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The Barber of Seville — Opera Philadelphia

Michael Shell’s production of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” for Opera Philadelphia is an intricately crafted mélange in every conceivable way. The title character, Figaro, enters on a contemporary bicycle … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Addams Family — Media Theatre

Jeffrey Coon and Jennie Eisenhower ace their roles as Gomez and Morticia Addams in Dann Dunn’s production of “The Addams Family” for Media Theatre because they each have the good … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

King Lear — Globe Theatre at The Annenberg Center

From its first syllable, the Globe Theatre production of “King Lear” impresses with its directness and animation. Line readings are brisk and straightforward. Natural posture and expression reigns. Nothing is … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Love Letters — Delaware Theatre Company

As I often say with fondness, there’s no pro like an old pro. By “old,” I am not referring to age as much as to experience and seasoning that gives … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church — ActorsNET

In Pennington Gap, Virginia,  the cognate to being in the Junior League or Jaycees is to be a member of a church’s charitable sisterhood. These are select groups that don’t … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo — Temple Theaters at the Adrienne

I know Darryl Gene Daughtry, Jr. is an effective actor because his  portrayal of Kev, a jumpy, quick reacting soldier in Rajiv Joseph’s play, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

La Bête — Arden Theatre

All begins well with Emmanuelle Delpech’s production of “La Bête” at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre. That is if you don’t count the gratuitously bizarre antics of Amanda Schoonover as Dorine, the … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

By You That Made Me, Frankenstein — Philadelphia Opera Collective

The context in which Mary Shelley’s novel, “Frankenstein,” was written is almost as fascinating as the groundbreaking novel itself. Then Mary Godwin, the daughter of two cultural lights of the … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fences — People’s Light & Theatre Company

August Wilson’s finest play, “Fences,” is set in the 1950s, one of the more fertile and groundbreaking decades of American theater. Kamilah Forbes’s production of “Fences” for People’s Light & … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rounding Third — Act II Playhouse

“Rounding Third” is a modest piece with ambitions beyond its reach. It will never be as poignant or commentating as playwright Richard Dresser intends it to be, but  as a … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

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