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Smoke — Theatre Exile at Studio X

Julie, age 20, may be joking, or not, when she says she took a class in S&M (Sadomasochism) 101, but this ingénue has a decided taste for danger. Or at … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sense and Sensibility — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan have proven with two productions they have a surefire bead on adapting Jane Austen novels for the stage. As writers, they find the wit and … Continue reading

March 1, 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

College Colors — Crossroads Theatre

Rather than go into depth, playwright Stacie Lents confined her play about racial tensions on campus to two related stories, one taking place in 1964, when attention towards civil rights … Continue reading

February 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cold Mountain — Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music

A chilling first scene sets the tone and context for Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer’s gorgeous and moving opera, “Cold Mountain,” an epic piece given a vibrant, unstintingly dramatic production … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

The It Girl — Simpatico at the Lou Bluver Theatre at the Drake

It’s called “It.” It’s undefinable. Different people would characterize it in different ways. You can’t acquire it, rehearse for it, copy it. “It” is “it.” You know it when you … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

To Kill a Mockingbird — Media Theatre

Respect can be too influential. Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of the established classics of 20th century literature. It is included in many, and probably most, curricula. … Continue reading

January 30, 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 Piano Lesson — McCarter Theatre

Storytelling prevails so strongly and engrossingly in McCarter Theatre’s production of “The Piano Lesson,” you marvel and how adroitly director Jade King Carroll and her cast sidestep playwright August Wilson’s … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Moon for the Misbegotten — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Kate Galvin’s production of “A Moon for the Misbegotten” is as solid and as sturdy as Eugene O’Neill’s scrappy hulk of a rough-tongued heroine, Josie Hogan. The staging doesn’t dazzle. … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

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