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THE METAMORPHOSIS: Quintessence Brings Kafka to Mount Airy

Professional Theatre, Reviews February 14, 2015 at 10:58 am 0 comments

As part of the 100th anniversary commemoration of Kafka’s seminal work of fiction, Quintessence Theatre Group is presenting a stage version of THE METAMORPHOSIS. Rebecca Wright directs Stephen Berkoff’s adaptation, which will be onstage at the Sedgewick Theatre on Germantown Avenue through March 1. Franz Kafka is regarded by many […]

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RICHARD II Holds Court at Quintessence Theatre Group

Professional Theatre October 22, 2014 at 8:34 am 0 comments

Two Shakespeare works RICHARD II and AS YOU LIKE IT are currently running in rotating repertory at Quintessence Theatre Group. The same cast of thirteen men undertakes both through November 8th , under the direction of Alexander Burns. RICHARD II is a dramatic piece which allows the actors to explore […]

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Don’t Miss a Comedy Romp AS YOU LIKE IT at Quintessence

Professional Theatre October 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm 0 comments

Along Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy is the home of Philadelphia’s own Quintessence Theatre Group. When the theatrical pieces fit so perfectly, the public needs to know. According to the program note of Alexander Burns, Artistic Director, Quintessence is “…dedicated to the performance and adaptation of epic works of classic […]

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O’Neill’s ELECTRA is Intense, Strong at Quintessence Theatre Group

Professional Theatre April 18, 2014 at 9:17 pm 0 comments

Quintessence Theatre Group in Mt. Airy celebrated its 4th anniversary on Saturday April 5th with opening night of it’s first American classic piece, Eugene O’Neill’s MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA. Adapted from Aeschylus’ THE ORESTEIA, O’Neill crafted a trilogy of 3 shorter plays that follow a single story line, and are usually […]

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS at Quintessence: A Family Classic for the Holiday Season

Professional Theatre December 24, 2013 at 11:14 am 0 comments

‘Tis the season for sugarplum fairies, light shows, mall shopping, full schedules, and exhaustion; these are the sights and sounds that overstimulate while under-utilizing imagination. It always seems that there is too little time for what really matters. There is too much hype, a cacophony of attention grabbing devices, and […]

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“Curtain Up!” Podcast Episode 32: December 13, 2013

Podcasts December 8, 2013 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Check out the latest episode of the “Curtain Up!” podcast. Don’t forget you can subscribe to “Curtain Up!” podcast on Apple iTunes. Click here to subscribe. From other podcast programs you can follow it by subscribing to the feed, http://www.stagemagazine.org/feed/curtainuppodcast/.

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SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER at Quintessence Theatre Group

Professional Theatre October 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm 1 comment

“Quintessence Theatre Group is dedicated to the performance and adaptation of epic works of classic literature and drama for the contemporary stage, which ignites the mind through the power of the actor, design, and spoken word.” I am rooting for this budding young theatre company, who’ve bravely taken an enormous […]

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“Curtain Up!” Podcast Episode 25: October 25, 2013

Podcasts October 20, 2013 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Check out the latest episode of the “Curtain Up!” podcast. Don’t forget you can subscribe to “Curtain Up!” podcast on Apple iTunes. Click here to subscribe. From other podcast programs you can follow it by subscribing to the feed, http://www.stagemagazine.org/feed/curtainuppodcast/.

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Classic Piece Given Modern Twist at Quintessence

Professional Theatre March 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm 0 comments

Quintessence Theatre Group in Mt. Airy continues bringing classic theatre to the area with the adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story, DIARY OF A MADMAN. This adaptation, by David Holman, Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush is a fairly faithful retelling of the story of Mr. Poprishchin, whose disenchantment with his […]

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John Williams as Alceste and Mattie Hawkinson as Jennifer in Quintessence Theatre Group's THE MISANTHROPE. (Photo credit: Shawn May)

Quintessence Puts a Crimp into Its Molière: THE MISANTHROPE

Professional Theatre May 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm 0 comments

Quintessence Theatre Group closes its third season with its Chocolate & Champagne Repertory of two classics: Martin Crimp’s adaptation of Molière’s THE MISANTHROPE, and George Bernard Shaw’s ARMS AND THE MAN – in rotation Wednesday, April 17 through Sunday, May 26, at the Sedgwick Theater in Mt. Airy. Both productions […]

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Quintessence’s ARMS AND THE MAN Plays Up the Farce

Quintessence’s ARMS AND THE MAN Plays Up the Farce

Professional Theatre April 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm 0 comments

Two main threads run through George Bernard Shaw’s plays: social critique (he was an early member of the socialist Fabian society) and sharp observant humor. Some of Shaw’s social criticism transfers to modern audiences (PYGMALION’s class consciousness endures), others seem dated. Finding the relevant material and humor is the challenge […]

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Quintessence Theatre Group Offers Impressive ANTIGONE

Professional Theatre March 18, 2012 at 10:08 am 0 comments

The Sedgwick Theater in Germantown, just below Chestnut Hill, is an adventure in itself. One walks through an amazing Art Deco ruin, into a small converted portion of an old theater that has approximately 90 seats, with a high unrestored ceiling and chandelier. Seating is on three sides of a […]

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Quintessence Theatre Group’s Americanization of Venice

Around the Region October 25, 2011 at 8:59 am 0 comments

Two Venetian-themed comedies are currently running in repertory at Quintessence Theatre Group’s home base in Mt. Airy’s historic Sedgwick Theater: Goldoni’s THE VENETIAN TWINS of 1748; and Shakespeare’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, written circa 1596-98. Quintessence consistently utilizes a bare stage with minimal props, to focus on the actor and […]

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A Quintessential Production in Mt. Airy

Around the Region May 6, 2011 at 8:43 am 0 comments

Quintessence Theatre Group in Mt. Airy opened its latest production, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde. The play is the classic piece satirizing Victorian society and principles, and this new production does a wonderful job of bringing Wilde’s characters to life. Director Alexander Burns chose to bring this […]

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Moliere’s DON JUAN: A Must-See Modern Adaptation

Around the Region February 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm 1 comment

Molière’s DON JUAN, in a new translation by Neil Bartlett, is being presented by the Quintessence Theatre Group at the Sedgwick Theater in Mt. Airy, February 19th through March 13th.  Given that STAGE Magazine readers are comprised mostly of people who love theatre arts, I must say that this is […]

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PLATO’S APOLOGY: THE TRIAL OF SOCRATES at Quintessence in Mt. Airy

Around the Region November 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm 0 comments

All the world’s a stage and before Shakespeare there were the ancient Greek plays of Aeschulus, Sophocles and Euripedes; and there was the philosophy of Socrates. Quintessence Theatre Group is presenting PLATO’S APOLOGY: THE TRIAL OF SOCRATES at the physically condensed Sedgwick Theater on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia’s Mt. Airy […]

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Quintessence’s HENRY V is Both Moving and Educational

Around the Region October 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm 0 comments

Shakespeare’s history plays may never have the same general celebrity as say Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet, but with Quintessence’s HENRY V now playing at the Sedgwick Theater in Mt. Airy, audiences will delight to discover a well performed tale of honor, bravery, politics, and self discovery. Shakespeare’s eleven history […]

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