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A Midsummer Night’s Dream — Arden Theatre

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street, in Philadelphia, through Sunday, April 9 — The lunatic, the lover, and the poet all seem to have in hand … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Theater Blitz — An Attack of Catch-Up Comments

As I mentioned in my last post, I needed a break from the keyboard. Apologies that shows that went uncovered, especially those that are about to receive belated favorable reviews, … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Doctor Faustus — Quintessence at Sedgwick Theatre

Watching Alexander Burns’s creative, engaging production of Christopher Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus,” I couldn’t help thinking how the learned German scholar squandered the 24 years of pleasure he was afforded by … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Quickies Again — Rumors (Bristol), Saint Joan (Quintessence)

RUMORS, Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, Pa., through Sunday, April 17 — Neil Simon knows how to structure a play and give characters tics and neuroses that individualize … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

More Quickies: Hans Brinker, Wonderful Life, This is the Week That Is

HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES, Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, through January 31 — I read at the age of two and, like most children, was attracted … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Mandrake — Quintessence Theatre Group at Sedgwick Theatre

Niccolo Machiavelli goes way past the already questionable conundrum about ends justifying means. In the Machiavellian universe, ends are everything. The means don’t have to be justified. They only have … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Romeo and Juliet — Quintessence Theatre Group at Sedgwick Theatre

Alexander Burns infuses the Quintessence stage with energy and romance via his bold, wise use of cinematic techniques in his brilliant and moving “Romeo and Juliet.” Early in Shakespeare’s play, … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Three Musketeers — Quintessence at Sedgwick Theatre

Ian Rose’s swordplay, Connor Hammond’s youthfully obtuse take on D’Artagnan, and horseplay of all kind, including some that looks as if it might break an actor’s back, contributed to keep … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Richard II — Quintessence Theatre Group

“Richard II” is a model for a history play. Although not as powerful or as varied as its natural sequel, “Henry IV,” “Richard” provides a platform through which Shakespeare supplies … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

As You Like It — Quintessence Theatre Group

Quintessence Theatre’s “As You Like It” has a Maytime playfulness about it that keeps it fresh and sprightly in its several scenes of comparative love, especially those that involve Rosalind … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment
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