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Bad Jews — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

When Joshua Harmon depicts “Bad Jews” in his play of that name, he’s not referring so much to the unobservant or irreverent Jew as to the Jew who qualifies as one “bad … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rapture, Blister, Burn — Wilma Theater

So many current playwrights would benefit from taking Gina Gionfriddo as their model. Not only does Gionfriddo deal with interesting themes that provoke thought and display a knowing and sane … Continue reading

October 19, 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

A Barrymore Profile

Excellence should be acknowledged. Award ceremonies and honors are not about competition. They’re about recognition. Every season, dozens of fine performances are seen on Philadelphia stages. Within those dozens, some … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fallen Angels — Villanova Theatre

A tone of tasteful sophistication is set the minute you enter Villanova’s Vasey Theatre and see the elegant deco furnishings designer, Paris Bradley, and director, Rev. David Cregan, have chosen … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Love Letters — Delaware Theatre Company

As I often say with fondness, there’s no pro like an old pro. By “old,” I am not referring to age as much as to experience and seasoning that gives … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fences — People’s Light & Theatre Company

August Wilson’s finest play, “Fences,” is set in the 1950s, one of the more fertile and groundbreaking decades of American theater. Kamilah Forbes’s production of “Fences” for People’s Light & … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nine to Five — Walnut Street Theatre

Sharp characterizations by Dee Hoty, Amy Bodnar, and Amanda Rose join with a fireworks explosion of a performance by Mary Martello to keep the Walnut Street Theatre production of Dolly Parton’s … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Communicating Doors — Hedgerow Theatre

Mystery and time travel supersede comedy in “Communicating Doors,” an absorbing thriller by Alan Ayckbourn, who provides a lot of suspense, several instances of danger, and much to occupy the … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Souvenir — Montgomery Theater

The souvenir referred to in the title of Stephen Temperley’s affectionate and funny play is a recording by Florence Foster Jenkins, an independently wealthy socialite who became a novelty in … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

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