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The Marriage of Figaro — McCarter Theatre

The last half hour of Stephen Wadsworth’s production of “The Marriage of Figaro” at McCarter Theatre is among the most exciting, moving, and galvanizing sequences of theater I’ve ever seen. … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mary Stuart — Philadelphia Artists Collective at Broad Street Ministry

Audiences throughout time have adored battles of titans. Add royalty, and claim to the British throne to the mix, and fewer such contretemps stir interest more than the conflict between … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mourning Becomes Electra — Quintessence Theatre Group at Sedgwick Theatre

The reason courts of law were established was to place justice ahead of revenge. In spite of that, people, since the dawn of time, have been taking matters of retribution … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Ain’t Misbehavin’ — Delaware Theatre Company

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” began an era of shows built around one songwriter, singer, or artist by taking a man’s music, Fats Waller’s, and using it as the basis for a smart, … Continue reading

April 12, 2014

Walter Mosley — Mystery and More

All storytelling is to one degree or other a mystery, says Walter Mosley, who should know given his prolific output as a writer, his Easy Rawlins series, literally resurrected last … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Barber of Seville — McCarter Theatre

Stephen Wadsworth is a master of style. As opposed to being naturalistic, he heightens gestures, facial expressions, poses, and the physical timing of the characters in plays he directs, such … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dear Elizabeth — People’s Light & Theatre Company

The brilliance of Sarah Ruhl’s play, “Dear Elizabeth,” is it is written so engrossingly and beautifully, it involves you undividedly in the relationship, creativity, affections, talents, upheavals, and health, mental … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Light in the Piazza — Villanova Theatre

Adam Guettel enjoys a  unique distinction among the current class of musical theater composers. While Redgraves and Fondas have responded to the generational lure of acting, and various fathers and … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

I’m a Stranger Here Myself — Prince Music Theater

Mark Nadler has a lot to impart in his 90-minute show, “I’m a Stranger Here Myself:  Musik from the Weimar and Beyond.” The veteran cabaret performer uses a barrel-house piano … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike — Philadelphia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Christopher Durang is a master gagster who is not afraid to let his education or cultural leanings show is his many comedies, most of which spoof some aspect of modern … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

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