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Friday, May 20, 2022

HAIRSPRAY (National Tour at Miller Theater): As fresh as ever by Joshua Herren

I was delighted to find that the charms of Hairspray are still hard to resist. The post HAIRSPRAY (National Tour at Miller Theater): As fresh as ever appeared first on phindie.

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Waitress Goes Down Sweet As Pie by Joshua Herren

NETworks non-equity presentation of Waitress at the Kimmel Center delivers a production that is full of sweetness, laughs, and lovely music. There is something so comforting about the Americ…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:36PM
Thursday, March 31, 2022

Quintessence Breaking the Cycle with Tragi-Comedy The Winter’s Tale by Joshua Herren

As part of its Transformation Repertory, Quintessence Theatre Company presents one of Shakespeare’s most beguiling plays, The Winter’s Tale. Sometimes classified as a “late romance,”…

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Monday, March 14, 2022

A Powerful Revival: Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma! by Joshua Herren

Walking into the Forrest Theatre, patrons are assaulted by the glaringly-bright light of the stage. This production of Oklahoma!, the lights seem to say, will hide nothing. In many ways, Dan…

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Monday, March 7, 2022

Seasons of RENT: A young cast helps an aging show by Joshua Herren

For millennial theater kids, it is hard to overstate the cultural importance of Rent. First produced in 1996, the contemporary retelling of Pucini’s La bohème introduced me and my peers t…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 09:14AM
Saturday, February 26, 2022

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL (National Tour): 60-second review by Joshua Herren

If you missed Beautiful: The Carole King Musical during its five year run on Broadway or in its previous two Philadelphia tour appearances…chances are you… The post BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL…

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

HADESTOWN (National Tour) at the Kimmel Center by Joshua Herren

Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown is a blend of retold Greek myths, written in the rich folk-musical language of the American south, focusing on the stories of Orpheus and Eurydice, and Hades an…

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:01PM
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...

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:59AM
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...

SOURCE: phindie.com at 04:06PM
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

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:47PM

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

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:04PM

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

Josh Herren realizes he simply loves HELLO, DOLLY!

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:19AM
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.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:37AM
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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

A work of incredible importance to American theatrical history

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:30AM
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

SOURCE: phindie.com at 11:33AM
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

SOURCE: phindie.com at 01:25PM
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.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 01:08PM
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?

SOURCE: phindie.com at 12:08PM
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.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:38AM
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!”

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:44PM
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.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 10:21AM
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.

SOURCE: phindie.com at 04:11PM

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