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“Fabulous” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arden Theatre Company

Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215.922.1122
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Portland, OR
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“Fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

First of all their children's plays are outstanding. We took the kids to Peter Pan and to the Adventurers and to lots more and what the kids love is they can ask the actors questions after the play. Our son was in awe to meet Captain Hook. The evening shows are also fantastic. We saw Sunday in the Park with George and the production exceeded any Broadway show I've seen, really. An absolutely unforgettable production.

Visited July 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Theatre Excursion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I had the pleasure of seeing a performance at the Arden Theatre when my grandchildren were pre-schoolers. The theatre in the round in magnificient and no matter where you sat, you were able to see the stage. I have to say that it was well before May 2013 that I saw this play, but I would highly recommend this as a place to see if you are in Philadelphia with young children. They will be captivated.

Visited May 2013
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“Arden Theatre- such a gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We are loyal fans of the Arden Theatre holding season tickets for over 15 years and attend even the Childrens Shows 2x a year. It's hard not to love everything about The Arden. The show selections every year are fantastic-we take the Leap Of Faith every year which provides a break on price by signing up w/o knowing the shows! THAT's HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE WE HAVE IN THEIR PRODUCTIONS.

The performances are always high quality (we love them all but stand outs include Jeffrey Coon, Mary Martello, Scott Greer, Ben Dibble, Doug Hara).

The sets are insane, they can be minimalist but highly effective or extravagant and wildly detailed.

There is not a bad seat in the house, regardless of which stage (there are 2) you are in or what configuration they have developed.

The prices are extremely reasonable. Often under $30.

Where else can you see high quality, often ground breaking performances with professional actors at the top of their game, in a smallish theater with amazing sets for such a small price? Dramas or musicals. They are all truly amazing.

What a true gem in Philly. Thank You Arden!

Visited March 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Their childrens programs are very well done”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Arden does some of the best children's theater in my opinion. The plays are family friendly and very creative. They do a Q&A after the performance so kids can ask how things were done. The actors also mingle in the lobby after the show so kids can meet them. First class!

Visited December 2013
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“My best pick in Philly theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Been going to the Arden over the years. Have never seen a bad presentation. I like their versatility & subjects that are out of the box. Most recently water by the spoonful was thought provoking. Years ago I was so enthralled by the grapes of wrath presentation that I had to giggle when I realized I was mesmerized by actors holding flashlights, seated on milk crates to successfully create the illusion of riding on a truck. How about the Lindbergh kidnapping as a musical?
Creativity reigns. Marvelous acting reigns. Kudos. Go there. Take a chance on mystery season tickets. Live some!

Visited February 2014
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