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Unnecessary Farce — Act II Playhouse

Silly, unpolished mayhem appears to be sum of “Unnecessary Farce,” the aptly named crime comedy at Act II Playhouse. When Anthony Lawton and Karen Peakes begin the show as two … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 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

La Bête — Arden Theatre

All begins well with Emmanuelle Delpech’s production of “La Bête” at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre. That is if you don’t count the gratuitously bizarre antics of Amanda Schoonover as Dorine, the … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lend Me a Tenor — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

When a piece of a door breaks off after apparently being slammed one time past its tolerance, actor Perry Ojeda, playing an internationally renowned opera singer in “Lend Me a … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

The 39 Steps — Hedgerow Theatre

“The 39 Steps” gets broader every time I see it. My first view, at London’s Criterion Theatre in 2006, was an eye opener. It took me a scene of two … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

The 39 Steps — Theatre Horizon

As the music hall novelty performer, Mr. Memory, is introduced in the Theatre Horizon production of “The 39 Steps,”  you hear Gounod’s “Funeral March of the Marionettes” and see a … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Oedipussy — Curio Theatre Company

 The cast of Curio Theatre’s “Oedipussy” have a woeful lament. They whine and complain and threaten to commit dire individual acts in a response to an event they find grievous … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cinderella: A Musical Panto — People’s Light & Theatre Company

 Pantos are tricky. They have to contain enough slapstick, simplicity, and story familiarity to entertain children while being arch enough, and often topical enough, to amuse adults.          “Cinderella: A … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Lend Me a Tenor — Delaware Theatre Company

“Lend Me a Tenor” is so well crafted, every line, plot twist, and gimmick is an invitation to laugh.      Employing everything from confusing twin Othellos to rapidly spoiling shrimp … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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