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2018 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Recipients

Excellence, bred from assurance, has become a constant in Philadelphia theater. Gone, in particular, is the self-consciousness that plagued the early years when Philadelphia morphed from a touring town to … Continue reading

January 23, 2019 · 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

Breezing Impressions — Catching Up with a Vengeance

Frankly, my dears, I needed a break. My life is spent at a keyboard, and while I have enjoyed writing and adding my deux centimes since childhood, I had a … Continue reading

July 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pericles — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Fashionable though it has become to gush over experimentation and bask in “process,” my firm and decided preference is for the polished and finished. I don’t mind seeing a play … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Henry V — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

The more personal and intimate Matt Pfeiffer’s production of “Henry V” for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is, the better it is. Among Shakespeare’s history plays, “Henry V” always seems most to … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Foreigner — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Jim Helsinger is a generous director, and actor Jacob Dresch is a worthy recipient of his liberality and trust. Dresch proves this during a seemingly improvisational segment of Larry Shue’s … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Around the World in 80 Days — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

While at times muddying the action that is supposed to taking place or allowing zaniness to go a tad unbridled, director Russell Treyz grants enough quarter to cogent, cohesive storytelling … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Les Misérables — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Regional theater productions of the perennial Broadway staple, “Les Misérables,” have confirmed how durable Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer’s musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century epic is. … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Women of Will — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Book my trip to Lenox, Massachusetts. After seeing, and hearing, the magic Tina Packer can conjure using primarily language, movement, and attitude, I want to see anything theatrical in which … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · 1 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
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