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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

Dracula — Hedgerow Theatre

How wonderful to attend a classic play that could be done as a “39 Steps-like” comedy and see it taken seriously! In addition to praising Hedgerow and director Dan Hodge … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hound of the Baskervilles — Lantern Theater

Lantern is doing two shows at once. Its current production of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” suggests it’s presenting a version of the mystery Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to reintroduce … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Murder for Two — Philadelphia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Kyle Branzel’s V-neck must weigh seven pounds by the time he’s finished playing a dozen or so characters, including three ice cream filching Cub Scouts, in the breakneck musical, “Murder … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Underneath the Lintel — Hedgerow Theatre

“Underneath the Lintel” is one of the funniest and most entertaining of all shaggy dog stories. In it, a bureaucrat who has rarely left his hometown of Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

And Then There Were None — Walnut Street Theatre

Eight people, strangers to each other, are invited to spend the weekend at a British country estate situated on an island and only reachable by boat, a ferry that comes … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baskerville — McCarter Theatre

Patrick Barlow turned to movies and the master of cinematic suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, when he formulated his humorous romp of a thriller, “The 39 Steps,” a current staple in regional … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Murder Has Been Arranged — Hedgerow Theatre

Mystery needs mood. It requires suspense. Most of all, it needs an audience to care about whether a perpetrator is foiled or not. “A Murder Has Been Arranged” is a … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

The 39 Steps — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Intense mystery and low comedy have been combining in Patrick Barlow’s stage version of “The 39 Steps” since Maria Aitken staged John Buchan’s cleverly plotted spy thriller in London in … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church — ActorsNET

In Pennington Gap, Virginia,  the cognate to being in the Junior League or Jaycees is to be a member of a church’s charitable sisterhood. These are select groups that don’t … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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