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A Life in the Theatre — Walnut Independence on 3

One thing you learn, with some fascination, as you watch the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre” is how incredibly agile actor Davy Raphaely … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mary Poppins — Walnut Street Theatre

Although Lindsey Bliven, playing the title role, rouses the Walnut Street Theatre audience in burgeoning numbers such as “Anything Can Happen” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” the highlights of Wayne Bryan’s staging of … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — Walnut Street Theatre

 Casey Hushion favors the fast and peppy. Her production of “Nerds” for Philadelphia Theatre Company benefited from non-stop movement, a breathless pace, and a sense of constant urgency that enhanced … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change — Walnut Studio on 3

Far from contempt, familiarity breeds enjoyment in Christopher Sutton’s smart, adult approach to the 19 sketches comprised in the Walnut Independence Studio production of the widely-produced “I Love You, You’re … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Ellie Mooney has the mimic’s knack of catching the essence, the signature sound of a vocalist, and projecting it in a way that goes beyond imitation or impersonation to homage. … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beautiful Boy — Walnut Street Theatre — Independence Studio on 3

 “Beautiful Boy” is a rare current example of the well-made play. It’s straightforward, new scenes build on previous scenes, and its characters are clearly drawn and speak concisely. It has … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Other Desert Cities — Walnut Street Theatre

 Elephants of several sizes lurk around the handsome, perfectly appointed living room Todd Edward Ivins designed for the Walnut Street Theatre’s equally stylish production of Jon Robin Baitz’s 2011 play, … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — Latin Flavor Prevalent in January

ARDEN CASTS HUDES PLAY        The second installment of Central High graduate Quiara Alegria Hudes’s Elliot Trilogy, “Water by the Spoonful”  runs from January 16 to March 16 at … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

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