NealsPaper

All Things Entertaining and Cultural

The Rape of Lucrece — Wilma and Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Wilma

Originally posted on NealsPaper:
Dan Hodge has joined some estimable company. His stirringly moving recitation of Shakespeare’s poem, “The Rape of Lucrece” is a bona fide piece of theater that…

April 11, 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

The Body of an American — Wilma Theater

Throughout Dan O’Brien’s play, “The Body of an American,” a writer, called Dan because he is the stage alter ego for Dan O’Brien, talks to a character representing Toronto Star … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq — Wilma Theater

In a folk song from the 1960s, Buffy Sainte Marie writes about “The Universal Soldier,” a man who transcends time, religion, nationality, ideology, and physical features to represent willing warriors … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

Cherokee — Wilma Theater

The first act of “Cherokee,” Lisa D’Amour’s comedy in its world premiere at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, involves a mystery.       The bigger and lasting mystery is why D’Amour wrote a first … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Convert — Wilma Theater

The first act of Danai Gurira’s “The Convert” is positively Shakespearean.       Conflict is immediate and palpable. Quickly developed characters confront situations that are at once tenuous and potentially life-changing. … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Follow me on Twitter