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Arsenic and Old Lace — Walnut Street Theatre

Plays are often funniest when characters have no idea that anything they say or do is the least bit comic. In Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace,” eccentricity in on … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Quarterly Report — Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards for 2014

Every January, I confer my personal honors to the theaters, actors, and directors who have worked so creatively to entertain me and, I hope, thousands of others during a year. … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Phantom of the Opera — National Tour — Academy of Music

Lucky, lucky Andrew Lloyd Webber. He sets a Grand Guignol classic, Gaston Leroux’s “The Phantom of the Opera” to music that is lush with romance, witty in both parody and … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Laughter on the 23rd Floor — Bristol Riverside Theatre

 Timing is the essence of comedy, and timing, coupled with characterization, makes Keith Baker’s production of Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” at Bristol Riverside Theatre a congenial success … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rocky — Winter Garden Theatre, New York

What the Broadway musical rendition of “Rocky” captures best is the heart of the 1976 movie that catapulted Sylvester Stallone and Philadelphia’s Art Museum steps to lasting, indelible fame. Andy … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Treasures from Korea: Art and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty — Philadelphia Museum of Art

 “Treasures from Korea,” the current featured exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, can be appreciated on so many levels, it’s difficult to decide which to emphasize. The blend of … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Accomplice — Isis Productions at Walnut 5

Nothing can quite be taken at face value in “Accomplice,” Rupert Holmes’s 1990 comedy thriller Isis Productions is playing at the Walnut 5. You can believe what you see, but … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Side Show — 11th Hour Theatre Company

 The 11th Hour Theatre Company production of “Side Show,” concert version though it was, satisfied a great curiosity.       I saw the original production of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell’s … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — Be On the Lookout!

Ambition is most certainly on the hoof.       Interesting things are cooking at some of the Philadelphia area’s smaller theaters, rarely done Schiller and O’Neill classics for example. Meanwhile, plans … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cirkopolis and Odds and Ends — 1812, Dance Celebration, Macbeth, and Porgy and Bess

“Cirkopolis” is unique among shows that bring circus skills to the theater. The piece, produced by Cirque Éloize and directed by Dave St. Pierre and Jeannot Painchaud, has an actual … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

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