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Les Miserables — Media Theatre

Voices carry Jesse Cline’s triumphant production of “Les Mis√©rables” at Media Theatre. The singing of Elisa Matthews, Lauren Cupples, James Zannelli, Sean Thompson, and John D. Smitherman is emotive and … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Matter of Frank Schaefer — Curio Theatre

The challenge in documentary theater is how to tell the story accurately, with the tone and intent of every speaker intact, while finding the dramatic spark that makes testimony and … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lost in Yonkers — Bristol Riverside Theatre

In a true¬†yarn that becomes a family joke, one grandson tells another his uncle’s story about how a horse fell on Grandma Kurnitz seventy years ago causing nagging lifelong pain, … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Big Love — Villanova Theatre at Vasey

Two musical interludes that had nothing to do with the plot count as my favorite moments in the Villanova production of “Big Love” at Vasey Theatre. The first is a … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mary Poppins — Walnut Street Theatre

Although Lindsey Bliven, playing the title role, rouses the Walnut Street Theatre audience in burgeoning numbers such as “Anything Can Happen” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” the highlights of Wayne Bryan’s staging of … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rest, In Pieces — Delaware Theatre Company

Steve Bluestein must have been bitten by what I call the Harvey Spiegelgass bug. Harvey Spiegelgass does not exist. He is an amalgam of playwrights like Harvey Perr, Leonard Spiegelgass, … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Watson Intelligence — Azuka at Off-Broad Street Theatre

Watson is a name associated with indispensable assistants. Think of Thomas Watson, who heard the first words spoken over a telephone, “Come here, Mr. Watson; I want you,” or of … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Glass Menagerie — Act II Playhouse

The sad lucklessness of the Wingfield family of FDR-era St. Louis resonates deeply through James J. Christy’s production of “The Glass Menagerie” for Act II Playhouse. All of Amanda’s plans … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Blood Wedding — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Mandell

Everything about Matthew Campbell’s set for Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s “Blood Wedding” suggests arid languor. Though the stucco arches that stand for houses, plazas, and towns are often lit by Dominic … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Red Speedo — Theatre Exile

Stupidity threatens to take a severe toll on three lives as playwright Lucas Hnath demonstrates that ignorance does not lead to bliss in his funny, sidewinding tale, “Red Speedo,” given … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

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