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Monday, March 28, 2022

Below Torrential Hill, by Jonathan Koven by Walter Bilderback

A 2021 novella from Philly author Jonathan Koven, published thanks to the Electric Eclectic Novella Prize, is a new entry in a hoary tradition, but not without poetic merits. Walter Bilderba…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:28PM
Friday, November 12, 2021

The Bourgeois Anarchist, by Sam Gridley by Walter Bilderback

In Sam Gridley’s new Philly-set novella, a now-privileged teacher grapples with her anarchist past as she continues to join left-wing activists. Walter Bilderback reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:43PM
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Swarthmore College presents Sophocles’s ‘The Woman of Trachis,’ sans audience by Walter Bilderback

If a demi-god burns and no one hears about it, does it make a catharsis? Walter Bilderback investigates a pandemic-era production of ‘The Women of Trachis’ at Swarthmore dubbed “theate…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:42PM

Swarthmore College presents Sophocles’ ‘The Women of Trachis,’ sans audience by Walter Bilderback

If a demigod burns and no one hears about it, does it make a catharsis? Walter Bilderback investigates a pandemic-era production of ‘The Women of Trachis’ at Swarthmore dubbed “theater…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:42PM
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: LiveConnections Presents Fifth House Ensemble + Jason Vieaux at World Cafe Live by Walter Bilderback

LiveConnections Presents kicked off its new season in rousing fashion with an evening of music from the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble and classical guitarist Jason Vieaux – introduced…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:11AM
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Review: ‘Finding Neverland’ at the Academy of Music by Walter Bilderback

I went into Finding Neverland with high hopes. I had been enchanted by the 2004 film from which this musical has been adapted. The story, based on a play by Allan Knee, follows the (highly …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:14PM
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: ‘As You Like It’ by Delaware Shakespeare – On Tour by Walter Bilderback

In 2016, Delaware Shakespeare began a new program: the Community Tour. This program is a bold initiative, designed to “bring a professional theater production to underserved or non-traditi…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:01AM
Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘A Period of Animate Existence’ by Pig Iron Theatre Company by Walter Bilderback

If you open the dictionary and look up the word ‘life,’ one entry reads: ‘a period of animate existence.’ Composer Troy Herion gives this explanation for the title of Pig Iron Theatr…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:19PM
Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: ‘Cheeks’ at Plays and Players Theatre by Walter Bilderback

First things first: Lee Minora’s solo show Cheeks is a laugh riot. Do not miss an opportunity to see this show. It is both whip smart and hysterical (both in the colloquial meaning and a f…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:59AM
Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Cotton&Gold’ by AMH Productions at Circle of Hope by Walter Bilderback

Cotton&Gold is a new play by writer/director Alyse M. Hogan, a 2017 University of the Arts graduate, and her company AMH Productions, which describes itself as “a new theater company l…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:06AM
Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Home’ at the Prince Theater by Walter Bilderback

Home is the newest theatrical confection of Fringe favorite Geoff Sobelle, and a can’t-miss part of the current festival. The first 70 minutes are a surrealistic delight. I recommend sitti…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:00PM
Friday, September 8, 2017

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Life Lines’ by Tangle Movement Arts at Neighborhood House by Walter Bilderback

Life Lines is a new, collectively-developed work by the all-female ensemble Tangle Movement Arts. Tangle’s work is mostly derived from circus arts, particularly aerial performance on trape…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:37AM
Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: ‘Hir’ at Simpatico Theatre Project by Walter Bilderback

Two staples of American drama have been the “kitchen-sink play,” which feature small casts and meticulously detailed, usually lower-middle class, settings, and what I’ll call “family…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:04PM
Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: LiveConnections Presents Elizabeth Zharoff + Xavier Foley at World Cafe Live by Walter Bilderback

LiveConnections Presents ended its sixth season with soprano Elizabeth Zharoff and double bassist Xavier Foley. This season was devoted to pairing musicians in order to stretch musical bound…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:16PM
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review: ‘How to Use a Knife’ at InterAct Theatre Company by Walter Bilderback

Set in the hectic kitchen of a restaurant in New York’s Financial District, Will Snider’s How to Use a Knife focuses on a friendship that develops between two men – one a chef, the oth…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:28AM
Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: ‘The Broken Heart’ at Quintessence Theatre Group by Walter Bilderback

It’s unlikely you will be familiar with John Ford’s The Broken Heart. Like most early 17th century playwrights not named Shakespeare, Ford’s works are rarely performed: he’s know…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:46AM
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: ‘It’s So Learning’ at FringeArts by Walter Bilderback

It’s So Learning, written and performed by comedic mavericks The Berserker Residents, is a wild, immersive ride through the Berserkers’ vision of the K-12 system. Even people who avoid a…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:35PM
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: LiveConnections Presents Harlem Quartet + Arturo Stable by Walter Bilderback

Once again, LiveConnections Presents (“LCP”) curator Mary Wheelock Javian’s musical matchmaking has produced a lively evening of musical discovery. This time it was the pairing of …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:40PM
Friday, February 10, 2017

Review: ‘Sans Everything’ by Lightning Rod Special + Strange Attractor at FringeArts by Walter Bilderback

Sans Everything is a collaboration between the theater companies Lightning Rod Special (“LRS”) and Strange Attractor Theatre Co. (“SATC”). The title comes from Jaques’ famous “Se…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:45PM
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Review: LiveConnections presents Nicholas Photinos + Florent Ghys at World Cafe Live by Walter Bilderback

Nicholas Photinos’ and Florent Ghys’ evening of “string innovations” was another successful pairing for LiveConnections Presents’ ambitious curator Mary Wheelock Javian. Her 2016-1…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:55PM
Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: ‘SYBARITE5 and Jakub Ciupinski’ at LiveConnection at World Cafe by Walter Bilderback

LiveConnection Presents’ evening of Sybarite5 + Jakub Ciupinski treated its World Cafe audience to two exciting young exemplars of new music.  Sybarite5 is the world’s first string quin…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:23AM
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Review: ‘An Iliad’ at Lantern Theater Company by Walter Bilderback

A man sticks his head in through the door in the back wall. Broken down, dirty, dressed in old but modern clothes, he is delighted to see us, and sing his song. “It’s a good story,” an…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:43PM
Monday, October 31, 2016

Review: ‘Guards at the Taj’ at Theatre Exile by Walter Bilderback

Guards at the Taj is the story of two young friends, Humayun (“Huma”) and Babur. The two are a sort of Indian vaudeville duo: Huma (Anthony Mustafa Adair) is the uptight straight man, Ba…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:39AM
Sunday, September 25, 2016

2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Third World Bunfight by Walter Bilderback

I’ve long felt that if someone is going to cut down a Shakespeare text, they should take the responsibility of claiming co-authorship, since any editing becomes interpretation. This ye…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:30PM
Friday, September 23, 2016

2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Julius Caesar, Spared Parts’ by Walter Bilderback

A playwright friend recently recalled something the Russian director Dimitry Krymov said: “I want to be interested beyond my understanding. My understanding can catch up later…. …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:12AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Creating Living, Adventurous Art: The Wilma Theater by Walter Bilderback and Julia M. Bumke

The Wilma Theater has been presenting bold, well-crafted productions for over 35 years. Learn more here. The post Creating Living, Adventurous Art: The Wilma Theater appeared first on Breaki…

SOURCE: breakingcharactermagazine.com at 12:59PM
Thursday, January 28, 2016

What’s So Good About Good: Looking for Answers in Stoppard’s THE HARD PROBLEM by Walter Bilderback

In Tom Stoppard's 1972 play Jumpers, a character asks, “What’s so good about Good?” Mentioning this line in a note on his new play, The Hard Problem, Stoppard writes “I haven’t got…

SOURCE: www.samuelfrench.com at 10:42AM

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