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Driving Miss Daisy — Act II Playhouse

From the second Carla Belver bellows her first emphatic “No” in Act II’s “Driving Miss Daisy,” you know you’re going to see a special performance. As the first scene between … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Auctioning the Ainsleys — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Laura Schellhardt’s quirky comedy, about a quirky, insular family of five taking stock of their individual histories, talents, and character traits before moving, per force, to the next phase of … Continue reading

October 23, 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

The Glass Menagerie — Act II Playhouse

The sad lucklessness of the Wingfield family of FDR-era St. Louis resonates deeply through James J. Christy’s production of “The Glass Menagerie” for Act II Playhouse. All of Amanda’s plans … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Barrymore Profile

Excellence should be acknowledged. Award ceremonies and honors are not about competition. They’re about recognition. Every season, dozens of fine performances are seen on Philadelphia stages. Within those dozens, some … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beautiful Boy — Walnut Street Theatre — Independence Studio on 3

 “Beautiful Boy” is a rare current example of the well-made play. It’s straightforward, new scenes build on previous scenes, and its characters are clearly drawn and speak concisely. It has … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — The Vogel Collaboration

ACTORS WORK WITH VOGEL, ZIZKA TO DEVELOP ‘DON JUAN’ AT WILMA       The Wilma put itself on a heady course when it scheduled two consecutive world premieres for this winter. … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

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