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Theater Blitz — An Attack of Catch-Up Comments

As I mentioned in my last post, I needed a break from the keyboard. Apologies that shows that went uncovered, especially those that are about to receive belated favorable reviews, … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Peter and the Starcatcher — Walnut Street Theatre

Director Bill Van Horn provides clarity and room for comic ideas to breathe that sets his production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” for a Walnut above any of the previous … Continue reading

March 31, 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

Equivocation — Arden Theatre

Besides being thoughtful and thought-provoking, Bill Cain is a clever playwright who can take a lot of plot strands and weave them into an engrossing, satisfying quilt of entertainment. Cain’s … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Arden Theatre

Ian Merrill Peakes’s Macbeth at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre shows less ambition than dissatisfaction. Nothing is ever good enough for him. He can’t be content with what he has. When Banquo … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Body of an American — Wilma Theater

Throughout Dan O’Brien’s play, “The Body of an American,” a writer, called Dan because he is the stage alter ego for Dan O’Brien, talks to a character representing Toronto Star … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 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

Incorruptible — Arden Theatre Company

Religion was heady business in 1250. Even more than it is today. Competition was particularly rife for relics, skeletons and even digits of saints that could draw pilgrims who would … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

Three Sisters — Arden Theatre

Initial signs of the Arden production of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” are ominous. You enter the theater, and the first thing you see is a replica of a rehearsal hall, a … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

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