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Lulu’s Golden Shoes — Flashpoint Theatre at Caplan Studio Theatre

Ana’s life is not pretty in any way. Her mother’s poverty means a series of power shut-offs, a steady diet of macaroni and cheese, and a sense of hopelessness that … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pericles — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Fashionable though it has become to gush over experimentation and bask in “process,” my firm and decided preference is for the polished and finished. I don’t mind seeing a play … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Henry V — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

The more personal and intimate Matt Pfeiffer’s production of “Henry V” for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is, the better it is. Among Shakespeare’s history plays, “Henry V” always seems most to … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Taming of the Shrew — Delaware Shakespeare Festival in Rockwood Park

Bucolic Rockwood Park, with its greenery, meadows, and mansion on the hill, provides the perfect setting for a show set in sunny Italy but costumed by Kayla Speedy to suggest … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

No Sex Please, We’re British — Hedgerow Theatre

The Hedgerow production of the farce, “No Sex Please, We’re British” creates a great conundrum. From a theatrical point of view, everything is on the mark. Damon Bonetti’s cast hits … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Golden Pond — Bucks County Playhouse

Among the reasons why production is more important than text is the contribution actors make to any performance. Actors, as well as directors, cannot only enhance assets in a script. … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bitter Homes and Gardens — Bearded Ladies Cabaret at PHS Pop-Up Gardens

The corn cob headdress Mary Tuomanen peeks through as she plays an indestructible GMO ear of corn acting as the emcee of pro-green cabaret, and the onion peel dome that … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Foreigner — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Jim Helsinger is a generous director, and actor Jacob Dresch is a worthy recipient of his liberality and trust. Dresch proves this during a seemingly improvisational segment of Larry Shue’s … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Closer Than Ever — Mazeppa Productions at Christ Church Neighborhood House

The proof that David Shire writes catchy tunes is my total inability, or desire, to get several of them out of my head since I heard them almost a week … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Recipients — Helen and Morris Zoren Awards 2014-2015

A glorious season is celebrated by citing some of the best productions and performances seen during it. Awards are a round-up of sorts,. They compact cherished memories and give a … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

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