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Lobby Hero — Theatre Horizon

In the lingua franca of one Ralph Kramden, Jeff, the security guard who bristles at being referred to as a doorman in “Lobby Hero,” is a blabbermouth. A blaaaaa-bbbeeeeeerrrrr-mouth! Jeff … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

More Quickies: Hans Brinker, Wonderful Life, This is the Week That Is

HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES, Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, through January 31 — I read at the age of two and, like most children, was attracted … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Quickies on the Current — Ainsleys, Children’s Hour, Comedy of Tenors, Disgraced

To keep up with the glut, here is a listing of plays running currently in the Philadelphia region and some quick comments about them. ANTIGONE — Wilma Theater, Broad and … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Antigone — Wilma Theater

Call me Philistine. The pity of Theodoros Terzopoulos’s production of “Antigone” for Wilma Theater is so much effort, exactitude, and fine execution have gone into this handsome, ritualistic staging only … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead — Wilma Theater

Squirming, gyrating, turning slowly at odd angles, and other unnecessary, unenhancing, unedifying bursts of the-uh-tuh aside, Blanka Zizka gets to the witty core of the play that thrust Tom Stoppard … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hamlet — Wilma Theater

For years, I have collected “Hamlets,” going hither and yon to see any production I could find. By now, I’ve seen more than 100 renditions of Shakespeare’s story about the … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Red Speedo — Theatre Exile

Stupidity threatens to take a severe toll on three lives as playwright Lucas Hnath demonstrates that ignorance does not lead to bliss in his funny, sidewinding tale, “Red Speedo,” given … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Real Thing — Wilma Theater

┬áTom Stoppard is always on a quest for the precise, for the genuine. His plays deal with the corruption of philosophy, journalism, education, scholarship, scientific application, literature, romance, politics, and … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq — Wilma Theater

In a folk song from the 1960s, Buffy Sainte Marie writes about “The Universal Soldier,” a man who transcends time, religion, nationality, ideology, and physical features to represent willing warriors … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 1 Comment
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