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Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray) — Philadelphia Theatre Co. at Suzanne Roberts

Before launching into a generally favorable review of Kimber Lee’s sensitive and moving play, “Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray),” I need to admit a pet peeve and explain the law … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mothers and Sons — Philadelphia Theatre Co. at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Time, times, and generations provide separate perspectives on a number of subjects in Terrence McNally’s play, “Mothers and Sons.” Katharine Gerard , nearing 70, if not there, and widowed, takes … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Always…Patsy Cline — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Jessica Wagner is downright astounding in the authenticity she brings to Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of “Always…Patsy Cline.” Wagner is so good, we know immediately why Louise, a Houston woman … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Outside Mullingar — Philadelphia Theatre Co. at Suzanne Roberts

“Outside Mullingar” is a roundabout love story that is tinged with Irish loquaciousness, humor, and frankness that keeps you listening and, sporadically, laughing until John Patrick Shanley deigns to bend the … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Detroit — Philadephia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

The difference between Gina Gionfriddo, whose “Rapture, Blister, Burn” is searing the stage at the Wilma Theater, and Lisa D’Amour, whose “Detroit” is fouling the boards for Philadelphia Theatre Company, … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Unconstitutional — Philadelphia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Colin Quinn is for abortion, for guns, for gay marriage, and for the death penalty. Besides crossing entrenched party lines to put some common sense into politics, Quinn says his … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — Dreams Thrive at Paul Robeson

It was one of those “Eureka!” moments.        Choreographer David Pershica and Philadelphia Theatre Company education director Maureen Sweeney were sitting in Sweeney’s office to discuss the winding down of … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike — Philadelphia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Christopher Durang is a master gagster who is not afraid to let his education or cultural leanings show is his many comedies, most of which spoof some aspect of modern … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — Update on Casting

GONGLEWSKI IS MASHA FOR PHILADELPHIA THEATRE COMPANY        Grace Gonglewski, a leading lady on local stages for more than 25 years, is cast as the movie star, Masha, who comes … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tribes — Philadelphia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

 Communication is constant in the London home Christopher and Beth share with their three children. If members of the family are not involved in some raucous, competitive conversation, computers or … Continue reading

February 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

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