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2017-2018 Season To Date — Wrestling Jersusalem, TouchTones, Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole

Time keeps on skipping, skipping, skipping (or is it “tripping?) into the future. Either way, time has been used well and profitably, but other matters delayed voluminous writing. So did … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · 1 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

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

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning — Inis Nua at the Drake

Tim Price’s “The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning” begins with dichotomy. Possibly multi-chotomy, to coin a term. Tom Reing’s marvelous cast for Inis Nua parade around Meghan Jones’s adaptable set crooning … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Beauty and the Beast — National Tour — Academy of Music

“Who’d have guessed? Who’d have guessed? That this show’d be so depressed. On a scale of one to five, it would come in at seventh best!” Enough drollery! With a … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Women of Will — Coming to Delaware Theatre Company

Originally posted on NealsPaper:
Book my trip to Lenox, Massachusetts. After seeing, and hearing, the magic Tina Packer can conjure using primarily language, movement, and attitude, I want to see…

January 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rizzo — Theatre Exile at Christ Church Neighborhood House

Frank Rizzo is such an indelible figure, 24 years is not enough time to erase his image or the force of his personality from the people who followed his exploits … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Antigone — Wilma Theater

Call me Philistine. The pity of Theodoros Terzopoulos’s production of “Antigone” for Wilma Theater is so much effort, exactitude, and fine execution have gone into this handsome, ritualistic staging only … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Metamorphoses — Arden Theatre

For all that can be commended in Doug Hara’s production of “Metamorphoses” for Arden Theatre, and there’s plenty, the show ultimately suffers from lack of attention to its most important … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

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