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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

Macbeth — Villanova Theatre at Vasey Theatre

Although passages are cut and the story is framed to be a close comparison of the men who might rule Scotland in James J. Christy’s production of “Macbeth” at Villanova … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Arden Theatre

Ian Merrill Peakes’s Macbeth at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre shows less ambition than dissatisfaction. Nothing is ever good enough for him. He can’t be content with what he has. When Banquo … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Patrick Mulcahy’s production of “Macbeth” for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival takes a sharp turn for the better when Ian Bedford, as Shakespeare’s title character, launches into the soliloquy in which Macbeth … Continue reading

July 23, 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

News from the Avenue — Mary Poppins Visits Walnut

Making Shakespeare more Philadelphian by substituting the Avenue of the Arts for the Rialto, “News from the Avenue” will be a regularly updated page that reports matters of interest about … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Broadway Roundup — After Midnight, Macbeth, Richard III, Waiting for Godot, Etc.

So far this Broadway season has been the year of the bravura performance.        Repertory has been responsible for some of that. Bona fide stalwarts Mark Rylance, Patrick Stewart, and … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

Macbeth — Hedgerow Theatre

Hedgerow Theatre’s spare, straightforward production of “Macbeth” requires some thought. Director Dan Hodge has cut Shakespeare’s play, elided characters, and imposed some unique interpretations, including one that would answer a … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · Leave a comment
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