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2021-2022 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards — The Nominees

 As always, paring lists of more than 50 and two of more than 200 to a select group of five is an arduous task even if it’s a lot of … Continue reading

July 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

2019-2020 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards — The Nominees

Ready for some confusion?       While reviewing diaries and rankings for the 2021-2022 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards, it dawned on me the pandemic intervened, imposed a long … Continue reading

July 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

2021-2022 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards — The Qualifiers

      Theater life increasingly turns to normal. For most of 2022, I have seen at least 10 productions a month. Adding the handful of shows that were able to open … Continue reading

July 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

2021 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Recipients

  Never, since I began seeing theater on a regular basis and keeping a running diary of all the shows I see and the performers in them, have I seen … Continue reading

May 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

2021 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

Because of COVID, I saw only 22 plays in the Philadelphia area in 2021. Usually, I present what I call “The Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award” — Notice the placement of … Continue reading

May 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Chinese Lady — InterAct Theatre Company

 The exotic remains a novelty until habit, constancy, and/or assimilation make it more familiar.        Think how many foods, from spaghetti to fajitas, from borscht to pho were considered new … Continue reading

November 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Hamilton — National Tour, Academy of Music on the Kimmel Cultural Campus

  Sweep on several levels accounts for the achievement and excitement of “Hamilton.” It’s no wonder it’s earned both critical acclaim and popular support since the Lin-Manuel Miranda burst of … Continue reading

October 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Minor Character — Wilma Theater

Usually, I am not a fan of deconstructions. Rather than illuminate, as their creators and directors might claim, they tend to chaotically jumble what was once coherent and devolve into … Continue reading

October 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

2020 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Recipients

Difficult! Difficult! Difficult!     The shortened theater year — Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards are annual based on the calendar year because that’s the way they began when conceived by an … Continue reading

May 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

2020 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

 From the beginning of the abbreviated 2020 theater year in Philadelphia, sterling performances were seen in several shows.       I noted some of them when posting nominees and recipients of … Continue reading

May 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

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