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Antony and Cleopatra — McCarter Theatre

In spite of some judicious editing, and the elision of characters, Emily Mann’s production of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” proceeds slowly and cumbersomely at McCarter Theatre. Opulent though the production … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Marriage of Figaro — McCarter Theatre

The last half hour of Stephen Wadsworth’s production of “The Marriage of Figaro” at McCarter Theatre is among the most exciting, moving, and galvanizing sequences of theater I’ve ever seen. … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Barber of Seville — McCarter Theatre

Stephen Wadsworth is a master of style. As opposed to being naturalistic, he heightens gestures, facial expressions, poses, and the physical timing of the characters in plays he directs, such … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — Be On the Lookout!

Ambition is most certainly on the hoof.       Interesting things are cooking at some of the Philadelphia area’s smaller theaters, rarely done Schiller and O’Neill classics for example. Meanwhile, plans … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fences — McCarter Theatre

Troy Maxon knows a lot about fences. As a baseball player, he swung for them, successfully, hitting more than his share of home runs for the Pittsburgh Grays of the … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

The White Snake — McCarter Theatre

In “The White Snake,” director Mary Zimmerman continues her gift for finding sweetness and drama in the myths and folklore of cultures long enough established to provide her plenty of … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

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