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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

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

Quickies Again — Rumors (Bristol), Saint Joan (Quintessence)

RUMORS, Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, Pa., through Sunday, April 17 — Neil Simon knows how to structure a play and give characters tics and neuroses that individualize … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

#TheRevolution — InterAct Theatre at the Drake

Kristoffer Diaz has an active, agile mind. In his play “#TheRevolution,” he perceives much about human nature, mob rule, and the potential reach of social media. “#TheRevolution” is full of … Continue reading

February 4, 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

Lulu’s Golden Shoes — Flashpoint Theatre at Caplan Studio Theatre

Ana’s life is not pretty in any way. Her mother’s poverty means a series of power shut-offs, a steady diet of macaroni and cheese, and a sense of hopelessness that … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Metamorphosis — Quintessence Theatre

Exquisitely inventive choreography, and the right tone of storytelling, in a stylized expressionistic setting combine to make Rebecca Wright’s production of “The Metamorphosis” for Quintessence Theatre Group an evocative experience … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment
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