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To the Moon — 1812 Productions at Christ Church Neighborhood House

Interweaving biography, especially of someone who has an indelible image and millions of extant fans, with a fictional work that borrows from the famous person’s oeuvre but is unique enough … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Midsummer Night’s Dream — Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Color, strings, sparkling light, balloons, and evocative shadows introduce Carmen Khan’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Khan’s approach to the classic is reminiscent of … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

In the Blood — Theatre Horizon

Between playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and director Pirronne Yousefzadeh, all of the power, grit, and exposure of hypocrisy inherent in Parks’s “In the Blood” comes roiling to the surface where reality … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Kinky Boots — National Tour — Forrest Theatre

Few tours maintain the Broadway quality of a show as much as “Kinky Boots,” the national company of which is camped at Philadelphia’s magnificent and criminally underused Forrest Theatre through … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — Theatre Exile at Plays & Players

The answer to Edward Albee’s facilely provocative question is: Anyone who isn’t tops at the game being played. At its finest, Albee’s marvelous journey down a realistic rabbit hole, made … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hello, Dolly! __ Media Theatre

I call it Liza Minnelli Syndrome. It occurs when you get an immediately warm and receptive reaction the minute a performer appears on stage. I have it with Rosemary Harris, … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me — George Street Playhouse

Everyone should have an Ernest Shackleton. As drawn by writer Joe DiPietro and composers Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Millburn in their musical, “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me,” the Antarctic explorer is … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Three Musketeers — Quintessence at Sedgwick Theatre

Ian Rose’s swordplay, Connor Hammond’s youthfully obtuse take on D’Artagnan, and horseplay of all kind, including some that looks as if it might break an actor’s back, contributed to keep … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Autumn — Crossroads Theatre Company

In dissecting the career, marriage, and tactics of Franklyn Longley, who seeks to become his state’s first black governor after four terms and lots of achievement as a big-city mayor, … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

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