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Rush — a movie by Ron Howard

   In “Rush,” director Ron Howard avoids many of the pitfalls that limit recent movies. He finds the color and excitement in his subject, car racing. He resists frame after … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Red Herring — Villanova Theatre

  In a play that billows with as much irony and coincidence as Michael Hollinger’s “Red Herring,” the most ironic moment in Harriet Power’s production for Villanova Theatre occurs when … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Parade — Arden Theatre

The Leo Frank case serves as such a total and blatant example of prejudice, lack of justice, political posturing, and mob rule that it resonates powerfully today, a full century … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! — Penn’s Landing Playhouse

The upscale restaurant setting Tony Ferrieri designed for “You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!,” the inaugural offering at Phil Roy’s Penn’s Landing Playhouse, is perfect beyond giving the characters … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Gravity — a movie by Alfonso Cuaron

 Posing a situation or telling a story is never enough.       Even in writing a scientific tract, a history, or a documentary, when presentation of fact is paramount, some style, … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Don Jon — a movie by Joseph Gordon Levitt

  Buff and groomed to the North Jersey max in snug-fitting wifebeaters and T-shirts, Jon is a player who has his life in order and his priorities straight. He’ll rattle … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Evil Dead: The Musical — Prince Music Theater

As two pairs of companions behave flagrantly in nearby bedrooms, a young woman sits alone reading in the main den of a mountain cabin so isolated you have to park … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Monty Python’s Spamalot — Media Theatre

Though director-choreographer Dann Dunn takes full advantage of all the jokes and silliness Eric Idle and his Monty Python cohorts built into their movie, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · 3 Comments

Bunny Bunny — 1812 Productions at the Walnut

A  friendship — enduring, intimate, and deep —  begins when a woman looks casually around a room, sees a man cowering behind a potted tree, and joins him to find … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

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