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My Philadelphia Story: A Tourist in My Hometown

I am a traveler, and several factors make travel unlikely for the nonce. Yet I am lucky to live in a city, and region, with infinite variety. As much I … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Helen and Morris Zoren Awards 2014-2015 — The Qualifiers

Going through 214 programs collected at theatrical performances during the 2014-2015 season is four times as exhilarating as it is exhausting. Besides programs, constant theatergoers also collect memories, often cherished … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Around the World in 80 Days — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

While at times muddying the action that is supposed to taking place or allowing zaniness to go a tad unbridled, director Russell Treyz grants enough quarter to cogent, cohesive storytelling … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

I Hate Hamlet — Montgomery Theater

We need to start a Paul Rudnick fund. We need to find some way of rerouting Paul Rudnick from whatever he might be doing and encouraging him to write a … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee — Princeton Festival

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a delicate piece. On one level it always works because of William Finn’s irrepressibly upbeat score and the goofy characters conceived by … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Mother Has 4 Noses — People’s Light & Theatre Company

The title of Jonatha Brooke’s presentation with music, “My Mother Has 4 Noses,” is literal. Her mother, Darren Stone, a published poet, was a Christian Scientist. She developed cancer in … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Les Misérables — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Regional theater productions of the perennial Broadway staple, “Les Misérables,” have confirmed how durable Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer’s musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century epic is. … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hands Up — Flashpoint Theatre at Caplan Studio Theatre

The power of “Hands Up,” a compendium of six monologues commissioned by The New Black Fest and presented by Flashpoint Theatre, is not in the originality or variety of what … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Post Haste — Hedgerow Theatre

Emily Post was a well-published, well-connected writer who found her enduring cash cow of a subject, etiquette, while observing the manners of people she met during a 1915 cross-country automobile … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to Write a New Book for the Bible — People’s Light & Theatre Company

I say it often, and I mean it sincerely. There’s no pro like an old pro. I uttered that line first after seeing Helen Gallagher and Eddie Bracken in a … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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