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Shipwrecked! — Walnut Independence on 3

Greg Wood practically bounds on stage, the enthusiasm of his “Shipwrecked!” character, Louis de Rougemont, being so great, he can barely wait to tell his stories about 30 years of … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

High Society — Walnut Street Theatre

The Walnut Street Theatre production of “High Society” is a curiosity in two distinct and separate ways, one having to do with its performances, the other regarding Arthur Kopit’s unnecessary … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Exit the King — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium at Walnut 3

Mortality motivates me. The way death affects life interests me so much, I attend, when possible, a monthly group discussion called The Death CafĂ© in Center City Philadelphia. It’s not … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Memphis — Walnut Street Theatre

“Memphis” lives for, and on, its production numbers. While the 2010 Tony-winning musical brims with story, its plot, by Joe DiPietro, alternates racially charged scenes involving prejudice, segregation, and even … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

I Love a Piano — Walnut Independence Theatre on 3

In my sophomore year of high school, when all classes were mixed in one giant gym class, I was brought out to the blacktop with juniors, seniors, and my 10th … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Liberace! — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Here’s a question. Does any well-known entertainer make a grand living today by primarily playing the piano in 1,000-seat nightclubs or on television? The answer is no. Just as no … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

And Then There Were None — Walnut Street Theatre

Eight people, strangers to each other, are invited to spend the weekend at a British country estate situated on an island and only reachable by boat, a ferry that comes … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Collected Stories — Isis Productions at Walnut 5

Writers tell stories. Even as a theater reviewer, when prose is secondary to description and considered opinion, I try to make each critique a story, to give the person who … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mickle Street — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

When he was a boy, Oscar Wilde’s mother read him verse from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” a landmark collection that was published in 1855, the year after Wilde was born. … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Private Lives — Walnut Street Theatre

Kathleen Wallace slides into Noel Coward bons mots with a delicious subtlety that contrasts well with her nimbly gymnastic and diabolically satirical takeoff on Merce Cunningham-Martha Graham modernism when a … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

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