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Quickies Again — Rumors (Bristol), Saint Joan (Quintessence)

RUMORS, Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, Pa., through Sunday, April 17 — Neil Simon knows how to structure a play and give characters tics and neuroses that individualize … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Government Inspector — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium at Walnut Studio 5

  When I was a child, my first inkling that life was different in the Communist world behind the Iron Curtain did not derive from propaganda but from Eastern European … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Fox on the Fairway — Act II Playhouse

Golf is a religion to the characters in Ken Ludwig’s amusing flapdoodle of a farce, “The Fox on the Fairway.” Both acts of the clockwork-structured comedy, filled, as all Ludwig … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Comedy of Tenors — McCarter Theatre Company at the Matthews Theatre

Ken Ludwig cannot keep┬áhis hands off of tenors. Thank goodness! While his marvelous new farce, “A Comedy of Tenors,” does not refer significantly to his lasting 1989 favorite, “Lend Me … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shipwrecked! — Walnut Independence on 3

Greg Wood practically bounds on stage, the enthusiasm of his “Shipwrecked!” character, Louis de Rougemont, being so great, he can barely wait to tell his stories about 30 years of … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Foreigner — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Jim Helsinger is a generous director, and actor Jacob Dresch is a worthy recipient of his liberality and trust. Dresch proves this during a seemingly improvisational segment of Larry Shue’s … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Around the World in 80 Days — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

While at times muddying the action that is supposed to taking place or allowing zaniness to go a tad unbridled, director Russell Treyz grants enough quarter to cogent, cohesive storytelling … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hound of the Baskervilles — Lantern Theater

Lantern is doing two shows at once. Its current production of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” suggests it’s presenting a version of the mystery Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to reintroduce … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Noises Off — Curio Theatre

As serious and incisive as Michael Frayn can be in plays like “Copenhagen” and “Democracy,” he is known in most of his novels and theater pieces for poking deliciously mean … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Penelope — Inis Nua at Prince Music Theater

Some plays are production-dependent. Their quality as dramatic pieces may be assured, but they have an equal chance of soaring or tanking according to how they are presented or performed. … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment
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