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The Fair Maid of the West — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Broad Street Ministry

Charlotte Northeast figured out how to make a rollicking entertainment of Thomas Heywood’s ungainly 1631 intrigue -filled comedy, “The Fair Maid of the West.” She parodies Heywood’s work as she … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Rape of Lucrece — Wilma and Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Wilma

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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…

April 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

National Pastime — Bucks County Playhouse

The loopy plot throws all kinds of curves,¬†few of which sidle over home plate for a strike, but Hunter Foster’s production of “National Pastime,” a world premiere musical at Bucks … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Liberace! — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Here’s a question. Does any well-known entertainer make a grand living today by primarily playing the piano in 1,000-seat nightclubs or on television? The answer is no. Just as no … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hamlet — Wilma Theater

For years, I have collected “Hamlets,” going hither and yon to see any production I could find. By now, I’ve seen more than 100 renditions of Shakespeare’s story about the … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Taming of the Shrew — Lantern Theater

Padua and environs are lighthearted places in Charles McMahon’s lively, intelligent production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” for Lantern Theater. McMahon, set designer Lance Kniskern, and costumer Mark … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Matchmaker — Temple Theaters at Tomlinson

From the moment Robert Jason Jackson begins speaking in his deep, resonant voice as Horace Vandergelder, you know several positive things about Douglas C. Wager’s production of “The Matchmaker” for … Continue reading

April 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cape May Summer Club — Comin’ Back For More

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The sharp white dinner jackets and black bow ties tell one story. Tight harmonies on “Guys and Dolls” classics, “Fugue for Tinhorns” and “Luck Be a…

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

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