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The Taming of the Shrew — Delaware Shakespeare Festival in Rockwood Park

Bucolic Rockwood Park, with its greenery, meadows, and mansion on the hill, provides the perfect setting for a show set in sunny Italy but costumed by Kayla Speedy to suggest … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rest, In Pieces — Delaware Theatre Company

Steve Bluestein must have been bitten by what I call the Harvey Spiegelgass bug. Harvey Spiegelgass does not exist. He is an amalgam of playwrights like Harvey Perr, Leonard Spiegelgass, … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Love Letters — Delaware Theatre Company

As I often say with fondness, there’s no pro like an old pro. By “old,” I am not referring to age as much as to experience and seasoning that gives … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Million Dollar Quartet — National Tour — DuPont Theatre

 December 4, 1956 is a significant date in rock and roll history. On that single occasion, four performers who received their first encouragement and recorded their first tunes on Sam … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ain’t Misbehavin’ — Delaware Theatre Company

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” began an era of shows built around one songwriter, singer, or artist by taking a man’s music, Fats Waller’s, and using it as the basis for a smart, … Continue reading

April 12, 2014

The Exonerated — Delaware Theatre Company

When Ryan Ferguson was released from a Missouri prison in November after spending almost 10 years locked up for a murder he did not commit and for which there was … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Story of My Life — Delaware Theatre Company

 The Delaware Theatre Company production of “The Story of My Life” proves how potently polished theater can triumph over facile and sentimental literature.      Individually, and as a team, Ben … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

West Side Story — National Tour — DuPont Theatre

 Some ’50s touches, like the constant use of the term, “buddy boy” and other hip lingo that may have been neat or cool when “West Side Story” was new in … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · 3 Comments

Lend Me a Tenor — Delaware Theatre Company

“Lend Me a Tenor” is so well crafted, every line, plot twist, and gimmick is an invitation to laugh.      Employing everything from confusing twin Othellos to rapidly spoiling shrimp … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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