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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

Alexdander 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

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

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
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