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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

#TheRevolution — InterAct Theatre at the Drake

Kristoffer Diaz has an active, agile mind. In his play “#TheRevolution,” he perceives much about human nature, mob rule, and the potential reach of social media. “#TheRevolution” is full of … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Animal Farm — Luna Theater

Compact though “Animal Farm” is, George Orwell’s cautionary tale about totalitarianism, the imposing of rigid doctrine or ideology over physical and mental independence, the worminess of populist leadership, and the … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bitter Homes and Gardens — Bearded Ladies Cabaret at PHS Pop-Up Gardens

The corn cob headdress Mary Tuomanen peeks through as she plays an indestructible GMO ear of corn acting as the emcee of pro-green cabaret, and the onion peel dome that … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits — Act II Playhouse

To someone who has been seeing Broadway fare since Roscius was an actor in Rome, Gerard Alessandrini is as valued a being as Stephen Sondheim or Fred Ebb. For more than 30 … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ritu Comes Home — InterAct Theatre at the Adrienne

Peter Gil-Sheridan was generous to himself when he conceived “Ritu Comes Home.” His play, having its world premiere production at InterAct Theatre,  is endowed with a rich sitcom premise in … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — Walnut Street Theatre

 Casey Hushion favors the fast and peppy. Her production of “Nerds” for Philadelphia Theatre Company benefited from non-stop movement, a breathless pace, and a sense of constant urgency that enhanced … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar Boyz — 11th Hour at Arts Bank

Samuel Antonio Reyes does not appear on stage in 11th Hour Theatre’s production of “Altar Boyz,” but he is the unquestionable star of the show. Reyes is the choreographer for … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

This Is the Week That Is — 1812 Productions at Plays & Players

Realizing that a $2.5 million fine may be chump change, or something akin to minimum wage for disgraced billionaire Donald Sterling, the cast of “This Is the Week That Is,” … Continue reading

May 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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