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Doubt: A Parable — Lantern Theater

Of the myriad productions I’ve seen of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” Kathryn MacMillan’s staging for Philadelphia’s Lantern Theater is the first to give serious consideration to the play’s subtitle, “A … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Gun Show — Passage Theatre at Mill Hill Playhouse

E.M. Lewis knows guns. She grew up in rural Oregon on a farm that was 50 miles from the nearest police station and a considerable distance from its nearest neighbor. … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mark Twain Unplugged — Act II Playhouse

Tom Teti’s scholarship impresses. The actor has not only done research to write a script that assigns him the laudable part of America’s finest humorist, Mark Twain, but he has … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sizwe Banzi is Dead — McCarter Theatre Company

“Sizwe Banzi is Dead” is genuine work of theater. And an authentic, authoritative look at a shameful period of South African history that skillfully camouflages the importance of the indignities … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Private Lives — Walnut Street Theatre

Kathleen Wallace slides into Noel Coward bons mots with a delicious subtlety that contrasts well with her nimbly gymnastic and diabolically satirical takeoff on Merce Cunningham-Martha Graham modernism when a … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Closer — Luna Theater

The dialogue alone in Patrick Marber’s play, “Closer,” offers enough excellence to celebrate. Marber is a playful writer. The byplay he provides his characters shows their universal sophistication and intelligence. … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hot ‘N’ Cole — Mauckingbird Theatre Company

Enjoyment of the Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s revue, “Hot ‘N’ Cole” depends entirely on which performer sings which particular song and when. All six of the performers in this program of … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Life in the Theatre — Walnut Independence on 3

One thing you learn, with some fascination, as you watch the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre” is how incredibly agile actor Davy Raphaely … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Body of an American — Wilma Theater

Throughout Dan O’Brien’s play, “The Body of an American,” a writer, called Dan because he is the stage alter ego for Dan O’Brien, talks to a character representing Toronto Star … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

On The Verge — Hedgerow Theatre

Naturalists, botanists, zoologists, archeologists, and any number of explorers and adventurers left Britain’s piers from the Georgian to the Victorian periods on scientific expeditions that had the noble intention to … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

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