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Christmas: in Story, in Panto, and in Wales; and Found

A line that sticks with me from vintage television echoes through my head today, “Chatsworth, you’re a lazy boy.” Well, not so much lazy and busy and tired while adjusting … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rizzo — Theatre Exile at Christ Church Neighborhood House

Frank Rizzo is such an indelible figure, 24 years is not enough time to erase his image or the force of his personality from the people who followed his exploits … Continue reading

November 2, 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

To the Moon — 1812 Productions at Christ Church Neighborhood House

Interweaving biography, especially of someone who has an indelible image and millions of extant fans, with a fictional work that borrows from the famous person’s oeuvre but is unique enough … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Whale — Theatre Exile

Charlie has been systematically destroying himself for a decade. That’s how long it’s been since Charlie’s partner, Alan, died, also perhaps of self-neglect, or at least a stoic nod to … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

What a difference a season makes! Last spring, 1812 Productions moved its annual “This Is The Week That Is” from the holiday slot to April.  The show had zing to … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

La Bête — Arden Theatre

All begins well with Emmanuelle Delpech’s production of “La Bête” at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre. That is if you don’t count the gratuitously bizarre antics of Amanda Schoonover as Dorine, the … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Two Gentlemen of Verona — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

“The Two Gentlemen of Verona” is Shakespeare in embryo. You see history’s most talented and perceptive psychologist at work as he dissects elements of love, friendship, betrayal, and redemption. You … Continue reading

June 28, 2014

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

Three Sisters — Arden Theatre

Initial signs of the Arden production of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” are ominous. You enter the theater, and the first thing you see is a replica of a rehearsal hall, a … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 2 Comments
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