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Ain’t Misbehavin’ — Bucks County Playhouse

Zest and gaiety are so engrained in Fats Waller’s tunes, a show like “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” that features a collection of Waller composition, automatically comes packed with lively jazz and sassy … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Charity That Began at Home — Shaw Festival — Court House Theatre

Influenced by a sympathetic activist who believes every one deserves a second chance and that positive attention will improve, if not restore, a person’s social poise, the wealthy Lady Denison, … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cabaret — Shaw Festival — Festival Theatre

Entering the Festival Theatre for Peter Hinton’s production of “Cabaret” at the Shaw Festival, you sense a big monolithic spiral staircase that sits on a large turntable center stage. Hinton … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Juno and the Paycock — Shaw Festival — Royal George Theatre

Jackie Maxwell’s production of “Juno and the Paycock” for the Shaw Festival is more than a sum of its parts. It’s a careful and seamless blending of episodes Sean O’Casey … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Shaw Festival — Preliminary Report

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario — During the next week, I will post full reviews of the 10 plays included on this year’s Shaw Festival roster. My intention was to file a review … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

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