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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

Ruth, Billy, Nativity, Ralphie, Free Man, Matilda, Mrs. Wilson, Musketeers, Lintel

BECOMING DR. RUTH — Walnut Independence on 3, Philadelphia, through December 27 — Jane Ridley is consistently engaging in Mark St. Germain’s chatty, informative solo play about Karola Siegel who … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bullets Over Broadway — National Tour — Academy of Music

Much in the touring production of Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” is directly from the musical’s unwarrantedly short 2014 Broadway run. Susan Stroman’s gravity-defying dances, re-created for the road by … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment
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