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2021-2022 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards — The Recipients

The Great Return occurred.      Live theater, missing from our lives for 15 months, arrived back on the stage.      Regional theaters opened. London opened. Broadway opened. Masked or not, … Continue reading

August 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

2021-2022 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards — The Nominees

 As always, paring lists of more than 50 and two of more than 200 to a select group of five is an arduous task even if it’s a lot of … Continue reading

July 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

2019-2020 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards — The Nominees

Ready for some confusion?       While reviewing diaries and rankings for the 2021-2022 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards, it dawned on me the pandemic intervened, imposed a long … Continue reading

July 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

2021 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Recipients

  Never, since I began seeing theater on a regular basis and keeping a running diary of all the shows I see and the performers in them, have I seen … Continue reading

May 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

2021 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

Because of COVID, I saw only 22 plays in the Philadelphia area in 2021. Usually, I present what I call “The Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award” — Notice the placement of … Continue reading

May 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Hamilton — National Tour, Academy of Music on the Kimmel Cultural Campus

  Sweep on several levels accounts for the achievement and excitement of “Hamilton.” It’s no wonder it’s earned both critical acclaim and popular support since the Lin-Manuel Miranda burst of … Continue reading

October 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Alexander Hamilton: A Favorite Before It Was Fashionable

Lin-Manuel Miranda did Alexander Hamilton, and students of American history, a gratifying favor. Reading Ron Chernow’s excellent biography of Hamilton earlier in this decade, Miranda saw a life of drama … Continue reading

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tony Awards 2016 — Why Not?

The Tonys are my Super Bowl. Say what you want about Broadway, it remains the pinnacle of American theater quality and proves over and over again to be the place … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

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