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A Bard Birthday Present — Julius Caesar –Quintessence Theatre at Sedgwick

Alexander Burns is a scholarly lad, and with the right kind of audacity. Summoning his acquired knowledge of classic and contemporary literature, he enlisted 20th century poet John Masefield (He … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · 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

Local Girls — Azuka Theatre at the Drake

Mary Tuomanen is racking up a number of distinctions this season. And particularly in 2016. The most fleeting is being the lead in every show that’s appeared so far on … Continue reading

March 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

#TheRevolution — InterAct Theatre at the Drake

Kristoffer Diaz has an active, agile mind. In his play “#TheRevolution,” he perceives much about human nature, mob rule, and the potential reach of social media. “#TheRevolution” is full of … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bitter Homes and Gardens — Bearded Ladies Cabaret at PHS Pop-Up Gardens

The corn cob headdress Mary Tuomanen peeks through as she plays an indestructible GMO ear of corn acting as the emcee of pro-green cabaret, and the onion peel dome that … Continue reading

July 17, 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

Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon — People’s Light

Watching Christopher Patrick Mullen laboring back and forth across the People’s Light stage wrestling with a dragon’s tail sets up the farcical silliness of Michael Ogborn’s latest panto, “Arthur and … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Three Sisters — Arden Theatre

Initial signs of the Arden production of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” are ominous. You enter the theater, and the first thing you see is a replica of a rehearsal hall, a … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

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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