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Romeo and Juliet — Wilma Theater

Forget the bold but unnecessary opening that has a stomping group of chanters pulsating through a mostly alphabetized litany of key words and themes from “Romeo and Juliet,” punctuating every … Continue reading

February 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Niceties — McCarter Theatre

Oooh, those asterisks. They sneak in everywhere these days. Heck, they’re practically de rigueur. The first asterisk I disliked was the one I felt minimized Roger Maris’s slugging achievement because … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

2018 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Recipients

Excellence, bred from assurance, has become a constant in Philadelphia theater. Gone, in particular, is the self-consciousness that plagued the early years when Philadelphia morphed from a touring town to … Continue reading

January 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

2018 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

2018 was chocked with good productions and fine performances. Choosing nominees, let alone recipients, required a battery of combinations and permutations until the lists were set. Here, in each of … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

2018 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Qualifiers

Yes, I’m alive. And going to the theater. But less. Taking on a new career and working 70 hours a week besides writing, while working on some creative material, including … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

April Catch-Up I — Ella: First Lady of Song and Bullets Over Broadway

ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG — Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water Street, Wilmington, Del. Through Sunday, May 13 — Freda Payne does some lovely singing in “Ella: First Lady of … Continue reading

April 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Bard Birthday Present — Julius Caesar –Quintessence Theatre at Sedgwick

Alexander Burns is a scholarly lad, and with the right kind of audacity. Summoning his acquired knowledge of classic and contemporary literature, he enlisted 20th century poet John Masefield (He … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

2017 Philadelphia Theater Critics Awards — The Recipients

Long in the compiling, this list not only honors the variety, quality, and assurance in Philadelphia theater. It celebrates it. In the spirit of awards, one person may be the … Continue reading

April 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

2017 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

I’m late, I’m late for a very important date. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima maxima culpa. And other bosh like that.   Life sometimes encroaches, and mine needed some … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Quickies! And For Once, Success!

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, Media Theatre, State and Monroe, Media, Pa. through April 1 — Vocally, Jenny Lee Stern channels Patsy Cline. The clean, heartfelt sounds register. Physically, I kept seeing Judy … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · Leave a comment
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