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Friday, February 23, 2024

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (Academy of Vocal Arts): A dilettante at large review by Toby Zinman

DAL continues her musical education with this stunning chamber opera at the Academy of Vocal Arts. The post THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (Academy of Vocal Arts): A dilettante at large review appeare…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

LUNAR NEW YEAR AT PMA: A dilettante at large review by Toby Zinman

The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrated the Chinese new year with some fascinating special events on Sunday The post LUNAR NEW YEAR AT PMA: A dilettante at large review appeared first on p…

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

COST OF LIVING (PTC): A compelling new play, diminished by Toby Zinman

Diminished or not, it’s worth seeing for the understanding of people living with disabilities and the people who care for them. The post COST OF LIVING (PTC): A compelling new play, dimini…

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Monday, February 5, 2024

THE FLATLANDERS (1812 Productions): Couples theater can be couples therapy by Toby Zinman

Real-life married couple Scott Greer and Jennifer Childs play a fictitious couple in Bruce Graham’s newest play.  The post THE FLATLANDERS (1812 Productions): Couples theater can be coupl…

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Saturday, January 6, 2024

AIN’T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS (National Tour): Songs, fun, and nostalgia by Toby Zinman

This is Motown, and this cast is up to the task: good voices, great moves. The post AIN’T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS (National Tour): Songs, fun, and nostalgia appear…

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Sunday, December 3, 2023

COMPANY (Forrest Theater): Gorgeously musical if lacking in Sondheim’s subtlety by Toby Zinman

Sondheim’s genius makes ambivalence gorgeously musical, but his ironic, subtle sophistication is in short supply in this production The post COMPANY (Forrest Theater): Gorgeously musical i…

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Sunday, November 12, 2023

MADAME OVARY (Inis Nua): Theater or therapy? by Toby Zinman

Madame Ovary is a staged memoir about a young woman who survived cancer; it is the fourth female solo show opening just this week: The post MADAME OVARY (Inis Nua): Theater or therapy? appea…

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Friday, November 10, 2023

[NYC] TRANSLATIONS (Irish Rep): Searching for clues by Toby Zinman

The danger with a Brian Friel play is charm. No stage Irishmen here at Irish Rep’s production, no comical drunkenness. Another danger, especially in a… The post [NYC] TRANSLATIONS (Iris…

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Monday, November 6, 2023

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM (Azuka): Impassioned and interesting sidestepping by Toby Zinman

In a world full of rooms which are full of elephants, a lot of sidestepping is required of us all.  The post THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM (Azuka): Impassioned and interesting sidestepping appea…

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Friday, November 3, 2023

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME (Arden): A witch’s cauldron of sometimes magic by Toby Zinman

Even the most hallowed document is no match for a teenage girl, as Heidi Schreck reveals in her play, What the Constitutions Means to Me.… The post WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME (Arde…

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

[NYC] MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Hudson Theater) by Toby Zinman

This is vintage Sondheim, the unimaginable flop now on Broadway again, restored to its dazzling, heart-wrenching brilliance. Merrily We Roll Along has been called his most personal,… Th…

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Monday, October 2, 2023

[NYC] PURLIE VICTORIOUS (Music Box Theatre): A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by Toby Zinman

Ossie Davis’s brilliant and hilarious play is part vaudeville, part sermon. And if preaching is theater, theater is preaching. And the lesson is that “faith… The post [NYC] PURLIE VIC…

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

TWELFTH NIGHT (Wilma): Foolery shines everywhere by Toby Zinman

“Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun; it shines every where.” Leaving Copernicus aside, the Fool’s wry remark is an apt description… The post TWELFTH NIGHT (Wilma): F…

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Monday, May 29, 2023

TWELFTH NIGHT (Lantern): Shall we set about some revels? by Toby Zinman

“Shall we set about some revels?” Yes!  The battle begins: Lantern Theater Company opened its excellent and enjoyable production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; soon to… The post T…

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Saturday, May 20, 2023

OF GOD AND COUNTRY (PMA): A dilettante at large review by Toby Zinman

The DAL is having quite a week! First the Orchestra and then the Museum: Philadelphia’s finest institutions providing much enjoyment. Philadelphia Museum of Art has… The post OF GOD AND…

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA’S GREAT STAGES GALA: A Dilettante at Large review by Toby Zinman

DAL is pleased to report that this gala was more fun than glam. Oh, there was the occasional gown and a sprinkling of black ties,… The post THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA’S GREAT STAGES GAL…

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Monday, May 8, 2023

FAT HAM + ABANDON: Considering James Ijames’s new and newer work by Toby Zinman

James Ijames won the Pulitzer Prize for Fat Ham, which is now running on Broadway; his even newer play, Abandon, has just opened at Theatre Exile.  The post FAT HAM + ABANDON: Considering J…

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Sunday, May 7, 2023

GALILEE (Azuka): A tale from down under by Toby Zinman

A small town’s main business—tourism— dries up and bit by bit small businesses follow.  The post GALILEE (Azuka): A tale from down under appeared first on phindie.

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Saturday, May 6, 2023

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (1812): Fall-off-your-chair hilarity by Toby Zinman

This is not the admiring smirk or a contemptuous Ha-ha!, but fall-off-your-chair, eye-mopping hilarity. The post THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (1812): Fall-off-your-chair hilarity appeared first …

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Monday, May 1, 2023

DON GIOVANNI (AVA): A dilettante at large review by Toby Zinman

Mozart’s Don Giovanni is the greatest opera ever written. Don’t take my word for it—what do I know, I’m a dilettante—but that was the opinion… The post DON GIOVANNI (AVA): A dil…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

[NYC] PRIMA FACIE (John Golden Theater): Ordeal by theater by Toby Zinman

Take the trigger warnings seriously: This is ordeal by theater. The post [NYC] PRIMA FACIE (John Golden Theater): Ordeal by theater appeared first on phindie.

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Sunday, April 23, 2023

PLUM BUN (EgoPo): Passing on history by Toby Zinman

This remarkable adaptation of a century-old novel concludes EgoPo’s Harlem Renaissance season The post PLUM BUN (EgoPo): Passing on history appeared first on phindie.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

[NYC] CAMELOT (Lincoln Center): Back to the round table by Toby Zinman

Sometimes cynical, ultra-cool  critical disdain—much in evidence these days— just won’t do. I loved this show; it’s filled with wonderful songs and wonderful singers, an… The pos…

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Friday, April 14, 2023

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL (PTC): A living portrait and an evening of wonderful songs by Toby Zinman

At 15th & Bainbridge—only a few blocks from Philadelphia Theatre Company’s stage at Broad & Lombard—there stood a legendary dive bar called Emerson’s. Jazz greats—John… …

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (Walnut Street): A wackadoodle of a show by Toby Zinman

What a wackadoodle of a show! Part party, part pop musical, the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Jimmy Buffett’s hit is an enjoyable evening, but… The post ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVIL…

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

[NYC] SWEENEY TODD (Lutt-Fontanne): How to review a show that is just about perfect? by Toby Zinman

I should have such a problem all the time: how to review a show that is just about perfect.  The post [NYC] SWEENEY TODD (Lutt-Fontanne): How to review a show that is just about perfect? ap…

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Friday, March 24, 2023

SIX (National Tour): The merry wives of Henry VIII by Toby Zinman

And now, “live in consort,” the six wives of Henry VIII: “divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.” The post SIX (National Tour): The merry wives of Henry VIII appeare…

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

[NYC] PARADE (Bernard R. Jacobs Theatre): An all too familiar morality lesson by Toby Zinman

Well, of course I know they were clapping for the cast and not the characters, but there was something creepy about hundreds of people—some of… The post [NYC] PARADE (Bernard R. Jacobs …

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

THE PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW: A dilettante at large review by Toby Zinman

You'll find much beauty in the vast halls of Convention Center.  The post THE PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW: A dilettante at large review appeared first on phindie.

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Sunday, February 19, 2023

MEET ME AT DAWN (Inis Nua): Mysteries and satisfaction by Toby Zinman

Leave it to Inis Nua, the theater company whose name means “New Island” and is dedicated to producing plays from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.… The post MEET ME AT DAWN (Inis …

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Saturday, February 18, 2023

New York Theater Report: Reviews of PICTURES FROM HOME, ENDGAME, and CORNELIA STREET by Toby Zinman

Toby Zinman looks at three plays now New York stages. The post New York Theater Report: Reviews of PICTURES FROM HOME, ENDGAME, and CORNELIA STREET appeared first on phindie.

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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