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2019 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Recipients

In the past week, performances by Marcia Saunders (“The Children”), Janis Dardaris (“The Children”), Dana Delany (“Goodnight Nobody”), Ellen McLaughlin (“Midwives”), and Alicia Roper (“A Woman of No Importance”) were … Continue reading

January 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

2019 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

You never know when you will enter a theater and see the “best.” Of a season. Of a year. Of a decade. Of a lifetime. I don’t go to the … Continue reading

January 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

2019 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Qualifiers

In 2019, I saw and ranked 138 theater productions in the Philadelphia area, which I define as being from New Brunswick, N.J. to Wilmington, Delaware., These shows range from national … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

One Eclectic Season — 2019-2020 in Philadelphia

The list, not totally complete, sometimes because of forgetfulness, sometimes because of blissless ignorance, and mainly because all the imminent Fringe activity might double the number, stands at 211, including … Continue reading

August 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

2018-2019 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards — The Recipients

I enjoy showing appreciation. I began keeping a diary of the shows I see when I saw my first professional performance ever — Carol Lawrence, James Mitchell, Sylvia Syms, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Alexander Hamilton: A Favorite Before It Was Fashionable

Lin-Manuel Miranda did Alexander Hamilton, and students of American history, a gratifying favor. Reading Ron Chernow’s excellent biography of Hamilton earlier in this decade, Miranda saw a life of drama … Continue reading

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Nominees — Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Award 2018-2019

Two awards are issued a year. At the beginning of each year, the Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award is bestowed to productions and performers appearing between New Brunswick, N.J. and Wilmington, … Continue reading

August 14, 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

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