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The Recipients — Helen and Morris Zoren Awards 2014-2015

A glorious season is celebrated by citing some of the best productions and performances seen during it. Awards are a round-up of sorts,. They compact cherished memories and give a … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Philadelphia Story: A Tourist in My Hometown

I am a traveler, and several factors make travel unlikely for the nonce. Yet I am lucky to live in a city, and region, with infinite variety. As much I … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Motown: The Musical — National Tour — Academy of Music

A familiar beat is struck recalling sounds that were favorites from my transistor-listening, records-in-the-basement youth. You hear a slight strain of the Martha and The Vandellas hit, “Dancing in the Street,” … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards 2014 — The Recipients Are…

In a year chocked with sterling performance, the combined names of two actors who turn out to be recipients of the 2014 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards sound positively Dickensian. Say … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Quills — Luna Theater

Words are often considered equivalent to sticks and stones in the minds of people who shrivel from other people’s thoughts or to the powerful or sensitive who would rather impose … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Henry V — Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Aaron Cromie specializes in giving plays kinetic motion. His productions always brim with life and, when possible, are set in an alternative time and place them offsets themes and often … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Syringa Tree — Theatre Horizon

In the yard of the gated Johannesburg property in which Elizabeth spends her childhood, the syringa tree, a South African variant of an orange tree, provides shade, something to climb, … Continue reading

November 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Great Expectations — Arden Theatre

The “story theater” approach Gale Childs Daly employs is effective in bringing Charles Dickens’s “Great Expectations” to life on the stage at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre. Director Matthew Decker is adept … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Row After Row — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Seven score and thirteen years ago, a relatively new nation, the United States, found itself divided over issues of states’  and human rights that centered primarily on the peculiar institution … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Detroit — Philadephia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

The difference between Gina Gionfriddo, whose “Rapture, Blister, Burn” is searing the stage at the Wilma Theater, and Lisa D’Amour, whose “Detroit” is fouling the boards for Philadelphia Theatre Company, … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment
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