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Bullets Over Broadway — National Tour — Academy of Music

Much in the touring production of Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” is directly from the musical’s unwarrantedly short 2014 Broadway run. Susan Stroman’s gravity-defying dances, re-created for the road by … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Handmaid’s Tale — Curio Theatre

Margaret Atwood conceived a grim world as she chronicled a young woman’s life of sexual slavery in a feudal totalitarian society in her 1985 novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Atwood’s Medieval … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Playing the Assassin — Delaware Theatre Company

Nothing is permitted to be cut-and-dried today. Including accidents. They happen, but current custom insists someone be at fault or take blame. Remorse has become a requirement, apology a stipulation. … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Mandrake — Quintessence Theatre Group at Sedgwick Theatre

Niccolo Machiavelli goes way past the already questionable conundrum about ends justifying means. In the Machiavellian universe, ends are everything. The means don’t have to be justified. They only have … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Comedy of Tenors — McCarter Theatre Company at the Matthews Theatre

Ken Ludwig cannot keep his hands off of tenors. Thank goodness! While his marvelous new farce, “A Comedy of Tenors,” does not refer significantly to his lasting 1989 favorite, “Lend Me … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Disgraced — Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Ayad Akhtar pierces through the polite, and often meant, niceties by which we hide our true sentiments in this well-behaved politically correct world. “Disgraced’s” Amir Kapoor, née Amir Abdullah, was … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Auctioning the Ainsleys — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Laura Schellhardt’s quirky comedy, about a quirky, insular family of five taking stock of their individual histories, talents, and character traits before moving, per force, to the next phase of … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Juno and the Paycock — Irish Heritage Theatre at Plays & Players

Sean O’Casey cleverly weaves three themes in this play that can emphasize any one of them or blend them together. Peggy Mecham’s pleasing and entertaining production of “Juno and the … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Quickies on the Current — Ainsleys, Children’s Hour, Comedy of Tenors, Disgraced

To keep up with the glut, here is a listing of plays running currently in the Philadelphia region and some quick comments about them. ANTIGONE — Wilma Theater, Broad and … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Antigone — Wilma Theater

Call me Philistine. The pity of Theodoros Terzopoulos’s production of “Antigone” for Wilma Theater is so much effort, exactitude, and fine execution have gone into this handsome, ritualistic staging only … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

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