…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 06:31PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE (Lantern): A funny play with a serious agenda by Toby Zinman

Lynn Nottage knows how to “sustain the complexity” so that this funny play with a serious agenda works The post FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE (Lantern): A funny play with a s…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 09:56AM
Friday, May 13, 2022

REVERIE (Azuka Theatre): Aiming for a high bar by Toby Zinman

What with James Ijames winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (bravo!) two days ago, the bar was set very high for his newest play The post REVERIE (Azuka Theatre): Aiming for a high bar appea…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:45PM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

RIGOLETTO (Opera Philadelphia): A Dilettante at Large reviews by Toby Zinman

Dilettante at Large (Toby Zinman) has awakened from her long pandemic slumber, and is once again writing about stuff she knows little about but enjoys, unlike theater which she knows quite a…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:43PM
Saturday, April 23, 2022

WHERE WE BELONG (PTC): A young woman’s earnest and confused identity crisis by Toby Zinman

An impressively credentialed show from The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in association with the Folger Shakespeare Library is launching its national tour in Philadelphia. The post WHERE WE…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 06:47AM
Thursday, March 17, 2022

Lantern Theater’s Brave Return to Stage: A Man For All Seasons by Toby Zinman

What a brave return to live theater this production is!  Lantern Theater Company gives us old-time drama and powerful theater, full of big ideas and complex language, rather than a bit of f…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 02:24PM
Sunday, March 1, 2020

THE STEWARD OF CHRISTENDOM (IRT): What went wrong? by Toby Zinman

Sebastian Barry, author of The Steward of Christendom, is a major Irish playwright. I am a major fan of Irish drama. Irish Heritage Theatre, whose production of Steward just opened...

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:46PM
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

[nyc] CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND (Signature Theatre): Rocking Off-Broadway by Toby Zinman

Playwright Lauren Yee’s script is really two shows: an old-fashioned rock concert uncomfortably yoked to a somber history drama.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 09:12PM
Sunday, February 23, 2020

HELLO DOLLY! (touring): 60-second review by Toby Zinman

They sure don’t write them like this anymore. 

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:37AM
Monday, February 10, 2020

FOOL FOR LOVE (EgoPo): Secrets, raw passion, and danger by Toby Zinman

Sam Shepard can set up a world like nobody else

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:14AM
Saturday, February 8, 2020

A HUNDRED WORDS FOR SNOW (Inis Nua): 60-second review by Toby Zinman

This solo show is performed by Satchel Williams, who can best be described as adorbs. 

SOURCE: phindie.com at 11:48AM
Thursday, January 30, 2020

[nyc] MEDEA (BAM): Euripides should sue by Toby Zinman

British auteur-director Simon Stone has rewritten the ancient Greek tragedy, Medea,  to fit the contours of the contemporary world 

SOURCE: phindie.com at 09:31PM

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