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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

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

Billy Elliot — Media Theatre

SHORT ‘BILLY ELLIOT’ UPDATE: It’s always gratifying for a critic to see that his opinions hold during a second viewing of a production. That said, two points needs to beĀ  … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ruth, Billy, Nativity, Ralphie, Free Man, Matilda, Mrs. Wilson, Musketeers, Lintel

BECOMING DR. RUTH — Walnut Independence on 3, Philadelphia, through December 27 — Jane Ridley is consistently engaging in Mark St. Germain’s chatty, informative solo play about Karola Siegel who … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · 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

Hello, Dolly! __ Media Theatre

I call it Liza Minnelli Syndrome. It occurs when you get an immediately warm and receptive reaction the minute a performer appears on stage. I have it with Rosemary Harris, … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a 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

The Miracle Worker — Media Theatre

“The Miracle Worker” presents a great challenge for the young actress charged with playing an unruly Helen Keller. She must convey intelligence, and even guile, while being a wild, restless … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

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