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Antony and Cleopatra — McCarter Theatre

In spite of some judicious editing, and the elision of characters, Emily Mann’s production of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” proceeds slowly and cumbersomely at McCarter Theatre. Opulent though the production … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nine to Five — Walnut Street Theatre

Sharp characterizations by Dee Hoty, Amy Bodnar, and Amanda Rose join with a fireworks explosion of a performance by Mary Martello to keep the Walnut Street Theatre production of Dolly Parton’s … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

iHamlet — Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Stark clarity is the thing in “iHamlet,” a condensed version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece that excerpts and reorders Hamlet’s speeches with occasional Marcellus and Claudius added for good measure. The Philadelphia … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rhinoceros — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium at the Adrienne

A thunderous noise and a cloud of dust causes café lingerers and passersby to stop what they are doing and gape at a rhinoceros charging down the main road of … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Communicating Doors — Hedgerow Theatre

Mystery and time travel supersede comedy in “Communicating Doors,” an absorbing thriller by Alan Ayckbourn, who provides a lot of suspense, several instances of danger, and much to occupy the … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Rape of Lucrece — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Broad Street Ministry

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 entitles Hodge to be … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Souvenir — Montgomery Theater

The souvenir referred to in the title of Stephen Temperley’s affectionate and funny play is a recording by Florence Foster Jenkins, an independently wealthy socialite who became a novelty in … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Intimate Exchanges — 1812 Productions — at the Arden

Alan Ayckbourn loves combinations and permutations as much as a mathematician does. The playwright is constantly coming up with different ways a single play can include multiple variations of a … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur — Shaw Festival — Court House Theatre

“A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” is a compact one-act that carries the emotional and theatrical heft of a full-length play. Written by Tennessee Williams after his prime, “Creve Coeur,” … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

When We Are Married — Shaw Festival — Royal George Theatre

Joseph Ziegler’s production of J.B. Priestley’s “When We Are Married” for the Shaw Festival is  a study of comic timing , characterization, and line delivery. Everything is this letter perfect … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

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