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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

Private Lives — Walnut Street Theatre

Kathleen Wallace slides into Noel Coward bons mots with a delicious subtlety that contrasts well with her nimbly gymnastic and diabolically satirical takeoff on Merce Cunningham-Martha Graham modernism when a … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hamlet — Hedgerow Theatre

Jared Reed has a way of reading soliloquies that brings you immediately into Hamlet’s thought processes. Reed, playing the role at Hedgerow Theatre, is a Hamlet you could never construe … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The 39 Steps — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Intense mystery and low comedy have been combining in Patrick Barlow’s stage version of “The 39 Steps” since Maria Aitken staged John Buchan’s cleverly plotted spy thriller in London in … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Rape of Lucrece — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Broad Street Ministry

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 entitles Hodge to be … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Real Thing — Wilma Theater

┬áTom Stoppard is always on a quest for the precise, for the genuine. His plays deal with the corruption of philosophy, journalism, education, scholarship, scientific application, literature, romance, politics, and … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mary Stuart — Philadelphia Artists Collective at Broad Street Ministry

Audiences throughout time have adored battles of titans. Add royalty, and claim to the British throne to the mix, and fewer such contretemps stir interest more than the conflict between … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Exonerated — Delaware Theatre Company

When Ryan Ferguson was released from a Missouri prison in November after spending almost 10 years locked up for a murder he did not commit and for which there was … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Macbeth — Hedgerow Theatre

Hedgerow Theatre’s spare, straightforward production of “Macbeth” requires some thought. Director Dan Hodge has cut Shakespeare’s play, elided characters, and imposed some unique interpretations, including one that would answer a … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

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