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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

Electile Dysfunction — Act II Playhouse

       Smart is different from sharp. “Electile Dysfunction,” the satirical revue Tony Braithwaite concocted with Will Dennis and Tracie Higgins for Act II Playhouse, is not the most incisive in … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Auspicious Start to 2016-2017 Season — From “Bathing” to “Mrs. Warren”

So far, so good. And I mean really good. The 2016-2017 theater season has begun with almost unanimous quality in productions ranging from musicals to classic to the new-ish. Even … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Driving Miss Daisy — Act II Playhouse

From the second Carla Belver bellows her first emphatic “No” in Act II’s “Driving Miss Daisy,” you know you’re going to see a special performance. As the first scene between … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

On the Road Again — Act II Playhouse

“On the Road Again” is like a busman’s holiday. Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs have and provide such fun, all critical faculties can be suspended as I enjoy a smart, … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Fox on the Fairway — Act II Playhouse

Golf is a religion to the characters in Ken Ludwig’s amusing flapdoodle of a farce, “The Fox on the Fairway.” Both acts of the clockwork-structured comedy, filled, as all Ludwig … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

According to Goldman — Act II Playhouse

David Bradley and an excellent cast of Tony Braithwaite, Susan Riley Stevens, and Luke Brahdt have elevated Bruce Graham’s play about a successful screenwriter and his promising protégé from a … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits — Act II Playhouse

To someone who has been seeing Broadway fare since Roscius was an actor in Rome, Gerard Alessandrini is as valued a being as Stephen Sondheim or Fred Ebb. For more than 30 … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Unnecessary Farce — Act II Playhouse

Silly, unpolished mayhem appears to be sum of “Unnecessary Farce,” the aptly named crime comedy at Act II Playhouse. When Anthony Lawton and Karen Peakes begin the show as two … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mark Twain Unplugged — Act II Playhouse

Tom Teti’s scholarship impresses. The actor has not only done research to write a script that assigns him the laudable part of America’s finest humorist, Mark Twain, but he has … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

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