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Ragtime — Bristol Riverside Theatre

In addition to telling a moving and compelling story, E.L. Doctorow scored two remarkable achievements when he published his novel, “Ragtime,” in 1975. He composed his novel in the rhythms … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

And Then There Were None — Walnut Street Theatre

Eight people, strangers to each other, are invited to spend the weekend at a British country estate situated on an island and only reachable by boat, a ferry that comes … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Merrily We Roll Along — Temple Theaters at Randall Theater

More than most shows, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s “Merrily We Roll Along” depends on its production. When I saw Harold Prince’s original staging in 1981, I loved several of … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baskerville — McCarter Theatre

Patrick Barlow turned to movies and the master of cinematic suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, when he formulated his humorous romp of a thriller, “The 39 Steps,” a current staple in regional … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Arden Theatre

Ian Merrill Peakes’s Macbeth at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre shows less ambition than dissatisfaction. Nothing is ever good enough for him. He can’t be content with what he has. When Banquo … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Field Hockey Hot — 11th Hour at Adrienne Theatre

Fun, energy, and film noir dramatics with a comic take outweigh any silliness or plot liberties taken in “Field Hockey Hot,” Michael Ogborn’s ebullient world premiere musical being given a … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Collected Stories — Isis Productions at Walnut 5

Writers tell stories. Even as a theater reviewer, when prose is secondary to description and considered opinion, I try to make each critique a story, to give the person who … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Moon Cave — Azuka Theatre at Off-Broad Street Theater

Douglas Williams’s world premiere play, “Moon Cave,” is so engrossing, thought-provoking, and fulfilling to watch develop, it is a jarring shock when it ends so abruptly and seemingly so unresolved. … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ghost — Media Theatre

Jesse Cline has many talents as a theater director, but his forte is bringing characters forward and getting to the core of their personal stories. The musical, “Ghost,” did not … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ariadne auf Naxos — Curtis Opera, Opera Philadelphia at the Perelman

“Ariadne auf Naxos” predates Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” and David Hirson’s “La BĂȘte” by decades, but the situation its plot depicts brings both of those later 20th … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

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