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Don Quixote — Hedgerow Theatre

More because of “Man of La Mancha” than from oodles of people reading the Miguel de Cervantes classic from cover to cover, “Don Quixote” is one of the most familiar … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

An Enemy of the People — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Consider all of the issues Henrik Ibsen broaches in “An Enemy of the People,” and you might think he was writing in the 21st century rather than in 1882. Parallels … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hello, Dolly! __ Media Theatre

I call it Liza Minnelli Syndrome. It occurs when you get an immediately warm and receptive reaction the minute a performer appears on stage. I have it with Rosemary Harris, … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Threepenny Opera — Villanova Theatre at Vasey Hall

Kurt Weill’s insistent tingel-tangel score for “The Threepenny Opera” pervades the Vasey Hall stage, with horns and drum pumping to a martial beat that sometimes turns lyrical and satirically elegant. … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Penelope — Inis Nua at Prince Music Theater

Some plays are production-dependent. Their quality as dramatic pieces may be assured, but they have an equal chance of soaring or tanking according to how they are presented or performed. … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Fair Maid of the West — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Broad Street Ministry

Charlotte Northeast figured out how to make a rollicking entertainment of Thomas Heywood’s ungainly 1631 intrigue -filled comedy, “The Fair Maid of the West.” She parodies Heywood’s work as she … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hamlet — Wilma Theater

For years, I have collected “Hamlets,” going hither and yon to see any production I could find. By now, I’ve seen more than 100 renditions of Shakespeare’s story about the … Continue reading

April 7, 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

Othello — Curio Theatre Company

Call it Iago. Dan Hodge’s production of “Othello” for Curio Theatre centers so much on Shakespeare’s exponentially duplicitous villain, and Brian McCann’s performance of Iago takes such dominant focus, the … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nora — Delaware Theatre Company

Intensity reigns constant as Kim Carson gives a breakthrough performance, and Ingmar Bergman’s compact adaptation of Ibsen’s classic, “A Doll’s House,” named “Nora” after its focal character, maintains a steady … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

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