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Fly — Crossroads Theatre

The characters are sitting in simple faux metal chairs, the kind you can find at any Target or Staples, but they are miming tricky arm and hand maneuvers associated with … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Richard III — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Shakespeare offers directors and performers multiple avenues by which to craft a production of his works. Concentration could be on a character, parallel patterns, or a theme. Samantha Reading leans … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Second Mrs. Wilson — George Street Playhouse

Heaven bless Joe DiPietro for eschewing the current penchant for 90-minute works that dwell on single issues or one character’s stifling neurosis in a staccato shorthand that barely scratches surfaces, … Continue reading

November 25, 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

My Philadelphia Story: A Tourist in My Hometown

I am a traveler, and several factors make travel unlikely for the nonce. Yet I am lucky to live in a city, and region, with infinite variety. As much I … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ragtime — Bristol Riverside Theatre

In addition to telling a moving and compelling story, E.L. Doctorow scored two remarkable achievements when he published his novel, “Ragtime,” in 1975. He composed his novel in the rhythms … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Henry V — Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Aaron Cromie specializes in giving plays kinetic motion. His productions always brim with life and, when possible, are set in an alternative time and place them offsets themes and often … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Richard II — Quintessence Theatre Group

“Richard II” is a model for a history play. Although not as powerful or as varied as its natural sequel, “Henry IV,” “Richard” provides a platform through which Shakespeare supplies … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Unconstitutional — Philadelphia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Colin Quinn is for abortion, for guns, for gay marriage, and for the death penalty. Besides crossing entrenched party lines to put some common sense into politics, Quinn says his … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

I’m a Stranger Here Myself — Prince Music Theater

Mark Nadler has a lot to impart in his 90-minute show, “I’m a Stranger Here Myself:  Musik from the Weimar and Beyond.” The veteran cabaret performer uses a barrel-house piano … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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