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Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye — Arden Theatre

Curiosity gnawed from the minute the Arden announced its current season would include a dramatization of Toni Morrison hypnotic novel about race identity, “The Bluest Eye.” Since reading it decades … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Small Mouth Sounds — Phila. Theatre Co. at Suzanne Roberts

Edward Chin-Lyn saved the day several times during “Small Mouth Sounds” at the Philadelphia Theatre’s Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre. And I’m not talking about the actor’s brief flirt with nudity. … Continue reading

March 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

A to M in ’18 — Cold Harbor to Mr. Burns

Here I go on one of my quixotic missions to talk briefly about a lot of shows. 2018 has been a mostly marvelous year so far. The first 11 shows … Continue reading

March 8, 2018 · 2 Comments

Blood Wedding — Wilma Theater

BLOOD WEDDING — Wilma Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets, in Philadelphia, through November 19 — Dance 10, Lorca 3. If even. Re: Lorca, poor lad. Csaba Horvath’s muscular production of … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hand to God, You For Me For You

     Something I wrote in April and never published. God knows why. HAND TO GOD — Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, through … Continue reading

September 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Coriolanus — Lantern Theater

The Roman rabble are ungrateful to and spiteful towards Coriolanus. All this great soldier and warrior has done is stave off enemy after enemy, the Volscian commander, Aufidius, several times, … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tomfoolery — ACT II Playhouse

TOMFOOLERY, Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Avenue, in Ambler, Pa., through Sunday, April 2 — Tom Lehrer is the smartest, most devilish, most perceptive, and most funny of the … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Midsummer Night’s Dream — Arden Theatre

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street, in Philadelphia, through Sunday, April 9 — The lunatic, the lover, and the poet all seem to have in hand … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Side Show — Media Theatre

SIDE SHOW, Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, in Media, Pa., through Sunday, March 2 — Before going into details, I have to say this is a production that will … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 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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