By Wendy Rosenfield
For the Inquirer
All season I’ve been mourning Philadelphia’s loss of the Barrymore Awards and their formal recognition of this region’s theatrical excellence. So in their memory (and this production’s delusional spirit), I nominate Quintessence Theatre Group’s The Diary of a Madman, an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s satirical short story, in whatever categories it would have qualified: best actor, director, production, music, actress. Whatever.
Also present, at least peripherally, is pianist Jamison Foreman, playing a score by David Cope that accents Poprishchin’s flights of fancy and fantasy with a mix ranging from classical to contemporary composer Danny Elfman (via Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure).