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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

Big Love — Villanova Theatre at Vasey

Two musical interludes that had nothing to do with the plot count as my favorite moments in the Villanova production of “Big Love” at Vasey Theatre. The first is a … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mary Poppins — Walnut Street Theatre

Although Lindsey Bliven, playing the title role, rouses the Walnut Street Theatre audience in burgeoning numbers such as “Anything Can Happen” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” the highlights of Wayne Bryan’s staging of … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rest, In Pieces — Delaware Theatre Company

Steve Bluestein must have been bitten by what I call the Harvey Spiegelgass bug. Harvey Spiegelgass does not exist. He is an amalgam of playwrights like Harvey Perr, Leonard Spiegelgass, … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Watson Intelligence — Azuka at Off-Broad Street Theatre

Watson is a name associated with indispensable assistants. Think of Thomas Watson, who heard the first words spoken over a telephone, “Come here, Mr. Watson; I want you,” or of … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Glass Menagerie — Act II Playhouse

The sad lucklessness of the Wingfield family of FDR-era St. Louis resonates deeply through James J. Christy’s production of “The Glass Menagerie” for Act II Playhouse. All of Amanda’s plans … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Blood Wedding — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Mandell

Everything about Matthew Campbell’s set for Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s “Blood Wedding” suggests arid languor. Though the stucco arches that stand for houses, plazas, and towns are often lit by Dominic … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Red Speedo — Theatre Exile

Stupidity threatens to take a severe toll on three lives as playwright Lucas Hnath demonstrates that ignorance does not lead to bliss in his funny, sidewinding tale, “Red Speedo,” given … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hamlet — Hedgerow Theatre

Jared Reed has a way of reading soliloquies that brings you immediately into Hamlet’s thought processes. Reed, playing the role at Hedgerow Theatre, is a Hamlet you could never construe … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Equivocation — ActorsNET at Heritage Center Theatre

Shakespeare is given a daunting assignment in Bill Cain’s sprawlingly engrossing play, “Equivocation.” He, by order of Sir Robert Cecil, who speaks for the British monarch, James I, is told … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

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