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A Moon for the Misbegotten — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Kate Galvin’s production of “A Moon for the Misbegotten” is as solid and as sturdy as Eugene O’Neill’s scrappy hulk of a rough-tongued heroine, Josie Hogan. The staging doesn’t dazzle. … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Equivocation — Arden Theatre

Besides being thoughtful and thought-provoking, Bill Cain is a clever playwright who can take a lot of plot strands and weave them into an engrossing, satisfying quilt of entertainment. Cain’s … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Henry V — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

The more personal and intimate Matt Pfeiffer’s production of “Henry V” for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is, the better it is. Among Shakespeare’s history plays, “Henry V” always seems most to … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Foreigner — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Jim Helsinger is a generous director, and actor Jacob Dresch is a worthy recipient of his liberality and trust. Dresch proves this during a seemingly improvisational segment of Larry Shue’s … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

To the Moon — 1812 Productions at Christ Church Neighborhood House

Interweaving biography, especially of someone who has an indelible image and millions of extant fans, with a fictional work that borrows from the famous person’s oeuvre but is unique enough … Continue reading

May 13, 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

Outside Mullingar — Philadelphia Theatre Co. at Suzanne Roberts

“Outside Mullingar” is a roundabout love story that is tinged with Irish loquaciousness, humor, and frankness that keeps you listening and, sporadically, laughing until John Patrick Shanley¬†deigns to bend the … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Intimate Exchanges — 1812 Productions — at the Arden

Alan Ayckbourn loves combinations and permutations as much as a mathematician does. The playwright is constantly coming up with different ways a single play can include multiple variations of a … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Patrick Mulcahy’s production of “Macbeth” for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival takes a sharp turn for the better when Ian Bedford, as Shakespeare’s title character, launches into the soliloquy in which Macbeth … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lend Me a Tenor — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

When a piece of a door breaks off after apparently being slammed one time past its tolerance, actor Perry Ojeda, playing an internationally renowned opera singer in “Lend Me a … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment
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