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Quickie Capsules — Exit Strategy (PTC) and Twelfth Night (Annenberg)

Some of these shows will receive more detailed reviews. Others are about to close and rate mention, this early 2016 being an odd with several interesting failures in which an … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

More Quickies: Hans Brinker, Wonderful Life, This is the Week That Is

HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES, Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, through January 31 — I read at the age of two and, like most children, was attracted … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Disgraced — Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Ayad Akhtar pierces through the polite, and often meant, niceties by which we hide our true sentiments in this well-behaved politically correct world. “Disgraced’s” Amir Kapoor, née Amir Abdullah, was … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Quickies on the Current — Ainsleys, Children’s Hour, Comedy of Tenors, Disgraced

To keep up with the glut, here is a listing of plays running currently in the Philadelphia region and some quick comments about them. ANTIGONE — Wilma Theater, Broad and … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Arden Theatre

Ian Merrill Peakes’s Macbeth at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre shows less ambition than dissatisfaction. Nothing is ever good enough for him. He can’t be content with what he has. When Banquo … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane — InterAct Theatre at Adrienne

As the host of the World Cup in 2010, South Africa is eager to show the progress the country has made in terms of equality and human relations during the 20 … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

This Is The Week That Is — 1812 Productions at Plays & Players

What a difference a season makes! Last spring, 1812 Productions moved its annual “This Is The Week That Is” from the holiday slot to April.  The show had zing to … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

This Is the Week That Is — 1812 Productions at Plays & Players

Realizing that a $2.5 million fine may be chump change, or something akin to minimum wage for disgraced billionaire Donald Sterling, the cast of “This Is the Week That Is,” … Continue reading

May 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Exonerated — Delaware Theatre Company

When Ryan Ferguson was released from a Missouri prison in November after spending almost 10 years locked up for a murder he did not commit and for which there was … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 1 Comment
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