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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

Two More from ’18 — Next to Normal and Passing Strange

NEXT TO NORMAL, Media Theatre, through February 25 — Krissy Fraelich’s riveting central performance blends with the perfection of Geoffrey Goldberg’s direction to make this production not only powerful and … Continue reading

March 22, 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

2016 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Recipients

The level of theatrical production in the Philadelphia area is so fine, choosing recipients for an annual award was a challenge in all but the Best Supporting Actress category, and … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Christmas: in Story, in Panto, and in Wales; and Found

A line that sticks with me from vintage television echoes through my head today, “Chatsworth, you’re a lazy boy.” Well, not so much lazy and busy and tired while adjusting … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · 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

1776 — Media Theatre

1776, Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media, Pa. through Sunday, May 22 — Strong performances, especially by Luke Brahdt and Bob Stineman as two Continental Congress representatives that are … Continue reading

April 29, 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
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