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April Catch-Up I — Ella: First Lady of Song and Bullets Over Broadway

ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG — Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water Street, Wilmington, Del. Through Sunday, May 13 — Freda Payne does some lovely singing in “Ella: First Lady of … Continue reading

April 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Four Fast Takes — As You Like It, The Mousetrap, Nureyev’s Eyes, Sound of Music

AS YOU LIKE IT, Lantern Theater, 10th and Ludlow Streets, Philadelphia, through Sunday, April 17 —Ultimately entertaining, Charles McMahon’s production of Shakespeare’s wise comedy is a hodge-podge that not only … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Women of Will — Coming to Delaware Theatre Company

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Book my trip to Lenox, Massachusetts. After seeing, and hearing, the magic Tina Packer can conjure using primarily language, movement, and attitude, I want to see…

January 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Diner — Delaware Theatre Company

Of all of the shows to open in the Philadelphia area this season, none is as important or has the far-reaching ambition of “Diner.” This is a piece that brings … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Playing the Assassin — Delaware Theatre Company

Nothing is permitted to be cut-and-dried today. Including accidents. They happen, but current custom insists someone be at fault or take blame. Remorse has become a requirement, apology a stipulation. … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Five Fast Takes — Bullshot Crummond; Closer; Gypsy; Tappin’ Thru Life

I need to catch up. September, for whatever reason, was fast, furious, and busy. To be neurotically complete about some reviews, I concentrated on a few and let others go … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Because of Winn-Dixie — Delaware Theatre Company

It’s an old show biz maxim, and true, that an adult cannot expect full attention if he or she is working on stage with a dog or a child. “Because … Continue reading

April 29, 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

Rest, In Pieces — Delaware Theatre Company

Steve Bluestein must have been bitten by what I call the Harvey Spiegelgass bug. Harvey Spiegelgass does not exist. He is an amalgam of playwrights like Harvey Perr, Leonard Spiegelgass, … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ain’t Misbehavin’ — Delaware Theatre Company

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” began an era of shows built around one songwriter, singer, or artist by taking a man’s music, Fats Waller’s, and using it as the basis for a smart, … Continue reading

April 12, 2014
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