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POSTED: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 4:57 AM

at the National Theatre

By Toby Zinman

For the Inquirer

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:13 AM

Greetings from London!  Here's the first of my week's seven reviews. And although it did not get off to the most exciting of theatrical starts, it's always a great pleasure to be in this great city.

WASTE at the National Theatre

By Toby Zinman

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POSTED: Sunday, November 29, 2015, 12:25 PM
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America’s Civil conflicts filtered through dance

Photo: Bill Hebert

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POSTED: Sunday, November 29, 2015, 9:54 AM

By Toby Zinman

For the Inquirer

“My life has been a ling’ring for the throne.”  So says the man who was Prince Charles and is now King Charles III.  Mike Bartlett's "future history" play, having transferred from London to Broadway, begins with the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest reigning monarch, and ponders what comes next. The very future of the monarchy is called into question.

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POSTED: Friday, November 20, 2015, 8:22 AM

By Toby Zinman

For the Inquirer

"Love your penis, Mike." Dr. Ruth is on the phone with her moving man about packing up her apartment, but he suddenly said, as so many have, "Can I ask you something?" And as we all know, Dr. Ruth Westheimer has made her surprising celebrity career out of giving people sex advice: unembarrassed, straightforward, wise, a Jewish grandmother who's an expert, not on chicken soup but on orgasms.

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POSTED: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:25 AM

By Toby Zinman

For the Inquirer

Roald Dahl's children's book, Matilda, is about a little girl with superpowers, and that just about describes the winsome, hugely talented Mabel Tyler who stars in the touring production currently at the Academy of Music (she's one of three girls who alternate in the role). She delivers complicated lyrics and dialogue—some of it in Russian—and leads with real stage presence a cast of many children and quite a few adults.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 10:08 PM
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BILL HEBERT

BalletX dancers Chloe Felesina and Zachary Kapeluck rehearse Nicolo Fonte''s "Beasts." His piece will have its world premiere Wednesday at the Wilma Theater.

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POSTED: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 11:23 AM

By Toby Zinman

For the Inquirer

Worried about your family's Thanksgiving dinner? Not just the usual aggravations of whether the turkey will defrost on time or whether a helpful aunt will tell you what magic ingredient you left out of the stuffing, but the equally traditional emotional meltdown, when family stress seems to overwhelm gratitude, when bedrock love is overshadowed by bad news.

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About this blog

Toby Zinman's night job since 2006 is theater critic for the Inquirer where she reviews New York and London as well as Philadelphia. Her day job: Prize-winning prof at UArts, author of five books about modern and contemporary drama, and doer of scholarly deeds (winner of five NEH grants, Fulbright lecturer at Tel Aviv University, visiting professor in China). She was recently named by American Theatre magazine "one of the twelve most influential critics in America."


Wendy Rosenfield has written freelance features and theater reviews for The Inquirer since 2006. She was theater critic for the Philadelphia Weekly from 1995 to 2001, after which she enjoyed a five-year baby-raising sabbatical. She serves on the board of the American Theatre Critics Association, was a participant in the Bennington Writer's Workshop, a 2008 NEA/USC Fellow in Theater and Musical Theater, and twice was guest critic for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's Region II National Critics Institute. She received her B.A. from Bennington College and her M.L.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She also is a fiction writer, was proofreader to a swami, publications editor for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and spends all her free time working out and driving people places. Follow her on Twitter @WendyRosenfield.


Jim Rutter has reviewed theater for The Inquirer since September, 2011. Since 2006, he covered dance, theater and opera for the Broad Street Review, and has also written for many suburban newspapers, including The Main Line Times. In 2009, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a Fellowship in Arts Journalism. Thames & Hudson released his updated and revised version of Ballet and Modern Dance in June, 2012. From 1998 to 2005, he taught philosophy and logic at Drexel, and then Widener University. He also coaches Olympic Weightlifting for Liberty Barbell, and has competed at the national level in that sport since 2001.


Merilyn Jackson regularly writes on dance for The Inquirer and other publications. She specializes in the arts, literature, food, travel, and Eastern European culture and politics. In 2001, she was dance critic in residence at the Festival of Contemporary Dance in Bytom, Poland; in 2005, she received an NEA Critics’ Fellowship to Duke University’s Institute for Dance Criticism. She likes to say that dance was her first love but that when she discovered writing she began to cheat on dance. Now that she writes about dance, she’s made an honest woman of herself, although she also writes poetry.

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