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Frost/Nixon — New City Stage Company at Adrienne Theatre

 Peter Morgan is as skillful at portraiture as he is at playwriting. In various movies and plays — “The Queen,” “The Audience,” “The Last King of Scotland,” “Frost/Nixon” — he … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage — National Tour — Merriam Theater

 Seconds into “I Love Lucy: Live on Stage,” you forget you’re watching actors other than Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley playing the iconic quartet of Lucy … Continue reading

December 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nominations — Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award 2013

  I always tell people, and many from outside the Delaware Valley are surprised to hear, that theater in Philadelphia can compete with productions anywhere in the world, even New … Continue reading

December 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Potted Potter — Prince Music Theater

With all of J.K. Rowling’s inventive lore, distinctive characters, descriptive costumes, myopic muggles, and wizardly traditions, there is oodles to spoof and celebrate in the Harry Potter books. Everything from … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Gender Comedy — A Less Stupid Twelfth Night Gay Fantasia — Curio Theatre

 Samuel Taylor Coleridge had a reason for recommending that people encountering art should learn to suspend their belief and go with the action and logic at hand in a work … Continue reading

December 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Twelve Dates of Christmas — Act II Playhouse

Mary thinks her life is settled.      Her acting career isn’t exactly skyrocketing, but Mary seems to get parts as far afield as Lady Macbeth and the Ghost of Christmas … Continue reading

December 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Child’s Christmas in Wales — Lantern Theater

 Sebastienne Mundheim’s production of Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” for Lantern Theater is a theatrical dichotomy. It is admirable in its intention and abundant in creativity while being … Continue reading

December 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Big Time — 1812 Productions at Plays & Players Theatre

Pre-talkies and way before the advent of television, New York had more than a hundred vaudeville houses that ranged in rank from the Palace to break-in joints in Canarsie and … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Story of My Life — Delaware Theatre Company

 The Delaware Theatre Company production of “The Story of My Life” proves how potently polished theater can triumph over facile and sentimental literature.      Individually, and as a team, Ben … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jersey Boys — National Tour — Forrest Theatre

 “Jersey Boys” may have some extended concert segments and a score full of Four Seasons and other pop hits, but it is far from a jukebox musical. Among the show’s … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

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