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2018 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

2018 was chocked with good productions and fine performances. Choosing nominees, let alone recipients, required a battery of combinations and permutations until the lists were set. Here, in each of … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Bard Birthday Present — Julius Caesar –Quintessence Theatre at Sedgwick

Alexander Burns is a scholarly lad, and with the right kind of audacity. Summoning his acquired knowledge of classic and contemporary literature, he enlisted 20th century poet John Masefield (He … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · 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

Doctor Faustus — Quintessence at Sedgwick Theatre

Watching Alexander Burns’s creative, engaging production of Christopher Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus,” I couldn’t help thinking how the learned German scholar squandered the 24 years of pleasure he was afforded by … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Mandrake — Quintessence Theatre Group at Sedgwick Theatre

Niccolo Machiavelli goes way past the already questionable conundrum about ends justifying means. In the Machiavellian universe, ends are everything. The means don’t have to be justified. They only have … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Romeo and Juliet — Quintessence Theatre Group at Sedgwick Theatre

Alexander Burns infuses the Quintessence stage with energy and romance via his bold, wise use of cinematic techniques in his brilliant and moving “Romeo and Juliet.” Early in Shakespeare’s play, … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Three Musketeers — Quintessence at Sedgwick Theatre

Ian Rose’s swordplay, Connor Hammond’s youthfully obtuse take on D’Artagnan, and horseplay of all kind, including some that looks as if it might break an actor’s back, contributed to keep … Continue reading

May 2, 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

Richard II — Quintessence Theatre Group

“Richard II” is a model for a history play. Although not as powerful or as varied as its natural sequel, “Henry IV,” “Richard” provides a platform through which Shakespeare supplies … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

As You Like It — Quintessence Theatre Group

Quintessence Theatre’s “As You Like It” has a Maytime playfulness about it that keeps it fresh and sprightly in its several scenes of comparative love, especially those that involve Rosalind … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

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