Shapiro on Theater

Howard Shapiro
Howard Shapiro
  • April 20, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: 'I and You,' confined to a room

    It's a rare play that suddenly gathers steam the way Lauren Gunderson's "I and You" does. At People's Light in Malvern, it�...
  • April 6, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' 'Coriolanus,' 'Love's Labour's Lost' — springtime for Shakespeare in Philly

    Summer is Shakespeare's big season, in Philadelphia and around the nation. A few miles north of Quakertown, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival...
  • April 3, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: 'Adapt!' because you must

    Write about what you know, they say. And that's just what Blanka Zizka, the bold and inventive artistic director of Wilma Theater, has done.
  • March 27, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: The importance of 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

    The Walnut Street Theatre seems a natural place to see Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," which premiered in both London ...
  • March 6, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: 'Tomfoolery,' but far from foolish

    Tom Lehrer, a master of irreverence, wrote cheerful songs that slammed core Establishment values in the '50s and also land punches today. I didn&...
  • February 24, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: 'Lost Girls' barely holding on

    Not far from Theatre Exile's Studio X, where a punch-in-the-gut drama called "Lost Girls" is playing, there's a mural that says in...
  • February 22, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: 'The Matchmaker' from another era

    Thornton Wilder's play "The Matchmaker" has a sweet innocence from another time, on clear display in a production at People's Ligh...
  • February 20, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: 'Leper + Chip' = reckless young adults, hooked on trouble

    If a point lurks somewhere in Irish writer Lee Coffey's play called "Leper + Chip," I can't find it. Not that every play needs a p...
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