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2018 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

2018 was chocked with good productions and fine performances. Choosing nominees, let alone recipients, required a battery of combinations and permutations until the lists were set. Here, in each of … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Lightning Flashes — I Will Not Go Gently; Krissy Fraelich; Macbeth

OK, so short form is not my metier. Not so much writer’s block — Find me speechless, and look for a murderer. — as needing a vacation from the keyboard … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

On the Road Again — Act II Playhouse

“On the Road Again” is like a busman’s holiday. Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs have and provide such fun, all critical faculties can be suspended as I enjoy a smart, … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

More Quickies: Hans Brinker, Wonderful Life, This is the Week That Is

HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES, Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, through January 31 — I read at the age of two and, like most children, was attracted … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

To the Moon — 1812 Productions at Christ Church Neighborhood House

Interweaving biography, especially of someone who has an indelible image and millions of extant fans, with a fictional work that borrows from the famous person’s oeuvre but is unique enough … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

This Is The Week That Is — 1812 Productions at Plays & Players

What a difference a season makes! Last spring, 1812 Productions moved its annual “This Is The Week That Is” from the holiday slot to April.  The show had zing to … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Intimate Exchanges — 1812 Productions — at the Arden

Alan Ayckbourn loves combinations and permutations as much as a mathematician does. The playwright is constantly coming up with different ways a single play can include multiple variations of a … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

This Is the Week That Is — 1812 Productions at Plays & Players

Realizing that a $2.5 million fine may be chump change, or something akin to minimum wage for disgraced billionaire Donald Sterling, the cast of “This Is the Week That Is,” … Continue reading

May 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cirkopolis and Odds and Ends — 1812, Dance Celebration, Macbeth, and Porgy and Bess

“Cirkopolis” is unique among shows that bring circus skills to the theater. The piece, produced by Cirque Éloize and directed by Dave St. Pierre and Jeannot Painchaud, has an actual … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment
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