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Coriolanus — Lantern Theater

The Roman rabble are ungrateful to and spiteful towards Coriolanus. All this great soldier and warrior has done is stave off enemy after enemy, the Volscian commander, Aufidius, several times, … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Funnyman — Arden Theatre

Laughs are Chick Sherman’s life. And lifeblood. From his infancy, his primary lessons, and primary mission, was to get yuks from audiences attending vaudeville show, the Ziegfeld Follies and Broadway … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Taming of the Shrew — Delaware Shakespeare Festival in Rockwood Park

Bucolic Rockwood Park, with its greenery, meadows, and mansion on the hill, provides the perfect setting for a show set in sunny Italy but costumed by Kayla Speedy to suggest … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Into the Woods — Theatre Horizon

The songs from “Into the Woods” are infectious. Several people I know didn’t like Stephen Sondheim’s score when they heard the first time in the current movie version. I can’t … Continue reading

February 19, 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

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo — Temple Theaters at the Adrienne

I know Darryl Gene Daughtry, Jr. is an effective actor because his  portrayal of Kev, a jumpy, quick reacting soldier in Rajiv Joseph’s play, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cirkopolis and Odds and Ends — 1812, Dance Celebration, Macbeth, and Porgy and Bess

“Cirkopolis” is unique among shows that bring circus skills to the theater. The piece, produced by Cirque Éloize and directed by Dave St. Pierre and Jeannot Painchaud, has an actual … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards 2013

The 2013 theater year was a strong one in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. Companies showed both taste and assurance while presenting a wide range of plays, many of which … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Child’s Christmas in Wales — Lantern Theater

 Sebastienne Mundheim’s production of Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” for Lantern Theater is a theatrical dichotomy. It is admirable in its intention and abundant in creativity while being … Continue reading

December 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

I Am My Own Wife — Theatre Horizon

 Nuance, precision, and deliberate subtlety inform Charlie DelMarcelle’s touching, amusing, and charming performance as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, born Lothar Berfelde, in Doug Wright’s 2003 solo piece, “I Am My Own … Continue reading

November 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

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