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The It Girl — Simpatico at the Lou Bluver Theatre at the Drake

It’s called “It.” It’s undefinable. Different people would characterize it in different ways. You can’t acquire it, rehearse for it, copy it. “It” is “it.” You know it when you … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rizzo — Theatre Exile at Christ Church Neighborhood House

Frank Rizzo is such an indelible figure, 24 years is not enough time to erase his image or the force of his personality from the people who followed his exploits … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hairy Ape — EgoPo Classic Theater at The Latvian Society

Fueled by an extraordinary performance by Matteo Scammell as Yank, Brenna Geffers’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape” for EgoPo is a magnificent example of how expressionistic stylization can … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Glass Menagerie — Act II Playhouse

The sad lucklessness of the Wingfield family of FDR-era St. Louis resonates deeply through James J. Christy’s production of “The Glass Menagerie” for Act II Playhouse. All of Amanda’s plans … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

La Bête — Arden Theatre

All begins well with Emmanuelle Delpech’s production of “La Bête” at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre. That is if you don’t count the gratuitously bizarre antics of Amanda Schoonover as Dorine, the … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Brainpeople — Luna Theater

Magical realism is an acquired taste. It asks for more than usual suspension of disbelief as it turns a plausible, realistic situation into a fantasy of great or even phenomenal proportion. … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Skin & Bone — Azuka Theatre at Off-Broad Street Theater

The ramshackle bed and breakfast situated in an early 19th century clapboard house in Transfer, Florida, a fictional blip off the I-10 Interstate in the most rural, i.e. old traditional … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — I Am Curious (Very)

SCIENCE VS. RELIGION IN SNOWGLOBE AT SHUBIN         Playwright Nicholas Wardigo says he once believed that science and religion could co-exist, that faith and fact were compatible in the … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

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