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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

Side Show — Media Theatre

SIDE SHOW, Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, in Media, Pa., through Sunday, March 2 — Before going into details, I have to say this is a production that will … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Bridges of Madison County — Media Theatre

            Jason Robert Brown has a unique way with lyrics. Several of his songs begin by wallowing, more artfully and articulately than most, in the modern trend to tell stories … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Auspicious Start to 2016-2017 Season — From “Bathing” to “Mrs. Warren”

So far, so good. And I mean really good. The 2016-2017 theater season has begun with almost unanimous quality in productions ranging from musicals to classic to the new-ish. Even … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Quick Impressions — Beautiful, Dogfight, Affair at Styles

Several of these reviews will be expanded in coming days, but here are some fast takes on shows running, or recently closed, in the Philadelphia region.   BEAUTIFUL: The Carole … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

To Kill a Mockingbird — Media Theatre

Respect can be too influential. Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of the established classics of 20th century literature. It is included in many, and probably most, curricula. … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Gypsy — Media Theatre

Hold your hats and hallelujah, Krissy Fraelich shows it to ya. Krissy Fraelich is terrific as Mama Rose in the Media’s production of “Gypsy” because she musters all the moxie … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · 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

Ghost — Media Theatre

Jesse Cline has many talents as a theater director, but his forte is bringing characters forward and getting to the core of their personal stories. The musical, “Ghost,” did not … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · Leave a comment
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