All Things Entertaining and Cultural

Four of a Dozen Fast Takes — Bullshot Crummond; Closer; God of Carnage; Gypsy

I need to catch up. September, for whatever reason, was fast, furious, and busy. To be neurotically complete about some reviews, I concentrated on a few and let others go … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

According to Goldman — Act II Playhouse

David Bradley and an excellent cast of Tony Braithwaite, Susan Riley Stevens, and Luke Brahdt have elevated Bruce Graham’s play about a successful screenwriter and his promising protégé from a … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

High Society — Walnut Street Theatre

The Walnut Street Theatre production of “High Society” is a curiosity in two distinct and separate ways, one having to do with its performances, the other regarding Arthur Kopit’s unnecessary … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baby Doll — McCarter Theatre Company, Berlind Theatre

In Tennessee Williams’s script for “27 Wagons Full of Cotton” and the 1956 screenplay that derives from it, “Baby Doll,” everybody puts Baby in a corner. Or foments her retreating … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Eurydice — Villanova Theatre at Vasey Hall

Eurydice leads a charmed death. Holding her breath while submerged in the River Styx during her crossing from life to the Underworld, and jauntily sporting a tentlike umbrella as she … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

All My Sons — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Seeing a naturalistic play by one of the masters of the form, Arthur Miller, with a cast and set that are as realistic and as authentically moving as the text, … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Karen Mason — Breath and Song Restored

Originally posted on NealsPaper:
In an earlier era, Karen Mason would be an international star. Her voice is one of the best and most versatile, and her song stylings range…

September 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Scandinavian Excursions with a Dutch Accent — Fringe Arts

In his still, intellectual scripts and screenplays, Ingmar Bergman creates intensity by having characters articulately express, even when silent, what living is for them Life and death is a constant … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Captive — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at The Physick House

Édouard Bourdet’s “La Prisonnière,” which translates in English to “The Captive,” was bold for 1926 as it centered on a taboo subject, Lesbianism, and caused a stir in Paris, New … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Exit the King — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium at Walnut 3

Mortality motivates me. The way death affects life interests me so much, I attend, when possible, a monthly group discussion called The Death Café in Center City Philadelphia. It’s not … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

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