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Lightning Rounds — The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Elixir of Love, Forever Plaid

April 2016 proved a cruel month in terms of time demands, so I am in a position of having to catch up with commenting a number of productions by screwing … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

1776 — Media Theatre

1776, Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media, Pa. through Sunday, May 22 — Strong performances, especially by Luke Brahdt and Bob Stineman as two Continental Congress representatives that are … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Doctor Faustus — Quintessence at Sedgwick Theatre

Watching Alexander Burns’s creative, engaging production of Christopher Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus,” I couldn’t help thinking how the learned German scholar squandered the 24 years of pleasure he was afforded by … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Always…Patsy Cline — Walnut Independence on 3

Ted Swindley’s blend of a heartwarming bonding of two good ole’ gals and more than two dozen songs associated with singer Patsy Cline can stay in production forever and never … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fly — Crossroads Theatre

The characters are sitting in simple faux metal chairs, the kind you can find at any Target or Staples, but they are miming tricky arm and hand maneuvers associated with … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sex with Strangers — Philadelphia Theatre Co. at Suzanne Roberts

Originally posted on NealsPaper:
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…

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

He Who Gets Slapped — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Broad Street Ministry

A man of obvious breeding and station comes to a French circus, pitched just outside of Paris, applying to be a clown. Although he has no experience as any kind of entertainer, he … Continue reading

April 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Nether — InterAct Theatre at The Drake

In the course of writing a play about keeping confidences, the modern penchant for intervention, and related issues of trust and meddling, Edward Albee challenges his audience’s possible disdain — … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Two Trains Running — Arden Theatre

August Wilson is as much an historian and anthropologist as he is a playwright. His plays center on people, as all good plays do, but evoke the cultural and social … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Quickies Again — Rumors (Bristol), Saint Joan (Quintessence)

RUMORS, Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, Pa., through Sunday, April 17 — Neil Simon knows how to structure a play and give characters tics and neuroses that individualize … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

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