All Things Entertaining and Cultural

Cinderella: A Musical Panto — People’s Light & Theatre Company

 Pantos are tricky. They have to contain enough slapstick, simplicity, and story familiarity to entertain children while being arch enough, and often topical enough, to amuse adults.          “Cinderella: A … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — Media Theatre

      From its title, you know that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice had fun writing and assembling “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” One of the last things the … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

 Kathy Halenda nails all the traits that made Sophie Tucker popular and unique during her heyday as a nightclub entertainer and raconteuse whose career spanned more than half of the … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Patti LuPone — Faraway Places — Morgan’s Cabaret — Prince Music Theater

 Younger generations of theatergoers must regard Patti LuPone the same way I think of Ethel Merman or Mary Martin. With other combinations like Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, or Liza … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Kill Your Darlings — a movie by John Krokidas

 On his first day at college at Columbia in 1944, Allen Ginsberg looks at a subway map showing the way from the university’s lower Harlem setting to Greenwich Village, a … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

All is Lost — a movie by J.C. Chandor

 Robert Redford looks poised to accomplish something only three performers before him — Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, and James Whitmore — have done, receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actor … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Woman in Black — Act II Playhouse

Snoopy’s famous and much-maligned opening line would be an appropriate beginning for “The Woman in Black,” Stephen Mallatratt and Susan Hill’s  neatly crafted ghost story at Ambler’s Act II Playhouse. … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Elf — Walnut Street Theatre

“Elf” is the right kind of sappy. The musical, currently entertaining with charm and gusto at Philadelphia’s Walnut Theatre, and venues throughout the U.S., is one big invitation to smile. … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Everyman — Villanova Theatre

Imagination and creativity abound copiously during every single second of Villanova Theatre’s production of “Everyman.”       Rev. David Cregan’s evocative 21st century mounting of this classic 15th century morality play … Continue reading

November 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pride and Prejudice — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Storytelling is a part of theater, a major, integral part, but it is one element among many in staging a play. Story, or plot, is particularly challenging  to a cast … Continue reading

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

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