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O19: A Genuine Festival and an Operatic Feast

Producing one opera is a chore. Even when, in an unusual course of events, scenery and costumes are minimal, there’s a score, orchestrations, a libretto, the staging, and the delicate … Continue reading

October 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

One Eclectic Season — 2019-2020 in Philadelphia

The list, not totally complete, sometimes because of forgetfulness, sometimes because of blissless ignorance, and mainly because all the imminent Fringe activity might double the number, stands at 211, including … Continue reading

August 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Our Town — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Thornton Wilder’s elegy to unadorned simplicity, “Our Town” receives a warm, moving, pitch-perfect production at People’s Light & Theatre Company where director Abigail Adams and cast endow this valentine to … Continue reading

August 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

2018-2019 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards — The Recipients

I enjoy showing appreciation. I began keeping a diary of the shows I see when I saw my first professional performance ever — Carol Lawrence, James Mitchell, Sylvia Syms, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Alexander Hamilton: A Favorite Before It Was Fashionable

Lin-Manuel Miranda did Alexander Hamilton, and students of American history, a gratifying favor. Reading Ron Chernow’s excellent biography of Hamilton earlier in this decade, Miranda saw a life of drama … Continue reading

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Nominees — Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Award 2018-2019

Two awards are issued a year. At the beginning of each year, the Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award is bestowed to productions and performers appearing between New Brunswick, N.J. and Wilmington, … Continue reading

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Nixon in China — Princeton Festival at McCarter Theatre (Matthews)

The Princeton Festival production of “Nixon in China” exhilarates because it succeed on both artistic and intellectual levels. Alice Goodman’s libretto is unafraid to delve into complexities of history, diplomacy, … Continue reading

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Romeo and Juliet — Wilma Theater

Forget the bold but unnecessary opening that has a stomping group of chanters pulsating through a mostly alphabetized litany of key words and themes from “Romeo and Juliet,” punctuating every … Continue reading

February 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Niceties — McCarter Theatre

Oooh, those asterisks. They sneak in everywhere these days. Heck, they’re practically de rigueur. The first asterisk I disliked was the one I felt minimized Roger Maris’s slugging achievement because … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

2018 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Recipients

Excellence, bred from assurance, has become a constant in Philadelphia theater. Gone, in particular, is the self-consciousness that plagued the early years when Philadelphia morphed from a touring town to … Continue reading

January 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

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