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POSTED: Monday, October 6, 2014, 5:56 PM

By Toby Zinman

For the Inquirer

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POSTED: Monday, October 6, 2014, 11:28 AM

By Merilyn Jackson

For the Inquirer

It took twenty minutes to cram the expectant audience into every available seat at FringeArts for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s germinal dance, the 1982 Rosas Danst Rosas. It had its Philadelphia premiere Saturday night after touring the world for the past 33 years. It may have arrived late and started late, but for 90 minutes, the still mesmerizingly futuristic dance transported us. 

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POSTED: Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10:30 PM

By Toby Zinman

For the Inquirer

Free Shakespeare is a noble idea and I admire Revolution Shakespeare's commitment to making their productions available to the public, a public willing to sit on blankets in a dark park on a chilly night.

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POSTED: Sunday, October 5, 2014, 1:56 PM

By Wendy Rosenfield

for the Inquirer

The 39 Steps, Patrick Barlow's winking romp through Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film, itself adapted from John Buchan's 1915 spy novel, has proved it has the goods to be a regional theater staple in perpetuity.

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POSTED: Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:32 AM

By Wendy Rosenfield

for the Inquirer

There are so many entrances to Tom Stoppard's sprawling Arcadia: through its parsing of scientific theories, time travel, symbolism, literary references, shifts in cultural and literal landscapes, comedy, tragedy, and the combustible cocktail of fire, youth, sex, and mystery.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:45 AM

By Wendy Rosenfield

for the Inquirer

Times are tough, right? That's one of the few reasons I can imagine for the spreading revival of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, which opened this week both at Delaware Theatre Company and on Broadway.

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POSTED: Friday, September 19, 2014, 2:23 PM
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By Merilyn Jackson

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Loop, Tangle Movement Arts’ 2014 FringeArts offering,  takes to the air to explore themes of identity and sexuality amid an eye-pleasing display of aerial rigging and string sculptures by Julia Wilson.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:09 PM

By Wendy Rosenfield

for the Inquirer

Some guys have all the luck. Tony Braithwaite, in his third season as artistic director of Act II Playhouse, hit a home run by choosing Richard Dresser's two-hander Rounding Third as the company's season opener.

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About this blog
Toby Zinman's night job since 2006 is theater critic for the Inquirer. She also is a contributing writer for Variety and American Theatre magazine. Her day job: Prize-winning prof at UArts, author of four books about four playwrights (Rabe, McNally, Miller, Albee), and doer of scholarly deeds (winner of five NEH grants, Fulbright lecturer at Tel Aviv University, visiting professor in China). Her 'weekend' job as a travel writer provides adventure: dogsledding in the Yukon, ziplining in Belize, walking coast-to-coast across England, and cowboying in the Australian Outback.


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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