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Coriolanus — Lantern Theater

The Roman rabble are ungrateful to and spiteful towards Coriolanus. All this great soldier and warrior has done is stave off enemy after enemy, the Volscian commander, Aufidius, several times, … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Auspicious Start to 2016-2017 Season — From “Bathing” to “Mrs. Warren”

So far, so good. And I mean really good. The 2016-2017 theater season has begun with almost unanimous quality in productions ranging from musicals to classic to the new-ish. Even … Continue reading

September 20, 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

The Taming of the Shrew — Lantern Theater

Padua and environs are lighthearted places in Charles McMahon’s lively, intelligent production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” for Lantern Theater. McMahon, set designer Lance Kniskern, and costumer Mark … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Misalliance — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium at Walnut 5

Among the many human traits George Bernard Shaw figured out and wrote about is the people most likely to be strangers to each other are parents and their children. In … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Watson Intelligence — Azuka at Off-Broad Street Theatre

Watson is a name associated with indispensable assistants. Think of Thomas Watson, who heard the first words spoken over a telephone, “Come here, Mr. Watson; I want you,” or of … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ritu Comes Home — InterAct Theatre at the Adrienne

Peter Gil-Sheridan was generous to himself when he conceived “Ritu Comes Home.” His play, having its world premiere production at InterAct Theatre,  is endowed with a rich sitcom premise in … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Ellie Mooney has the mimic’s knack of catching the essence, the signature sound of a vocalist, and projecting it in a way that goes beyond imitation or impersonation to homage. … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Circle Mirror Transformation — Theatre Horizon

 In the last scene of Annie Baker’s craftily constructed “Circle Mirror Transformation,” a teenage student, the youngest by far in a five-week community center adult acting workshop, is assigned to … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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