All Things Entertaining and Cultural

A Clockwork Orange — Luna Theater

Masks, wigs, and purposely outlandish characterizations become more window dressing than concept in the Luna Theater production of Anthony Burgess’s “A Clockwork Orange,” an auspicious inaugural work for Luna’s new … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

The White Snake — McCarter Theatre

In “The White Snake,” director Mary Zimmerman continues her gift for finding sweetness and drama in the myths and folklore of cultures long enough established to provide her plenty of … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis — Philadelphia Museum of Art

   When I was a teenager, I collected and decorated my bedroom with post cards and posters I bought at art museums. I didn’t know  the names of all of … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · 5 Comments

Macbeth — Hedgerow Theatre

Hedgerow Theatre’s spare, straightforward production of “Macbeth” requires some thought. Director Dan Hodge has cut Shakespeare’s play, elided characters, and imposed some unique interpretations, including one that would answer a … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lend Me a Tenor — Delaware Theatre Company

“Lend Me a Tenor” is so well crafted, every line, plot twist, and gimmick is an invitation to laugh.      Employing everything from confusing twin Othellos to rapidly spoiling shrimp … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Convert — Wilma Theater

The first act of Danai Gurira’s “The Convert” is positively Shakespearean.       Conflict is immediate and palpable. Quickly developed characters confront situations that are at once tenuous and potentially life-changing. … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

4000 Miles — Philadelphia Theatre Company

Deft acting, warm sentiments towards fully drawn characters, strong production values, astute direction, and well-written individual scenes cannot save Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles” from reminding us what San Francisco native … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Captain Phillips — a movie by Paul Greengrass

Suspense and simmering menace pervade “Captain Phillips,” a movie about a cargo ship that is boarded by Somali pirates who take the title character hostage in the hope of scoring … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Glass Menagerie — Booth Theatre, New York

Pure genius reigns on the Booth Theatre stage as Cherry Jones gloriously demonstrates how stylization, diction, timing, and clarity conspire to make a character larger than life and piercingly human … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Romeo and Juliet — Richard Rodgers Theatre — New York

While planning an efficient, economical staging of “Romeo and Juliet” director David Leveaux forgot one crucial thing. You can cut, shorten, or speed up a scene here and there, but … Continue reading

October 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

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