NealsPaper

All Things Entertaining and Cultural

Oscar Wilde: From the Depths — Lantern Theater

Oscar Wilde had a life of extremes. The reputation that lasts, quite appropriately, is that of writer of grand flair and ostentatious wit who could craft an aphorism or bon … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mountain — Bristol Riverside Theatre

The thrilling thing about Keith Baker’s towering performance as Justice William O. Douglas in “Mountain” is how the actor’s wit and thoroughness goes beyond the biography of Douglas Scott’s script … Continue reading

November 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rizzo — Theatre Exile at Christ Church Neighborhood House

Frank Rizzo is such an indelible figure, 24 years is not enough time to erase his image or the force of his personality from the people who followed his exploits … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Mother Has 4 Noses — People’s Light & Theatre Company

The title of Jonatha Brooke’s presentation with music, “My Mother Has 4 Noses,” is literal. Her mother, Darren Stone, a published poet, was a Christian Scientist. She developed cancer in … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Post Haste — Hedgerow Theatre

Emily Post was a well-published, well-connected writer who found her enduring cash cow of a subject, etiquette, while observing the manners of people she met during a 1915 cross-country automobile … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to Write a New Book for the Bible — People’s Light & Theatre Company

I say it often, and I mean it sincerely. There’s no pro like an old pro. I uttered that line first after seeing Helen Gallagher and Eddie Bracken in a … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Yardbird — Opera Philadelphia at Perelman Theater

Maestro Corrado Rovaris begins the downbeat, an easy drum riff that leads a mellow combination of horns. Daniel Schnyder’s score for his and librettist Bridgette A. Wimberly’s view of jazz … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Liberace! — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Here’s a question. Does any well-known entertainer make a grand living today by primarily playing the piano in 1,000-seat nightclubs or on television? The answer is no. Just as no … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Oscar — Opera Philadelphia at Academy of Music

The life of Oscar Wilde spiraled quickly from the giddy heights of fame, flare, and frivolity to the degradation of confinement, disease, and penury. British law, which in 1897 forbade homosexual practice and … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Body of an American — Wilma Theater

Throughout Dan O’Brien’s play, “The Body of an American,” a writer, called Dan because he is the stage alter ego for Dan O’Brien, talks to a character representing Toronto Star … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment
Advertisements

Follow me on Twitter

Advertisements