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A Midsummer Night’s Dream — Arden Theatre

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street, in Philadelphia, through Sunday, April 9 — The lunatic, the lover, and the poet all seem to have in hand … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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

Death of a Salesman — Curio Theatre

Paul Kuhn’s touching, everyman portrayal of American theater icon Willy Loman would be enough to recommend Curio’s unceasingly perceptive and moving production of Arthur Miller’s modern classic. Kuhn, whether in … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dracula — Hedgerow Theatre

How wonderful to attend a classic play that could be done as a “39 Steps-like” comedy and see it taken seriously! In addition to praising Hedgerow and director Dan Hodge … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Equivocation — Arden Theatre

Besides being thoughtful and thought-provoking, Bill Cain is a clever playwright who can take a lot of plot strands and weave them into an engrossing, satisfying quilt of entertainment. Cain’s … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Captive — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at The Physick House

Édouard Bourdet’s “La Prisonnière,” which translates in English to “The Captive,” was bold for 1926 as it centered on a taboo subject, Lesbianism, and caused a stir in Paris, New … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Henry V — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

The more personal and intimate Matt Pfeiffer’s production of “Henry V” for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is, the better it is. Among Shakespeare’s history plays, “Henry V” always seems most to … Continue reading

July 27, 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

The Rape of Lucrece — Wilma and Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Wilma

Originally posted on NealsPaper:
Dan Hodge has joined some estimable company. His stirringly moving recitation of Shakespeare’s poem, “The Rape of Lucrece” is a bona fide piece of theater that…

April 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

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