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Lightning Flashes — I Will Not Go Gently; Krissy Fraelich; Macbeth

OK, so short form is not my metier. Not so much writer’s block — Find me speechless, and look for a murderer. — as needing a vacation from the keyboard … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Richard III — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Shakespeare offers directors and performers multiple avenues by which to craft a production of his works. Concentration could be on a character, parallel patterns, or a theme. Samantha Reading leans … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Death of a Salesman — Curio Theatre

Paul Kuhn’s touching, everyman portrayal of American theater icon Willy Loman would be enough to recommend Curio’s unceasingly perceptive and moving production of Arthur Miller’s modern classic. Kuhn, whether in … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Villanova Theatre at Vasey Theatre

Although passages are cut and the story is framed to be a close comparison of the men who might rule Scotland in James J. Christy’s production of “Macbeth” at Villanova … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Antigone — Wilma Theater

Call me Philistine. The pity of Theodoros Terzopoulos’s production of “Antigone” for Wilma Theater is so much effort, exactitude, and fine execution have gone into this handsome, ritualistic staging only … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hamlet — Wilma Theater

For years, I have collected “Hamlets,” going hither and yon to see any production I could find. By now, I’ve seen more than 100 renditions of Shakespeare’s story about the … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Arden Theatre

Ian Merrill Peakes’s Macbeth at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre shows less ambition than dissatisfaction. Nothing is ever good enough for him. He can’t be content with what he has. When Banquo … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Othello — Curio Theatre Company

Call it Iago. Dan Hodge’s production of “Othello” for Curio Theatre centers so much on Shakespeare’s exponentially duplicitous villain, and Brian McCann’s performance of Iago takes such dominant focus, the … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hamlet — Hedgerow Theatre

Jared Reed has a way of reading soliloquies that brings you immediately into Hamlet’s thought processes. Reed, playing the role at Hedgerow Theatre, is a Hamlet you could never construe … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 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
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