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Romeo and Juliet — Wilma Theater

Forget the bold but unnecessary opening that has a stomping group of chanters pulsating through a mostly alphabetized litany of key words and themes from “Romeo and Juliet,” punctuating every … Continue reading

February 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Funnyman — Arden Theatre

Laughs are Chick Sherman’s life. And lifeblood. From his infancy, his primary lessons, and primary mission, was to get yuks from audiences attending vaudeville show, the Ziegfeld Follies and Broadway … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lights Rise on Grace — Azuka Theatre at the Adrienne

“Tough” is the operative word for the unnurtured souls in Chad Beckim’s “Lights Rise on Grace.” The three focal characters all come from the same lower class New York City … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Quickies on the Current — Ainsleys, Children’s Hour, Comedy of Tenors, Disgraced

To keep up with the glut, here is a listing of plays running currently in the Philadelphia region and some quick comments about them. ANTIGONE — Wilma Theater, Broad and … Continue reading

October 20, 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

Red Speedo — Theatre Exile

Stupidity threatens to take a severe toll on three lives as playwright Lucas Hnath demonstrates that ignorance does not lead to bliss in his funny, sidewinding tale, “Red Speedo,” given … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq — Wilma Theater

In a folk song from the 1960s, Buffy Sainte Marie writes about “The Universal Soldier,” a man who transcends time, religion, nationality, ideology, and physical features to represent willing warriors … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 1 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

Ghosts — People’s Light & Theatre Company

 Like many, Helen Alving is secure in thinking that by ignoring and managing the past, a past that she has engineered through decades of manipulation, careful rearrangement, and denial, she … Continue reading

January 24, 2014 · 1 Comment
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