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Richard III — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Shakespeare offers directors and performers multiple avenues by which to craft a production of his works. Concentration could be on a character, parallel patterns, or a theme. Samantha Reading leans … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Peter and the Starcatcher — Walnut Street Theatre

Director Bill Van Horn provides clarity and room for comic ideas to breathe that sets his production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” for a Walnut above any of the previous … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

An Octoroon — Wilma Theater

Beyond being entertaining and thought-provoking, Branden Jabobs-Jenkin’s “An Octoroon” is an experience. An exciting, exhilarating experience that is compounded, with exponential interest, by Joanna Setlle’s variegated, perceptive production, a landmark … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Quick Impressions — Beautiful, Dogfight, Affair at Styles

Several of these reviews will be expanded in coming days, but here are some fast takes on shows running, or recently closed, in the Philadelphia region.   BEAUTIFUL: The Carole … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sex with Strangers — Philadelphia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Editor’s Update: In the month since I saw “Sex with Strangers” at New Brunswick’s George Street Theatre, JoAnna Rhinehart has caught up to Kyle Coffman in quality. David Saint’s production … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Too Much Sun — Isis Productions at Walnut 5

Kitty can’t get any peace. Everyone is her life, or at least in her immediate vicinity, is too loud, too demanding, too unmotivated, and too needy. Kitty wants only to … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Four Fast Takes — As You Like It, The Mousetrap, Nureyev’s Eyes, Sound of Music

AS YOU LIKE IT, Lantern Theater, 10th and Ludlow Streets, Philadelphia, through Sunday, April 17 —Ultimately entertaining, Charles McMahon’s production of Shakespeare’s wise comedy is a hodge-podge that not only … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Women — EgoPo Classic Theater at the Latvian Society

The opening few minutes of Lane Savadove’s production of EgoPo’s production of Clare Booth Luce’s comic classic, “The Women,” are far from funny and border on the ominous. As the … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Driving Miss Daisy — Act II Playhouse

From the second Carla Belver bellows her first emphatic “No” in Act II’s “Driving Miss Daisy,” you know you’re going to see a special performance. As the first scene between … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Red — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Just as Sweeney Todd instructs Anthony Hope about the various shades of blonde hair, the painter, Mark Rothko, lectures his assistant, named Ken but never addressed as such, about the … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

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