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Groucho: A Life in Revue — Actors NET at the Heritage Center Theatre

Off stage, David Newhouse looks nothing like Groucho Marx. His features are more delicate and less defined. He is fair complected and has downier hair. In makeup, even some of … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hairy Ape — EgoPo Classic Theater at The Latvian Society

Fueled by an extraordinary performance by Matteo Scammell as Yank, Brenna Geffers’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape” for EgoPo is a magnificent example of how expressionistic stylization can … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Threepenny Opera — Villanova Theatre at Vasey Hall

Kurt Weill’s insistent tingel-tangel score for “The Threepenny Opera” pervades the Vasey Hall stage, with horns and drum pumping to a martial beat that sometimes turns lyrical and satirically elegant. … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marry Me a Little — Montgomery Theater

Throwaway Sondheim is gold compared to most songs that pass for being of Broadway, or any other kind of, quality today. In 1980, Craig Lucas and Norman Rene compiled a … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Penelope — Inis Nua at Prince Music Theater

Some plays are production-dependent. Their quality as dramatic pieces may be assured, but they have an equal chance of soaring or tanking according to how they are presented or performed. … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Underneath the Lintel — Hedgerow Theatre

“Underneath the Lintel” is one of the funniest and most entertaining of all shaggy dog stories. In it, a bureaucrat who has rarely left his hometown of Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Shadow of a Gunman — Irish Heritage Theatre at Adrienne Skybox

Donal Davoren is in a precarious position, A newcomer to a Dublin tenement in which he’s sharing rooms with a slight acquaintance, Seamus Shields, Davoren is a quiet poet whose … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Uncanny Valley — InterAct Theatre at the Adrienne

The InterAct program says 2050 is the not-distant future. I agree. Thirty-five years is not a long time. 1980 seems on occasion like one summer past. Yet think of all … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Fair Maid of the West — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Broad Street Ministry

Charlotte Northeast figured out how to make a rollicking entertainment of Thomas Heywood’s ungainly 1631 intrigue -filled comedy, “The Fair Maid of the West.” She parodies Heywood’s work as she … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Rape of Lucrece — Wilma and Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Wilma

Originally posted on NealsPaper:
Dan Hodge has joined some estimable company. His stirringly moving recitation of Shakespeare’s poem, “The Rape of Lucrece” is a bona fide piece of theater that…

April 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

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