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Metamorphoses — Arden Theatre

For all that can be commended in Doug Hara’s production of “Metamorphoses” for Arden Theatre, and there’s plenty, the show ultimately suffers from lack of attention to its most important … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shipwrecked! — Walnut Independence on 3

Greg Wood practically bounds on stage, the enthusiasm of his “Shipwrecked!” character, Louis de Rougemont, being so great, he can barely wait to tell his stories about 30 years of … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gypsy — Media Theatre

Hold your hats and hallelujah, Krissy Fraelich shows it to ya. Krissy Fraelich is terrific as Mama Rose in the Media’s production of “Gypsy” because she musters all the moxie … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bus Stop — Bristol Riverside Theatre

All of the individual stories the wayfarers tell in William Inge’s “Bus Stop” come through clearly in Susan D. Atkinson’s production of the ’50s classic. You get a good sense … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Romeo and Juliet — Quintessence Theatre Group at Sedgwick Theatre

Alexander Burns infuses the Quintessence stage with energy and romance via his bold, wise use of cinematic techniques in his brilliant and moving “Romeo and Juliet.” Early in Shakespeare’s play, … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

La Traviata — Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music

Lisette Oropesa in the Opera Philadelphia production of “La Traviata” is nothing less than an operatic ideal. As lithe as she is beautiful, Oropesa sails across the Academy of Music … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Photograph 51 — Lantern Theater

James Watson’s manuscript for his best-selling account of how he other scientists determined the structure of DNA, “The Double Helix,” was so controversial, the Harvard University Press refused in 1968 … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Five Fast Takes — Bullshot Crummond; Closer; Gypsy; Tappin’ Thru Life

I need to catch up. September, for whatever reason, was fast, furious, and busy. To be neurotically complete about some reviews, I concentrated on a few and let others go … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

According to Goldman — Act II Playhouse

David Bradley and an excellent cast of Tony Braithwaite, Susan Riley Stevens, and Luke Brahdt have elevated Bruce Graham’s play about a successful screenwriter and his promising protégé from a … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

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