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Don Quixote — Hedgerow Theatre

More because of “Man of La Mancha” than from oodles of people reading the Miguel de Cervantes classic from cover to cover, “Don Quixote” is one of the most familiar … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Noises Off — Curio Theatre

As serious and incisive as Michael Frayn can be in plays like “Copenhagen” and “Democracy,” he is known in most of his novels and theater pieces for poking deliciously mean … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Goldilocks Zone — Passage Theatre at Mill Hill Playhouse

Franny and Andy both want to have a child, but in each of their cases, something is not “just right.” Angle as they might, they just can’t seem to find … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

An Enemy of the People — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Consider all of the issues Henrik Ibsen broaches in “An Enemy of the People,” and you might think he was writing in the 21st century rather than in 1882. Parallels … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Five Mile Lake — McCarter Theatre

Few playwrights, new or established, hold a mirror up to nature, as efficiently and compactly as Rachel Bonds. Bonds is particularly adept at capturing human nature and its quiet, engulfing … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray) — Philadelphia Theatre Co. at Suzanne Roberts

Before launching into a generally favorable review of Kimber Lee’s sensitive and moving play, “Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray),” I need to admit a pet peeve and explain the law … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Speech & Debate — Azuka Theatre at Theatre X

Shades of Howard Wolowitz! Each of the teenagers depicted in Stephen Karam’s comedy, “Speech & Debate” is admonished by an off-stage parent, usually pleading with the adolescent to turn down … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Biloxi Blues — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Finding the difference between stereotype and human behavior and reactions that fit a familiar mold catapults Samantha Bellomo’s production of Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues” from being an amiable service comedy … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

I Love a Piano — Walnut Independence Theatre on 3

In my sophomore year of high school, when all classes were mixed in one giant gym class, I was brought out to the blacktop with juniors, seniors, and my 10th … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Breaking the Code — Allens Lane Theater

Before the 2014 movie, “The imitation Game” popularized Alan Turing’s story as a World War II hero, one responsible for saving many of our lives, who is prosecuted by archaic … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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