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Theater Blitz — An Attack of Catch-Up Comments

As I mentioned in my last post, I needed a break from the keyboard. Apologies that shows that went uncovered, especially those that are about to receive belated favorable reviews, … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Richard III — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Shakespeare offers directors and performers multiple avenues by which to craft a production of his works. Concentration could be on a character, parallel patterns, or a theme. Samantha Reading leans … Continue reading

March 31, 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

Pericles — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Fashionable though it has become to gush over experimentation and bask in “process,” my firm and decided preference is for the polished and finished. I don’t mind seeing a play … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Around the World in 80 Days — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

While at times muddying the action that is supposed to taking place or allowing zaniness to go a tad unbridled, director Russell Treyz grants enough quarter to cogent, cohesive storytelling … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Arden Theatre

Ian Merrill Peakes’s Macbeth at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre shows less ambition than dissatisfaction. Nothing is ever good enough for him. He can’t be content with what he has. When Banquo … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon — People’s Light

Watching Christopher Patrick Mullen laboring back and forth across the People’s Light stage wrestling with a dragon’s tail sets up the farcical silliness of Michael Ogborn’s latest panto, “Arthur and … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment
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