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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead — Wilma Theater

Squirming, gyrating, turning slowly at odd angles, and other unnecessary, unenhancing, unedifying bursts of the-uh-tuh aside, Blanka Zizka gets to the witty core of the play that thrust Tom Stoppard … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ever After — Paper Mill Playhouse

Talk about enduring stories! The Cinderella tale continues to attract people will variations of it flourish and find new creative expression. Among the latest of these is the musical, “Ever … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Company — Bucks County Playhouse

Hunter Foster defeats the most resounding impediment people mention when you wonder why there’s not more productions of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical above wedlock and commitment, “Company.” The … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hound of the Baskervilles — Lantern Theater

Lantern is doing two shows at once. Its current production of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” suggests it’s presenting a version of the mystery Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to reintroduce … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Murder for Two — Philadelphia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Kyle Branzel’s V-neck must weigh seven pounds by the time he’s finished playing a dozen or so characters, including three ice cream filching Cub Scouts, in the breakneck musical, “Murder … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

My Favorite Year — ActorsNET at Heritage Center Theatre

George Hartpence acts more for love than a living. His full-time job is as a director of pharmacy for a major corporation. Yet he appears several times a year to … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Yardbird — Opera Philadelphia at Perelman Theater

Maestro Corrado Rovaris begins the downbeat, an easy drum riff that leads a mellow combination of horns. Daniel Schnyder’s score for his and librettist Bridgette A. Wimberly’s view of jazz … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Memphis — Walnut Street Theatre

“Memphis” lives for, and on, its production numbers. While the 2010 Tony-winning musical brims with story, its plot, by Joe DiPietro, alternates racially charged scenes involving prejudice, segregation, and even … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tony Aftermath 2015 — Maunderings as Diatribe

This rant begins as Facebook entry that ran amok, but in a way I found fun. Therefore I’m sharing it with the wide, wide world.  I hope you have fun … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tony Maunderings 2015 — Part Three: The Plays

Predicting Tony winners for plays will be more intuitive this year than in others. By depending on scuttlebutt and things I’ve heard from theatergoers, including those on the next bar … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

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