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Doubt: A Parable — Lantern Theater

Of the myriad productions I’ve seen of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” Kathryn MacMillan’s staging for Philadelphia’s Lantern Theater is the first to give serious consideration to the play’s subtitle, “A … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards 2014 — The Recipients Are…

In a year chocked with sterling performance, the combined names of two actors who turn out to be recipients of the 2014 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards sound positively Dickensian. Say … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nine to Five — Walnut Street Theatre

Sharp characterizations by Dee Hoty, Amy Bodnar, and Amanda Rose join with a fireworks explosion of a performance by Mary Martello to keep the Walnut Street Theatre production of Dolly Parton’s … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Herringbone — Flashpoint Theatre at Off-Broad Street Theatre

All hail Ben Dibble! “Tour de force” is too light a praise to let it suffice to encompass all this brave, virile, agile, expressive triple threat performer offers audiences in … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Arsenic and Old Lace — Walnut Street Theatre

Plays are often funniest when characters have no idea that anything they say or do is the least bit comic. In Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace,” eccentricity in on … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Story of My Life — Delaware Theatre Company

 The Delaware Theatre Company production of “The Story of My Life” proves how potently polished theater can triumph over facile and sentimental literature.      Individually, and as a team, Ben … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

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