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Tomfoolery — ACT II Playhouse

TOMFOOLERY, Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Avenue, in Ambler, Pa., through Sunday, April 2 — Tom Lehrer is the smartest, most devilish, most perceptive, and most funny of the … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Electile Dysfunction — Act II Playhouse

       Smart is different from sharp. “Electile Dysfunction,” the satirical revue Tony Braithwaite concocted with Will Dennis and Tracie Higgins for Act II Playhouse, is not the most incisive in … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

On the Road Again — Act II Playhouse

“On the Road Again” is like a busman’s holiday. Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs have and provide such fun, all critical faculties can be suspended as I enjoy a smart, … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Closer Than Ever — Mazeppa Productions at Christ Church Neighborhood House

The proof that David Shire writes catchy tunes is my total inability, or desire, to get several of them out of my head since I heard them almost a week … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

I Love a Piano — Walnut Independence Theatre on 3

In my sophomore year of high school, when all classes were mixed in one giant gym class, I was brought out to the blacktop with juniors, seniors, and my 10th … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Plaid Tidings — Bucks County Playhouse

“The Godfather, Part 2” and the last entries in the Harry Potter series aside, my long-standing opinion is sequels are generally not as sharp as originals for one of two … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ain’t Misbehavin’ — Bucks County Playhouse

Zest and gaiety are so engrained in Fats Waller’s tunes, a show like “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” that features a collection of Waller composition, automatically comes packed with lively jazz and sassy … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Calamari Sisters — Born on a Sofa on Fire Island

This is a reprint of an interview I did with Dan Lavender, one of the three “fathers” of “The Calamari Sisters,” that I wrote in 2012 when it appeared in … Continue reading

August 1, 2014

Ain’t Misbehavin’ — Delaware Theatre Company

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” began an era of shows built around one songwriter, singer, or artist by taking a man’s music, Fats Waller’s, and using it as the basis for a smart, … Continue reading

April 12, 2014

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