The “Theater Beat” column rounds up news and notes from the theater scene in and around Philadelphia.
Have you made a New Year’s resolution to get out more — and away from your screens — at the dawn of 2020? Philadelphia has an amazingly rich theater culture, with dozens of companies entertaining live audiences at familiar main stages like the Arden and the Wilma and at intimate quirky playhouses like the theater above the bar at the Latvian Society just off 7th and Spring Garden Streets.
In this week’s column, like last week’s, we reached out to Philadelphia theater pros for their suggestions to help you keep your resolution. (It’s more fun than dieting!)
Robinson, a Barrymore Award-winning director and Temple University theater professor, is directing a concert staging of Little Shop of Horrors starring the cast of The Color Purple at Theatre Horizon (Jan. 24-26). “It stands to be a great reunion for the cast and loads of fun. I definitely recommend it.” Beyond that, she’s eager to see:
Zizka, the artistic director of The Wilma Theater, will next direct Wilma’s production of Describe the Night (Jan. 28-Feb. 16) by Rajiv Joseph, the author of Broadway’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. The 2019 Obie winner for best play explores the blurred lines between lies, history, and conspiracy theories, as it tracks back and forth across 90 years of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia — “an astonishing ride,” Zizka said. On her list at other theaters are: