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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

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

Capsules Galore — Birds, Disgraced, Mountaintop, Notes on a Native Son

The first two months of Philadelphia’s 2016-17 theater season have been extraordinary., Not only was much of quality presented, but variety and creativity have soared. Almost every night in the … Continue reading

October 22, 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

Richard III — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Shakespeare offers directors and performers multiple avenues by which to craft a production of his works. Concentration could be on a character, parallel patterns, or a theme. Samantha Reading leans … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sense and Sensibility — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan have proven with two productions they have a surefire bead on adapting Jane Austen novels for the stage. As writers, they find the wit and … Continue reading

March 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Auctioning the Ainsleys — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Laura Schellhardt’s quirky comedy, about a quirky, insular family of five taking stock of their individual histories, talents, and character traits before moving, per force, to the next phase of … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

All My Sons — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Seeing a naturalistic play by one of the masters of the form, Arthur Miller, with a cast and set that are as realistic and as authentically moving as the text, … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Stella and Lou — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Bruce Graham’s latest play, “Stella and Lou,” is the theatrical version of comfort food. Rather than aim for the gourmet, with fancy ingredients and a self-consciously splashy array of spices, … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Mother Has 4 Noses — People’s Light & Theatre Company

The title of Jonatha Brooke’s presentation with music, “My Mother Has 4 Noses,” is literal. Her mother, Darren Stone, a published poet, was a Christian Scientist. She developed cancer in … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment
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