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This Is The Week That Is — 1812 Productions at Plays & Players

What a difference a season makes! Last spring, 1812 Productions moved its annual “This Is The Week That Is” from the holiday slot to April.  The show had zing to … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Plaid Tidings — Bucks County Playhouse

“The Godfather, Part 2″ and the last entries in the Harry Potter series aside, my long-standing opinion is sequels are generally not as sharp as originals for one of two … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Outside Mullingar — Philadelphia Theatre Co. at Suzanne Roberts

“Outside Mullingar” is a roundabout love story that is tinged with Irish loquaciousness, humor, and frankness that keeps you listening and, sporadically, laughing until John Patrick Shanley deigns to bend the … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Birdman — a movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu

The spirit of Samuel Taylor Coleridge has to be invoked practically every minute Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman” digitally projects on the screen. While Michael Keaton, in his best role of … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon — People’s Light

Watching Christopher Patrick Mullen laboring back and forth across the People’s Light stage wrestling with a dragon’s tail sets up the farcical silliness of Michael Ogborn’s latest panto, “Arthur and … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cinderella — National Tour — Academy of Music

A waltz makes the difference in the touring production of “Cinderella.” All goes along ably but without much excitement until, dressed in simple white and looking demure among other women … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

QED — Lantern Theater

Beating bongos with flawless aplomb, dancing with ingenuous abandon, donning an elaborate costume with panache, or entertaining enthusiastic Russian guests, Peter DeLaurier endows Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman with a … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Les Miserables — Media Theatre

Voices carry Jesse Cline’s triumphant production of “Les Misérables” at Media Theatre. The singing of Elisa Matthews, Lauren Cupples, James Zannelli, Sean Thompson, and John D. Smitherman is emotive and … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Matter of Frank Schaefer — Curio Theatre

The challenge in documentary theater is how to tell the story accurately, with the tone and intent of every speaker intact, while finding the dramatic spark that makes testimony and … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lost in Yonkers — Bristol Riverside Theatre

In a true yarn that becomes a family joke, one grandson tells another his uncle’s story about how a horse fell on Grandma Kurnitz seventy years ago causing nagging lifelong pain, … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

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