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Ondine — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium at Walnut 5

Seeing a rare piece, one you never expected to see, is treat enough, but the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC)’s production of Jean Giraudoux’s “Ondine” goes beyond a treat to become … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Exonerated — Delaware Theatre Company

When Ryan Ferguson was released from a Missouri prison in November after spending almost 10 years locked up for a murder he did not commit and for which there was … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Hotel Suite — Act II Playhouse

Brilliant as Neil Simon is at scene structure and at crafting jokes, he depends on actors to keep his plays on a human scale as opposed to morphing into a … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beautiful Boy — Walnut Street Theatre — Independence Studio on 3

 “Beautiful Boy” is a rare current example of the well-made play. It’s straightforward, new scenes build on previous scenes, and its characters are clearly drawn and speak concisely. It has … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Julius Caesar — Lantern Theater

 Voices tell the story in  the Lantern production of “Julius Caesar.” So many of the members of Charles McMahon’s cast have done such sterling work in general during the last … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dolores M. Miller — Poetic Healing, Spiritual Survival

      Dolores Miller began writing poetry as a psychological release. She says she did not plan to write poetry, or write at all, but as she was going through therapy … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gentleman’s Guide, Natasha and Pierre, Odds and Ends

Although I’d heard oodles of favorable comments about “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” and knew Jefferson Mays played numerous roles in it, I hadn’t read much about the … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

The School for Lies — Villanova Theatre

 In litigious Paris of 1666, an errant word, a just but insulting criticism, or any hint of gossip, even verifiable gossip, can land an unlucky person in court for slander, … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

True West — Theatre Exile at Plays & Players

Lights and music punctuate the mood and level of tension as Sam Shepard’s sibling duel, “True West,” progresses in Matt Pfeiffer’s slyly engaging production for Theatre Exile.        Easy tones … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ainadamar — Opera Philadelphia at Academy of Music

The click of castanets leads into other rhythmic percussion and is soon joined in perfect beat and harmony by the graceful stomp of Flamenco dancers, their skirts flowing to the … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

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