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2016 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Recipients

The level of theatrical production in the Philadelphia area is so fine, choosing recipients for an annual award was a challenge in all but the Best Supporting Actress category, and … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

2016 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

Award time, and the choosing ain’t easy. Philadelphia actors have become world-class, and excellent, detailed, assured, individualized performances have become the rule. Some performers stun by expanding what looks like … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

2016 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Qualifiers

What an enriching year in Philadelphia theater! Choosing the alleged best among 176 productions proved an daunting task as companies are getting cannier about selecting plays that are good for … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Christmas: in Story, in Panto, and in Wales; and Found

A line that sticks with me from vintage television echoes through my head today, “Chatsworth, you’re a lazy boy.” Well, not so much lazy and busy and tired while adjusting … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Recipients — Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Award 2015-2016

People ask, “How can you see 216 productions in a year?” The answer is I would see more if time and cash flow allowed. Those two life-enriching commodities rarely arrive … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Helen and Morris Zoren 2015-2016 World Theater Awards — The Nominees

  You will soon realize I did not see “Hamilton.” It wasn’t for lack of trying. I didn’t buy a ticket when the Broadway run went on sale because it … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Qualifiers — Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards 2015-2016

In an unusual year during which trips to New York and London had to give way to some financial pinching, I was still able to see 216 theater productions, thanks … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Anthony Rapp — A Life in the Theater, “Rent” and All

  Anthony Rapp says he has always enjoyed the ups and downs of show biz, and he should know oodles about them given he is age 44 and in the … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tony Awards 2016 — Why Not?

The Tonys are my Super Bowl. Say what you want about Broadway, it remains the pinnacle of American theater quality and proves over and over again to be the place … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Impressions and Lightning Takes

IMPRESSIONS   Bruce Graham is having the most magnificent year of his playwriting career. His new works so far in 2016, “Funnyman” and ‘White Guy on the Bus” not only … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

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