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April Catch-Up I — Ella: First Lady of Song and Bullets Over Broadway

ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG — Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water Street, Wilmington, Del. Through Sunday, May 13 — Freda Payne does some lovely singing in “Ella: First Lady of … Continue reading

April 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Bard Birthday Present — Julius Caesar –Quintessence Theatre at Sedgwick

Alexander Burns is a scholarly lad, and with the right kind of audacity. Summoning his acquired knowledge of classic and contemporary literature, he enlisted 20th century poet John Masefield (He … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

2017 Philadelphia Theater Critics Awards — The Recipients

Long in the compiling, this list not only honors the variety, quality, and assurance in Philadelphia theater. It celebrates it. In the spirit of awards, one person may be the … Continue reading

April 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

2017 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

I’m late, I’m late for a very important date. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima maxima culpa. And other bosh like that.   Life sometimes encroaches, and mine needed some … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Quickies! And For Once, Success!

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, Media Theatre, State and Monroe, Media, Pa. through April 1 — Vocally, Jenny Lee Stern channels Patsy Cline. The clean, heartfelt sounds register. Physically, I kept seeing Judy … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lydie Breeze: Aipotu — EgoPo, Christ Church Neighborhood House

LYDIE BREEZE: AIPOTU, EgoPo Classic Theater at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street, Philadelphia, through March 18 but returning in April as part of a Marathon — Mirror-read … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Two More from ’18 — Next to Normal and Passing Strange

NEXT TO NORMAL, Media Theatre, through February 25 — Krissy Fraelich’s riveting central performance blends with the perfection of Geoffrey Goldberg’s direction to make this production not only powerful and … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye — Arden Theatre

Curiosity gnawed from the minute the Arden announced its current season would include a dramatization of Toni Morrison hypnotic novel about race identity, “The Bluest Eye.” Since reading it decades … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Small Mouth Sounds — Phila. Theatre Co. at Suzanne Roberts

Edward Chin-Lyn saved the day several times during “Small Mouth Sounds” at the Philadelphia Theatre’s Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre. And I’m not talking about the actor’s brief flirt with nudity. … Continue reading

March 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

A to M in ’18 — Cold Harbor to Mr. Burns

Here I go on one of my quixotic missions to talk briefly about a lot of shows. 2018 has been a mostly marvelous year so far. The first 11 shows … Continue reading

March 8, 2018 · 2 Comments
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