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Water by the Spoonful — Arden Theatre

 “Water by the Spoonful” is the middle play of a trilogy in which Quiara Alegría Hudes chronicles the life of Elliot Ortiz, a puertoriquen͂o with great teeth and a leg … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Pillowman — Luna Theater

 In his play, “The Pillowman,” naughty, naughty theatrical tease Martin McDonagh has one of his characters, a writer named Katurian, say the only reason writers write what they know is … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Other Desert Cities — Walnut Street Theatre

 Elephants of several sizes lurk around the handsome, perfectly appointed living room Todd Edward Ivins designed for the Walnut Street Theatre’s equally stylish production of Jon Robin Baitz’s 2011 play, … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fences — McCarter Theatre

Troy Maxon knows a lot about fences. As a baseball player, he swung for them, successfully, hitting more than his share of home runs for the Pittsburgh Grays of the … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ghosts — People’s Light & Theatre Company

 Like many, Helen Alving is secure in thinking that by ignoring and managing the past, a past that she has engineered through decades of manipulation, careful rearrangement, and denial, she … Continue reading

January 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Peta Murgatroyd — Ankling Her Way to Ballroom Stardom

After studying ballet for 12 years, since the age of 4, Peta Murgatroyd had ambitions to be a prima ballerina with a major dance ensemble.      That plan was derailed … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Vanities — Hedgerow Theatre

 On November 22, 1963, three high school cheerleaders are preparing for a pep rally while discussing life from their teenage perspectives.       We see them immediately prior to President John … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Driving Miss Daisy — Walnut Independence Studio on 3 at Walnut Street Theatre

Seeing “Driving Miss Daisy” again after several years is like visiting an old friend. You know exactly what to expect yet have the confidence you will be delighted you stopped … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cherokee — Wilma Theater

The first act of “Cherokee,” Lisa D’Amour’s comedy in its world premiere at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, involves a mystery.       The bigger and lasting mystery is why D’Amour wrote a first … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

We Will Rock You — National Tour — Academy of Music

Writer and director Ben Elton knows what he’s doing every step of the way as he adapts one of the oldest plot lines in the book while forging a theater … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

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