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Howard Shapiro
Howard Shapiro
  • July 18, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, 'Perfect Blue' (Tiny Dynamite)

    The dystopian drama "Perfect Blue" is not just touched by the digital world -- the play and its production are defined by it. It comes from ...
  • July 10, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: Swirling slickly 'Around the World in 80 Days' (Hedgerow Theatre)

    The first time I saw a stage adaptation of “Around the World in 80 Days” it seemed to go on for 80 days. Non-stop adventure after adventure grew tedio...
  • June 21, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: Hats off (and gloves, and stockings and...) to 'Gypsy'

    Let's get right to the point: the ending. It's the final number of "Gypsy," when Rose — the ultimate stage mother from hell — bare...
  • June 14, 2017

    Review: 'School Play' and playing at being schooled

    Lucky Terry Brennan – he gets to play not just a fourth grader, but one who celebrates life with abandon. Or, as his teacher Miss Jackson might say, t...
  • June 12, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: He, she and 'Hir' (Simpatico Theatre)

    Caustic and funny in equal parts, Taylor Mac's "Hir" doesn't bend gender as much as stab it to death with blunt barbs. In a Simpat...
  • June 12, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    The two big Tony winners, connected to Philadelphia

    Philadelphians figured in the two major Tony Awards for excellence on Broadway, presented at Radio City Music Hall in a national broadcast Sunday nigh...
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