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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

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

Two More from ’18 — Next to Normal and Passing Strange

NEXT TO NORMAL, Media Theatre, through February 25 — Krissy Fraelich’s riveting central performance blends with the perfection of Geoffrey Goldberg’s direction to make this production not only powerful and … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

1776 — Media Theatre

1776, Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media, Pa. through Sunday, May 22 — Strong performances, especially by Luke Brahdt and Bob Stineman as two Continental Congress representatives that are … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Harvey — Walnut Street Theatre

Harvey, the towering — 6’3″…and a half — invisible rabbit in Mary Chase’s durable 1944 play, is a survivor. He outlasts Veta Louise Simmons’s plot to have him exorcised from … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

High Society — Walnut Street Theatre

The Walnut Street Theatre production of “High Society” is a curiosity in two distinct and separate ways, one having to do with its performances, the other regarding Arthur Kopit’s unnecessary … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Recipients — Helen and Morris Zoren Awards 2014-2015

A glorious season is celebrated by citing some of the best productions and performances seen during it. Awards are a round-up of sorts,. They compact cherished memories and give a … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Passion — Arden Theatre

Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Passion,” comes to a pivotal point at which a young soldier, driven to a range of emotions, most of them negative, by the unwanted, unencouraged love he’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cape May Summer Club — Comin’ Back For More

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The sharp white dinner jackets and black bow ties tell one story. Tight harmonies on “Guys and Dolls” classics, “Fugue for Tinhorns” and “Luck Be a…

April 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
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