All Things Entertaining and Cultural

Matilda — National Tour — Academy of Music

Being the main character in a Roald Dahl story, Matilda is a child beset with problems that threaten her peace, safety, and self-esteem. As opposed to the orphans that populate … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Second Mrs. Wilson — George Street Playhouse

Heaven bless Joe DiPietro for eschewing the current penchant for 90-minute works that dwell on single issues or one character’s stifling neurosis in a staccato shorthand that barely scratches surfaces, … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ruth, Billy, Nativity, Ralphie, Free Man, Matilda, Mrs. Wilson, Musketeers, Lintel

BECOMING DR. RUTH — Walnut Independence on 3, Philadelphia, through December 27 — Jane Ridley is consistently engaging in Mark St. Germain’s chatty, informative solo play about Karola Siegel who … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lafferty’s Wake — Society Hill Playhouse

For a wee brief while, I was Jimmy O’Donnell, paying respects to my great friend and boon companion, one Charlie Lafferty, whose funeral is the occasion for the audience participation … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Villanova Theatre at Vasey Theatre

Although passages are cut and the story is framed to be a close comparison of the men who might rule Scotland in James J. Christy’s production of “Macbeth” at Villanova … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lights Rise on Grace — Azuka Theatre at the Adrienne

“Tough” is the operative word for the unnurtured souls in Chad Beckim’s “Lights Rise on Grace.” The three focal characters all come from the same lower class New York City … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Watership Down — Simpatico Theatre Project at Mandell Theater

Events of this week make it abundantly clear why a group of living beings may want to seek or create an idyllic spot where, like a chastened Candide, they can … Continue reading

November 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mountain — Bristol Riverside Theatre

The thrilling thing about Keith Baker’s towering performance as Justice William O. Douglas in “Mountain” is how the actor’s wit and thoroughness goes beyond the biography of Douglas Scott’s script … Continue reading

November 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Fox on the Fairway — Act II Playhouse

Golf is a religion to the characters in Ken Ludwig’s amusing flapdoodle of a farce, “The Fox on the Fairway.” Both acts of the clockwork-structured comedy, filled, as all Ludwig … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dracula — Hedgerow Theatre

How wonderful to attend a classic play that could be done as a “39 Steps-like” comedy and see it taken seriously! In addition to praising Hedgerow and director Dan Hodge … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

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