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Quickies! And For Once, Success!

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, Media Theatre, State and Monroe, Media, Pa. through April 1 — Vocally, Jenny Lee Stern channels Patsy Cline. The clean, heartfelt sounds register. Physically, I kept seeing Judy … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Peter and the Starcatcher — Walnut Street Theatre

Director Bill Van Horn provides clarity and room for comic ideas to breathe that sets his production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” for a Walnut above any of the previous … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Metamorphoses — Arden Theatre

For all that can be commended in Doug Hara’s production of “Metamorphoses” for Arden Theatre, and there’s plenty, the show ultimately suffers from lack of attention to its most important … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Whale — Theatre Exile

Charlie has been systematically destroying himself for a decade. That’s how long it’s been since Charlie’s partner, Alan, died, also perhaps of self-neglect, or at least a stoic nod to … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Blood Wedding — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Mandell

Everything about Matthew Campbell’s set for Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s “Blood Wedding” suggests arid languor. Though the stucco arches that stand for houses, plazas, and towns are often lit by Dominic … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Man of La Mancha — Act II Playhouse

From the time Christopher Colucci comes down Act II Playhouse’s house left aisle fingering on a lone guitar the familiar chords and rhythms that signal the overture of “Man of … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

True West — Theatre Exile at Plays & Players

Lights and music punctuate the mood and level of tension as Sam Shepard’s sibling duel, “True West,” progresses in Matt Pfeiffer’s slyly engaging production for Theatre Exile.        Easy tones … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment
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