Shapiro on Theater

Howard Shapiro
Howard Shapiro
  • 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...
  • June 5, 2017 |  Shapiro On Theater

    Review: Keeping up the pace with 'Uncle Vanya' (Quintessence Theatre Group)

    One glib maxim defines the entirety of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya": Life sucks, then you die. Chekhov loads his masterpiece with char...
  • June 1, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: 'How to Use a Knife' in a chop-chop kitchen (InterAct Theatre Co.)

    The terrific new "How to Use a Knife" comes at you like a play on speed, or maybe a play with no speed limit. What's more, the play mee...
  • May 31, 2017 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: 'Making History' both by doing and by writing

    The colorful historical figure Hugh O'Neill, the chief of an Irish clan as well as the British Earl of Tyrone, would swing both ways: He was a lo...
  • May 26, 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...
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