Lila Achuff Articles by: Lila Achuff

Lila Achuff … parent, educator, choreographer, current owner of a growing cottage industry of homemade preserves and condiments (Lila’s Best). Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, most of Lila’s education has earned her degrees in education, counseling and psychology along with an earned doctorate in Urban Education from Temple University. Over the years she has choreographed, or assisted in choreographing, musical productions in schools and local theatre, including Longwood Gardens (South Pacific, 2005). Recent shows she was involved with were “Guys and Dolls” (ACT … Avon Grove Community Theatre), “Carousel” (Rose Valley Chorus) and “Meshuggah Nuns” (Chapel Street Theatre). Because of her relationship with theatre, this makes her well qualified to review upcoming shows for STAGE.

Madcap Fun in FOX ON THE FAIRWAY at Rainbow Dinner Theatre

Professional Theatre August 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm 0 comments

Calling all golfers with a huge sense of humor! If you take golfing all too seriously, pass. On the other hand, maybe you could use a few chuckles.  Now, if you enjoy laughing and eating good food, continue. If you just appreciate a good time (who doesn’t?), a pleasant ride to […]

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Too Late For KOPP’s Hot Air Balloon Ride Back To Kansas

Around the Region July 31, 2013 at 5:03 pm 1 comment

Yes, it’s too late for you to catch … (wait for it) … THE WIZARD OF OZ at the state-of-the-art Shannondell Performing Arts Theatre (King of Prussia Players) in Audubon, PA! Now you’ll have to settle for me raving about this adorable production I could easily call “The Land of […]

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Dare To Go INTO THE WOODS at the Wilmington Drama League!

Around the Region June 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm 1 comment

What do a cow, a cape, hair and a slipper have in common? A Stephen Sondheim fairy-tale musical, of course! Now put together the familiar stories of “Cinderella”, “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Rapunzel” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Now what? You got it! We have one whimsically clever, yet sophisticated, […]

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Allison Greet and Jeremy Wheeler in a scene from I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE at Barley Sheaf Players. (Photo credit: Brian Miller / Chorus Photography)

Barley Sheaf’s PERFECT, NOW CHANGE: Loved It, ‘Twas Perfect, Change Nothing!

Around the Region June 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm 0 comments

Did you know that I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE is the second longest running off-Broadway show? (The first? THE FANTASTICKS… I like to know these things.) Did you know that “off-Broadway” by definition encompasses seating from 100-499?  (Ditto) Did you know that PERFECT, NOW CHANGE is now playing […]

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Not The Usual Three Blind Mice in THE MOUSETRAP at WST

Around the Region January 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm 0 comments

This one’s for all you whodunit fans who especially have a love for the popular murder mysteries of England’s Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976). THE MOUSETRAP (originally named “Three Blind Mice”) is the “world’s longest running play” which currently still can be seen in London. No need to board a plane […]

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The Dark Side of Women in VITAL SIGNS at Barley Sheaf

Around the Region January 23, 2012 at 9:57 am 3 comments

Please don’t let the word “dark” put you off from seeing this series of 28 very short monologues presented by 14 extremely talented women who love to act, seem so comfortable onstage and it shows! There is no connection between the episodic events they’re portraying and I would be remiss […]

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Magnificent KING AND I at Walnut Street Theatre

Around the Region November 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm 0 comments

Well, it just never gets old, does it? I’m writing about Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I at the Walnut Street Theatre in its 203rd season. It’s simply enchanting! Remember songs like “Hello Young Lovers” and “Getting to Know You”? In this timeless family musical, directed to perfection and […]

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NOISES OFF at Strath Haven High: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad House!

Around the Region November 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm 0 comments

OK, guys and gals, moms and dads, kids, I know it’s not savvy to make dates at the last minute (you know what I mean … be polite and all that) … but you have my personal permission (yes, redundant) to hurry up and get that date going NOW to […]

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PASSING STRANGE is Hot!

Around the Region October 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm 1 comment

Before you consider going to see Bootless Artworks’ production of PASSING STRANGE, I want you to take a moment to recall HAIR and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. You need to think sex and drugs and leave the kids at home. And probably your parents, too, depending on how old you all are. […]

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There’s No Lack of Heart in NCT’s DAMN YANKEES

Around the Region September 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm 2 comments

Calling all baseball fans! OK, Gang, what do you call a cast that’s super talented? First base! And when you have kicky, lively choreography? Second base! And enough energy to go around? Third base! Bunch ‘em up! What do we have? A home run! I’m not even into baseball, but […]

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There’s Hope for All (four) in REAL ESTATE

Around the Region July 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm 1 comment

Let’s see if you can relate to any of this … you’re a writer with writer’s block (It happens.) … everyone’s raggin’ on you (Can you stand it?) … you just want to stay in your pj’s (OK, you’re depressed.) … it’s time to unload the family home which is […]

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Inner Light Theatre’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is Lively and Charming

Around the Region June 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm 1 comment

The Inner Light Theatre’s production…amateur? If the Playbill says so, but there’s a shooting star or two in that there production. You want to miss that? I don’t think so. OK, so you’ve seen this show before…I did, too. More than once. However, this one is different. Chris Laning, the […]

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It’s All About Progress and Change in RAGTIME

Around the Region June 21, 2011 at 9:56 am 0 comments

If you’re trying to decide whether you should see RAGTIME this coming weekend at the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, DE, allow me to encourage you to think “YES”! Even though you might have seen it on Broadway about ten years ago, you have yet to enjoy this Delaware All-State Theatre […]

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MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA

Around the Region May 8, 2011 at 9:05 am 0 comments

Where have all the crooners gone?  Fortunately, if you can find your way to the Walnut Street Theatre, and I strongly suggest that you do, upstairs (Independence Studio on 3) in a cozy-ish intimate setting (sort of) you will be treated to the music and songs of one of the […]

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“SHE SAID”: THE FULL MONTY…Oh, THOSE Kinds of Buns!

Around the Region April 19, 2011 at 7:05 am 0 comments

Readers, I had way too much fun on opening night and it isn’t right that I should have it all without sharing. Give it up for one night of light entertainment just over the border between PA and DE at the New Candlelight (Dinner) Theatre in Arden, DE… remember I […]

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SHAKESPEARE IN THE TRAILER PARK…A Redneck Experience!

SHAKESPEARE IN THE TRAILER PARK…A Redneck Experience!

Around the Region April 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm 0 comments

Hear ye! Hear ye! Cometh to the Barnstormers in Ridley Park, PA to enjoyeth Shakespeare as never before-eth. OK, enough of that-eth … I had to do one more. Readers, this is truly different. (I’m still snickering.) If you don’t mind the words and soliloquies of Shakespeare being butchered in […]

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Happiness Is….YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

Around the Region April 3, 2011 at 11:48 am 0 comments

This is not going to be my usual review, Readers, but if you hurry up you could make a performance TODAY at 2:00PM at Penncrest High School in Media, PA. It would be a shame for you to miss this adorable group of young adolescents. Patrick Murphy, Director, a job […]

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HAIRSPRAY…Cab Calloway Would Be Proud!

HAIRSPRAY…Cab Calloway Would Be Proud!

Around the Region March 31, 2011 at 6:59 am 1 comment

Upbeat! Energetic! Joyful! Enthusiastic! Try to sit still through this one, Gang! If you’re not into a high-spirited, extremely talented group of young adolescents singin’ and dancin’ in this rockin’ musical comedy, come anyway! They’ll put a smile on your face! These students are truly comfortable on stage, but since […]

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MARY POPPINS…She’s Practically Perfect!

Around the Region March 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm 0 comments

HIGH ALERT! HIGH ALERT! Look what the wind is carrying in! MARY POPPINS! Well, blow me over…Just when I think I’ve seen the best musical, another comes along! How lucky can I get! Prepare yourself for a night of fun, laughter and tears…bring your imagination in hand as you delight […]

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THE 39 STEPS at WST: Lots of Shtick

Around the Region March 29, 2011 at 11:02 am 0 comments

OK! This is IT … a reason (Who needs that?) to go to the theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, that is, to “experience” THE 39 SHTEPS, er STEPS, just for FUN! No thinking necessary (unless you feel like it). William Roudebush, Director, you must have had a blast with this incredibly […]

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