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Nine to Five — Walnut Street Theatre

Sharp characterizations by Dee Hoty, Amy Bodnar, and Amanda Rose join with a fireworks explosion of a performance by Mary Martello to keep the Walnut Street Theatre production of Dolly Parton’s … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

iHamlet — Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Stark clarity is the thing in “iHamlet,” a condensed version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece that excerpts and reorders Hamlet’s speeches with occasional Marcellus and Claudius added for good measure. The Philadelphia … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rhinoceros — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium at the Adrienne

A thunderous noise and a cloud of dust causes café lingerers and passersby to stop what they are doing and gape at a rhinoceros charging down the main road of … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Communicating Doors — Hedgerow Theatre

Mystery and time travel supersede comedy in “Communicating Doors,” an absorbing thriller by Alan Ayckbourn, who provides a lot of suspense, several instances of danger, and much to occupy the … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Rape of Lucrece — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Broad Street Ministry

Dan Hodge has joined some estimable company. His stirringly moving recitation of Shakespeare’s poem, “The Rape of Lucrece” is a bona fide piece of theater that entitles Hodge to be … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Souvenir — Montgomery Theater

The souvenir referred to in the title of Stephen Temperley’s affectionate and funny play is a recording by Florence Foster Jenkins, an independently wealthy socialite who became a novelty in … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Intimate Exchanges — 1812 Productions — at the Arden

Alan Ayckbourn loves combinations and permutations as much as a mathematician does. The playwright is constantly coming up with different ways a single play can include multiple variations of a … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur — Shaw Festival — Court House Theatre

“A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” is a compact one-act that carries the emotional and theatrical heft of a full-length play. Written by Tennessee Williams after his prime, “Creve Coeur,” … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

When We Are Married — Shaw Festival — Royal George Theatre

Joseph Ziegler’s production of J.B. Priestley’s “When We Are Married” for the Shaw Festival is  a study of comic timing , characterization, and line delivery. Everything is this letter perfect … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Mountaintop — Shaw Festival — Studio Theatre

Katori Hall’s play, “The Mountaintop,” alas, is a recent of example of one my least favorite playwriting gimmicks, borrowing poignance by making a celebrity, literary, or historical figure the central … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

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