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Quickies! And For Once, Success!

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, Media Theatre, State and Monroe, Media, Pa. through April 1 — Vocally, Jenny Lee Stern channels Patsy Cline. The clean, heartfelt sounds register. Physically, I kept seeing Judy … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Nether — InterAct Theatre at The Drake

In the course of writing a play about keeping confidences, the modern penchant for intervention, and related issues of trust and meddling, Edward Albee challenges his audience’s possible disdain — … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Harvey — Walnut Street Theatre

Harvey, the towering — 6’3″…and a half — invisible rabbit in Mary Chase’s durable 1944 play, is a survivor. He outlasts Veta Louise Simmons’s plot to have him exorcised from … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 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

Henry V — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

The more personal and intimate Matt Pfeiffer’s production of “Henry V” for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is, the better it is. Among Shakespeare’s history plays, “Henry V” always seems most to … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to Write a New Book for the Bible — People’s Light & Theatre Company

I say it often, and I mean it sincerely. There’s no pro like an old pro. I uttered that line first after seeing Helen Gallagher and Eddie Bracken in a … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

And Then There Were None — Walnut Street Theatre

Eight people, strangers to each other, are invited to spend the weekend at a British country estate situated on an island and only reachable by boat, a ferry that comes … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mickle Street — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

When he was a boy, Oscar Wilde’s mother read him verse from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” a landmark collection that was published in 1855, the year after Wilde was born. … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Private Lives — Walnut Street Theatre

Kathleen Wallace slides into Noel Coward bons mots with a delicious subtlety that contrasts well with her nimbly gymnastic and diabolically satirical takeoff on Merce Cunningham-Martha Graham modernism when a … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bach at Leipzig — People’s Light & Theatre Company

At the end of the first act of Itamar Moses’s play, “Bach at Leipzig,” I turned to my friend, Byron Fink, and said, “I see. It’s a verbal fugue.” At … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment
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