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A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur — Shaw Festival — Court House Theatre

“A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” is a compact one-act that carries the emotional and theatrical heft of a full-length play. Written by Tennessee Williams after his prime, “Creve Coeur,” … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

When We Are Married — Shaw Festival — Royal George Theatre

Joseph Ziegler’s production of J.B. Priestley’s “When We Are Married” for the Shaw Festival is  a study of comic timing , characterization, and line delivery. Everything is this letter perfect … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Mountaintop — Shaw Festival — Studio Theatre

Katori Hall’s play, “The Mountaintop,” alas, is a recent of example of one my least favorite playwriting gimmicks, borrowing poignance by making a celebrity, literary, or historical figure the central … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Sea — Shaw Festival — Court House Theatre

Powerful forces of various kinds beset and motivate the characters in Edward Bond’s comedy with ominous overtones, “The Sea.” A young  man who is washed to shore on the farthest … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Philadelphia Story — Shaw Festival — Festival Theatre

Just when you think you know a piece so well, a production of it comes along that not only surprises you but reveals new facets, including exponentially more depth, that … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Philanderer — Shaw Festival — Festival Theatre

Period costumes aside, Lisa Peterson’s production of “The Philanderer” for the Shaw Festival gleefully casts off Victorian trappings for the more carefree romantic and sophisticated dash of a contemporary comedy. … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Arms and the Man — Shaw Festival — Royal George Theatre

Morris Panych’s Shaw Festival production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” touches on all, but doesn’t quite emphasize any, of the play’s possible themes — romance, nobility, heroism, … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 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

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