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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

Unnecessary Farce — Act II Playhouse

Silly, unpolished mayhem appears to be sum of “Unnecessary Farce,” the aptly named crime comedy at Act II Playhouse. When Anthony Lawton and Karen Peakes begin the show as two … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mark Twain Unplugged — Act II Playhouse

Tom Teti’s scholarship impresses. The actor has not only done research to write a script that assigns him the laudable part of America’s finest humorist, Mark Twain, but he has … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon — People’s Light

Watching Christopher Patrick Mullen laboring back and forth across the People’s Light stage wrestling with a dragon’s tail sets up the farcical silliness of Michael Ogborn’s latest panto, “Arthur and … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pride and Prejudice — People’s Light & Theatre Company

A handsome parquet floor, composed of large, polished planks that form an interweaving diamond pattern, a simple but tasteful brass chandelier, and well-judged sprinklings of Regency furniture make a favorable … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cinderella: A Musical Panto — People’s Light & Theatre Company

 Pantos are tricky. They have to contain enough slapstick, simplicity, and story familiarity to entertain children while being arch enough, and often topical enough, to amuse adults.          “Cinderella: A … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

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