All Things Entertaining and Cultural

Chapter Two — Bucks County Playhouse

Summoned by the actors she directed in “Chapter Two,” Marsha Mason approached the stage applauding and in tears. Those tears were of delight and gratitude, as the Bucks County Playhouse … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Million Dollar Quartet — National Tour — DuPont Theatre

 December 4, 1956 is a significant date in rock and roll history. On that single occasion, four performers who received their first encouragement and recorded their first tunes on Sam … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · 1 Comment

Karen Mason — Breath and Song Restored

In an earlier era, Karen Mason would be an international star. Her voice is one of the best and most versatile, and her song stylings range from great intellect and … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

The 39 Steps — Theatre Horizon

As the music hall novelty performer, Mr. Memory, is introduced in the Theatre Horizon production of “The 39 Steps,”  you hear Gounod’s “Funeral March of the Marionettes” and see a … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — Walnut Street Theatre

 Casey Hushion favors the fast and peppy. Her production of “Nerds” for Philadelphia Theatre Company benefited from non-stop movement, a breathless pace, and a sense of constant urgency that enhanced … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change — Walnut Studio on 3

Far from contempt, familiarity breeds enjoyment in Christopher Sutton’s smart, adult approach to the 19 sketches comprised in the Walnut Independence Studio production of the widely-produced “I Love You, You’re … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar Boyz — 11th Hour at Arts Bank

Samuel Antonio Reyes does not appear on stage in 11th Hour Theatre’s production of “Altar Boyz,” but he is the unquestionable star of the show. Reyes is the choreographer for … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

In a Dark, Dark House — Simpatico Theatre at Walnut 5

 Among the dark houses referred to in Neil LaBute’s “In a Dark, Dark House” are the recesses of the mind where one keeps painful memories, in the case of this … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tigers Be Still — Azuka Theatre at Off-Broad Street

Kim Rosenstock’s style is perfect for television writing.  Her play, “Tigers Be Still,” produced by Azuka Theatre, lacks the texture and craft to work in the theater. Rosenstock offers a … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill — Circle in the Square — NYC

 Audra McDonald consistently proves I do not exaggerate when I say she is the single most gifted and effective performer working in any art today. As Billie Holiday in Lanie … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

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