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2021-2022 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards — The Recipients

The Great Return occurred.      Live theater, missing from our lives for 15 months, arrived back on the stage.      Regional theaters opened. London opened. Broadway opened. Masked or not, … Continue reading

August 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Hamilton — National Tour, Academy of Music on the Kimmel Cultural Campus

  Sweep on several levels accounts for the achievement and excitement of “Hamilton.” It’s no wonder it’s earned both critical acclaim and popular support since the Lin-Manuel Miranda burst of … Continue reading

October 29, 2021 · 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

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

Lightning Rounds — The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Elixir of Love, Forever Plaid

April 2016 proved a cruel month in terms of time demands, so I am in a position of having to catch up with commenting a number of productions by screwing … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Quick Impressions — Beautiful, Dogfight, Affair at Styles

Several of these reviews will be expanded in coming days, but here are some fast takes on shows running, or recently closed, in the Philadelphia region.   BEAUTIFUL: The Carole … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Four Fast Takes — As You Like It, The Mousetrap, Nureyev’s Eyes, Sound of Music

AS YOU LIKE IT, Lantern Theater, 10th and Ludlow Streets, Philadelphia, through Sunday, April 17 —Ultimately entertaining, Charles McMahon’s production of Shakespeare’s wise comedy is a hodge-podge that not only … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Don Quixote — Pennsylvania Ballet at Academy of Music

There’s a windmill, a sidekick, and a doddering elderly man who wears a gold barber’s lavabo for a helmet, but Miguel Cervantes’s Don Quixote de la Mancha is only a … Continue reading

March 5, 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

Matilda — National Tour — Academy of Music

Being the main character in a Roald Dahl story, Matilda is a child beset with problems that threaten her peace, safety, and self-esteem. As opposed to the orphans that populate … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

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