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Oscar — Opera Philadelphia at Academy of Music

The life of Oscar Wilde spiraled quickly from the giddy heights of fame, flare, and frivolity to the degradation of confinement, disease, and penury. British law, which in 1897 forbade homosexual practice and … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Under the Skin — Arden Theatre

Lou Ziegler needs a kidney transplant. He’s on dialysis but the more threatening problem is the shunt, or portal, in his chest, by which Lou is cleansed, gets continually infected … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Misalliance — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium at Walnut 5

Among the many human traits George Bernard Shaw figured out and wrote about is the people most likely to be strangers to each other are parents and their children. In … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Divorcees Club — Penn’s Landing Theatre

The script of “The Divorcees Club” would be flimsy, formulaic, and clichéd under any circumstances. A Main Line woman gets a divorce, moves to a riverview apartment on the banks … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Miracle Worker — Media Theatre

“The Miracle Worker” presents a great challenge for the young actress charged with playing an unruly Helen Keller. She must convey intelligence, and even guile, while being a wild, restless … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Always…Patsy Cline — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Jessica Wagner is downright astounding in the authenticity she brings to Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of “Always…Patsy Cline.” Wagner is so good, we know immediately why Louise, a Houston woman … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane — InterAct Theatre at Adrienne

As the host of the World Cup in 2010, South Africa is eager to show the progress the country has made in terms of equality and human relations during the 20 … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doubt: A Parable — Lantern Theater

Of the myriad productions I’ve seen of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” Kathryn MacMillan’s staging for Philadelphia’s Lantern Theater is the first to give serious consideration to the play’s subtitle, “A … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

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