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2016 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

Award time, and the choosing ain’t easy. Philadelphia actors have become world-class, and excellent, detailed, assured, individualized performances have become the rule. Some performers stun by expanding what looks like … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

2016 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Qualifiers

What an enriching year in Philadelphia theater! Choosing the alleged best among 176 productions proved an daunting task as companies are getting cannier about selecting plays that are good for … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Recipients — Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Award 2015-2016

People ask, “How can you see 216 productions in a year?” The answer is I would see more if time and cash flow allowed. Those two life-enriching commodities rarely arrive … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — A HISTORY OF RECIPIENTS

I am, by nature, a list maker and an evaluator. From the time I began going to the theater and saw my first professional show, “Funny Girl,” on September 4, … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

2015 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — THE RECIPIENTS

Theatergoing is a pleasant and relatively safe gamble. You never know when you’re going to see a special production or performance that is extraordinary beyond expectation. I didn’t know the … Continue reading

January 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards 2015 — THE NOMINEES

Reliving a theater season, program by program, is a lesson in appreciation. I was present at the birth of regional theater in Philadelphia. I attended my first Philadelphia Theatre Company … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · 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

The Nominees — Helen and Morris Zoren Awards 2014-2015

Paring a list of hundreds to a mere, but significant, five is arduous. Even for someone who is the sole judge of whom gets selected to receive the ultimate recognition … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Helen and Morris Zoren Awards 2014-2015 — The Qualifiers

Going through 214 programs collected at theatrical performances during the 2014-2015 season is four times as exhilarating as it is exhausting. Besides programs, constant theatergoers also collect memories, often cherished … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nominees — 2014 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards

Choosing nominees from the marvelous array of performances is exhilarating, heartbreaking, and downright difficult. Performance was so good that I would be able to recommend more than 100 of the … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

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