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Mark Twain Unplugged — Act II Playhouse

Tom Teti’s scholarship impresses. The actor has not only done research to write a script that assigns him the laudable part of America’s finest humorist, Mark Twain, but has obviously … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sizwe Banzi is Dead — McCarter Theatre Company

“Sizwe Banzi is Dead” is genuine work of theater. And an authentic, authoritative look at a shameful period of South African history that skillfully camouflages the importance of the indignities … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Private Lives — Walnut Street Theatre

Kathleen Wallace slides into Noel Coward bons mots with a delicious subtlety that contrasts well with her nimbly gymnastic and diabolically satirical takeoff on Merce Cunningham-Martha Graham modernism when a … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Closer — Luna Theater

The dialogue alone in Patrick Marber’s play, “Closer,” offers enough excellence to celebrate. Marber is a playful writer. The byplay he provides his characters shows their universal sophistication and intelligence. … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hot ‘N’ Cole — Mauckingbird Theatre Company

Enjoyment of the Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s revue, “Hot ‘N’ Cole” depends entirely on which performer sings which particular song and when. All six of the performers in this program of … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Life in the Theatre — Walnut Independence on 3

One thing you learn, with some fascination, as you watch the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre” is how incredibly agile actor Davy Raphaely … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Body of an American — Wilma Theater

Throughout Dan O’Brien’s play, “The Body of an American,” a writer, called Dan because he is the stage alter ego for Dan O’Brien, talks to a character representing Toronto Star … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

On The Verge — Hedgerow Theatre

Naturalists, botanists, zoologists, archeologists, and any number of explorers and adventurers left Britain’s piers from the Georgian to the Victorian periods on scientific expeditions that had the noble intention to … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Motown: The Musical — National Tour — Academy of Music

A familiar beat is struck recalling sounds that were favorites¬†from my transistor-listening, records-in-the-basement youth. You hear a slight strain of the Martha and The Vandellas hit, “Dancing in the Street,” … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards 2014 — The Recipients Are…

In a year chocked with sterling performance, the combined names of two actors who turn out to be recipients of the 2014 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards sound positively Dickensian. Say … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

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