Shapiro on Theater

Howard Shapiro
Howard Shapiro
  • September 23, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: That 'Stupid F#*@ing Bird' is surely a Seagull

    Oh, the pain of it! And the angst. But, hey ... what about the fun? The fun is not what you expect from Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," ...
  • September 17, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Fringe reviews: 'The Elementary Spacetime Show,' 'Switched!' and 'The Chairs'

    The Elementary Spacetime Show We sit facing a broken, hopeless teenager. "This is a list of all the ways that my life is no longer livable,"...
  • September 11, 2016 |  Shapiro On Theater

    Fringe reviews: 'Exile 2588' and 'The Sincerity Project'

    Exile 2588 For its originality alone, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre's "Exile 2588" excels. The theater company takes an obscure part of...
  • September 9, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theatre

    Fringe review: 'Notes of a Native Song'

    It's no wonder that the single-named theater artist Stew and his composer/musician partner Heidi Rodewald sold out their five scheduled performan...
  • September 8, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theater

    What does 'Fringe' mean, anyway?

    A man comes at you in an Old City alley and takes you by the hand as other folks dance toward you, then with you. A car in a multi-level University Ci...
  • September 6, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theater

    All about this year's Philly Fringe Festival, 20 years on

    The Old City neighborhood was buzzing with anticipation 20 years ago this month. Philly performers and directors had invaded its empty spaces -- vacan...
  • August 29, 2016

    This year's Barrymore Award nominations cite 41 productions

    A musical from Norristown's Theatre Horizon and a drama from South Philadelphia's Theatre Exile -- the stage companies that won the two top ...
  • August 25, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: Gender competition in a 'Cake Off'

    What came to be known as the Pillsbury Bake-Off began in 1949 with a grand prize of $50,000. And here's what happened in 1996: The prize was rais...
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