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Review Roundup: This Week in Critics

Posted May 15th, 2009

>>>J. Cooper Robb highlights summer productions in Philadelphia Weekly. Of note: June brings us the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival; July sees Chicago’s Second City improv group to the Suzanne Roberts Theater (home of the Philadelphia Theatre Company) to mock what makes Philadelphia great; and Shakespeare returns to Clark Park at the end of July with The Comedy of Errors.

>>>At the Inquirer, Toby Zinman writes up a pleasant interview with Alvin Epstein, who stars as Sigmund Freud in Hysteria, now at the Wilma Theater. Howard Shapiro stumps for Thoroughly Modern Millie, which is at the Media Theatre through June 7, and Wendy Rosenfeld isn’t too hyped about the tour through feminism offered by Act II Playhouse’s Respect: A Musical Journey of Women.

>>>Finally, way back when, Wendy Rosenfeld’s Arts Journal blog Drama Queen linked to this long-ish piece on the traditions and values of the print critic by Jay Rayner, a print critic for London’s Guardian. It published last summer, but it’s still well worth considering as print media travails in the U.S. continue.

–Nicholas Gilewicz