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The Calamari Sisters — Born on a Sofa on Fire Island

This is a reprint of an interview I did with Dan Lavender, one of the three “fathers” of “The Calamari Sisters,” that I wrote in 2012 when it appeared in … Continue reading

August 1, 2014

The Book of Mormon — National Tour — Forrest Theatre

The prevailing impression might be that “The Book of Mormon,” the 2011 Tony-winning musical by “South Park” scamps Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is savagely irreverent and pierces religion and … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cape May Summer Club — Cape May Convention Hall

The sharp white dinner jackets and black bow ties tell one story. Tight harmonies on “Guys and Dolls” classics, “Fugue for Tinhorns” and “Luck Be a Lady,” tell another. Entertaining … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tommy — New Cavern Productions

The first thing I look for in the inaugural production of a theater company is the will to do good work. New Cavern Productions, the brainchild of founders who are … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Women of Will — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Book my trip to Lenox, Massachusetts. After seeing, and hearing, the magic Tina Packer, can conjure using primarily language, movement, and attitude, I want to see anything theatrical in which … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Didn’t Your Father Have This Talk With You? — Reprise — Act II Playhouse

Tony Braithwaite is reprising his one-man show, “Didn’t Your Father Have This Talk With You?,” at the Act II Playhouse, where he is artistic director, through Sunday, August 3. This … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike — Bucks County Playhouse

Someone who writes lines as punchy and hilarious as Christopher Durang does should remember each whine, comeback, and bon mot he composes. Especially while he is playing the character that … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Patrick Mulcahy’s production of “Macbeth” for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival takes a sharp turn for the better when Ian Bedford, as Shakespeare’s title character, launches into the soliloquy in which Macbeth … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Andy: A Popera — Bearded Ladies Company at the Wilma

Andy Warhol’s fame has lasted far more than 15 minutes, and in “Andy: A Popera,” fictional professor and lecturer, Dr. Peter P. Never has been obsessed with the seminal pop … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lend Me a Tenor — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

When a piece of a door breaks off after apparently being slammed one time past its tolerance, actor Perry Ojeda, playing an internationally renowned opera singer in “Lend Me a … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

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