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Lightning Flashes — I Will Not Go Gently; Krissy Fraelich; Macbeth

OK, so short form is not my metier. Not so much writer’s block — Find me speechless, and look for a murderer. — as needing a vacation from the keyboard … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

On the Road Again — Act II Playhouse

“On the Road Again” is like a busman’s holiday. Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs have and provide such fun, all critical faculties can be suspended as I enjoy a smart, … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Shaw Festival — Preliminary Report

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario — During the next week, I will post full reviews of the 10 plays included on this year’s Shaw Festival roster. My intention was to file a review … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Shaw and Stratford Festivals — Canadian Assurance

 Consistently theatrical greatness lies just across the U.S. border at the two ends of the Canadian province of Ontario. I first attended the Stratford Festival in 1976 when the actors … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Karen Mason — Breath and Song Restored

In an earlier era, Karen Mason would be an international star. Her voice is one of the best and most versatile, and her song stylings range from great intellect and … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

I’m a Stranger Here Myself — Prince Music Theater

Mark Nadler has a lot to impart in his 90-minute show, “I’m a Stranger Here Myself:  Musik from the Weimar and Beyond.” The veteran cabaret performer uses a barrel-house piano … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

 Kathy Halenda nails all the traits that made Sophie Tucker popular and unique during her heyday as a nightclub entertainer and raconteuse whose career spanned more than half of the … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Patti LuPone — Faraway Places — Morgan’s Cabaret — Prince Music Theater

 Younger generations of theatergoers must regard Patti LuPone the same way I think of Ethel Merman or Mary Martin. With other combinations like Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, or Liza … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

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