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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike — Bucks County Playhouse

Someone who writes lines as punchy and hilarious as Christopher Durang does should remember each whine, comeback, and bon mot he composes. Especially while he is playing the character that … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Patrick Mulcahy’s production of “Macbeth” for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival takes a sharp turn for the better when Ian Bedford, as Shakespeare’s title character, launches into the soliloquy in which Macbeth … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Andy: A Popera — Bearded Ladies Company at the Wilma

Andy Warhol’s fame has lasted far more than 15 minutes, and in “Andy: A Popera,” fictional professor and lecturer, Dr. Peter P. Never has been obsessed with the seminal pop … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lend Me a Tenor — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

When a piece of a door breaks off after apparently being slammed one time past its tolerance, actor Perry Ojeda, playing an internationally renowned opera singer in “Lend Me a … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Herringbone — Flashpoint Theatre at Off-Broad Street Theatre

All hail Ben Dibble! “Tour de force” is too light a praise to let it suffice to encompass all this brave, virile, agile, expressive triple threat performer offers audiences in … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Marilu Henner — Learning Health, Unlearning Lines

Originally posted on NealsPaper:
Marsha Mason and Marilu Henner Marilu Henner returns to New Hope’s Bucks County Playhouse from July 17 to August 10 as Masha in Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning…

July 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bach at Leipzig — People’s Light & Theatre Company

At the end of the first act of Itamar Moses’s play, “Bach at Leipzig,” I turned to my friend, Byron Fink, and said, “I see. It’s a verbal fugue.” At … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The 39 Steps — Hedgerow Theatre

“The 39 Steps” gets broader every time I see it. My first view, at London’s Criterion Theatre in 2006, was an eye opener. It took me a scene of two … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Xanadu — Mazeppa Productions at Christ Church Neighborhood House

“Xanadu” is a musical that makes fun of itself and the 1980 movie on which it is based. Douglas Carter Beane’s tongue was so far embedded in his cheek when … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Fault in Our Stars — a movie by Josh Boone

Shailene Woodley has natural appeal. In at least three of her films — 2011′s “The Descendants,” last year’s “The Spectacular Now,” and the current “A Fault in Our Stars — … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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