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The Three Maries — No Attytude at Prince Music Theater

Michael Ogborn is often a master of loopy fun, and he knows without question both the genre he’s emulating, haphazardly plotted romantic musicals of the 1920s, and the city he’s … Continue reading

January 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Five Fast Takes — Bullshot Crummond; Closer; Gypsy; Tappin’ Thru Life

I need to catch up. September, for whatever reason, was fast, furious, and busy. To be neurotically complete about some reviews, I concentrated on a few and let others go … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits — Act II Playhouse

To someone who has been seeing Broadway fare since Roscius was an actor in Rome, Gerard Alessandrini is as valued a being as Stephen Sondheim or Fred Ebb. For more than 30 … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cape May Summer Club — Comin’ Back For More

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The sharp white dinner jackets and black bow ties tell one story. Tight harmonies on “Guys and Dolls” classics, “Fugue for Tinhorns” and “Luck Be a…

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mary Poppins — Walnut Street Theatre

Although Lindsey Bliven, playing the title role, rouses the Walnut Street Theatre audience in burgeoning numbers such as “Anything Can Happen” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” the highlights of Wayne Bryan’s staging of … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Addams Family — Media Theatre

Jeffrey Coon and Jennie Eisenhower ace their roles as Gomez and Morticia Addams in Dann Dunn’s production of “The Addams Family” for Media Theatre because they each have the good … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beautiful Boy — Walnut Street Theatre — Independence Studio on 3

 “Beautiful Boy” is a rare current example of the well-made play. It’s straightforward, new scenes build on previous scenes, and its characters are clearly drawn and speak concisely. It has … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — The Vogel Collaboration

ACTORS WORK WITH VOGEL, ZIZKA TO DEVELOP ‘DON JUAN’ AT WILMA       The Wilma put itself on a heady course when it scheduled two consecutive world premieres for this winter. … Continue reading

February 6, 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

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