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POSTED: Friday, August 8, 2014, 8:44 AM

By Toby Zinman

For the Inquirer

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POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 8:40 AM

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POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:07 AM

By Toby Zinman

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What a delight! Aaron Cromie, geniused director, does it again: he takes one of Shakespeare's notoriously goofy comedies, adds a bunch of talented, young actors, and cooks up a delectable dish. This hilarious and moving Love's Labour's Lost is Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's summer production by members of their Classical Acting Academy.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:20 AM

By Toby Zinman

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"An atheist's love letter to religion." That's how Matt Stone, one of the show's creators, described The Book of Mormon, now at the Forrest Theatre for the next six weeks. This prize-winning musical (nine Tony Awards among many others) was written by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, and Stone (these last two are the snark-meisters of TV's South Park--more prizes).

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POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:07 PM
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(CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer) The Koresh brothers - (from left) Nir, Roni, Alon - with their troupe rehearsing for the Come Together Festival.

At Come Together Festival, Koresh Dance brothers now share stage

By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer

Posted: July 22, 2014

 With the Come Together Festival presenting five nights of dance and the city celebrating the annual Philadelphia Dance Day with free workshops, performances, and a massive dance party on Saturday, you won't be able to miss dance in Philadelphia this week.

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POSTED: Sunday, July 20, 2014, 11:03 AM

By Toby Zinman

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Continuing this summer's exciting trend of experimental theater is Applied Mechanics' We Are Bandits, a fascinating and ambitious show at the Asian Arts Initiative.  Rebecca Wright directs a collective of talented people who wrote and composed this piece.

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POSTED: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9:43 AM

By Toby Zinman

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"In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes."   Andy Warhol's fifteen has been the longest in the history of time, and his fame as the artist whose Campbell Soup cans and multiple portraits of Marilyn, lives on. 

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POSTED: Sunday, July 13, 2014, 9:32 AM

By Toby Zinman

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Flashpoint Theatre does it again: the second show of their summer season (following their opener, Miz Martha) is a knockout, with Ben Dibble giving a performance of stunning virtuosity. Herringbone  is a strange and compelling musical by anybody's standards.

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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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