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Blood Wedding — Wilma Theater

BLOOD WEDDING — Wilma Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets, in Philadelphia, through November 19 — Dance 10, Lorca 3. If even. Re: Lorca, poor lad. Csaba Horvath’s muscular production of … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · 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

Oscar Wilde: From the Depths — Lantern Theater

Oscar Wilde had a life of extremes. The reputation that lasts, quite appropriately, is that of writer of grand flair and ostentatious wit who could craft an aphorism or bon … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Antigone — Wilma Theater

Call me Philistine. The pity of Theodoros Terzopoulos’s production of “Antigone” for Wilma Theater is so much effort, exactitude, and fine execution have gone into this handsome, ritualistic staging only … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead — Wilma Theater

Squirming, gyrating, turning slowly at odd angles, and other unnecessary, unenhancing, unedifying bursts of the-uh-tuh aside, Blanka Zizka gets to the witty core of the play that thrust Tom Stoppard … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hamlet — Wilma Theater

For years, I have collected “Hamlets,” going hither and yon to see any production I could find. By now, I’ve seen more than 100 renditions of Shakespeare’s story about the … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ritu Comes Home — InterAct Theatre at the Adrienne

Peter Gil-Sheridan was generous to himself when he conceived “Ritu Comes Home.” His play, having its world premiere production at InterAct Theatre,  is endowed with a rich sitcom premise in … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Ellie Mooney has the mimic’s knack of catching the essence, the signature sound of a vocalist, and projecting it in a way that goes beyond imitation or impersonation to homage. … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Julius Caesar — Lantern Theater

 Voices tell the story in  the Lantern production of “Julius Caesar.” So many of the members of Charles McMahon’s cast have done such sterling work in general during the last … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Frost/Nixon — New City Stage Company at Adrienne Theatre

 Peter Morgan is as skillful at portraiture as he is at playwriting. In various movies and plays — “The Queen,” “The Audience,” “The Last King of Scotland,” “Frost/Nixon” — he … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment
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