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.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR – “Rock Opera” Comes to Narberth

Around the Region March 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm 0 comments

Really… oh, this isn’t going to be easy. Please know, before I get started, that I’m all about supporting local theatre. We’re not talking about expecting perfection here, but if “it” happens, we ought to consider ourselves very lucky. In other words, occasionally we get way more than what we […]

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Metaphorically Speaking, RABBIT HOLE Runs Deep

Around the Region March 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm 0 comments

If I inform you up front that this heart-wrenching drama, RABBIT HOLE, by David Lindsay-Abaire, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007, would that get your attention? It was nominated for several Tony awards in 2006 and won for Best Actress (Cynthia Nixon). How ‘bout that? Mr. Lindsay-Abaire’s adaptation […]

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Thespis, Etc. Presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s PRINCESS IDA (or Castle Adamant)

Around the Region March 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm 2 comments

OK, readers, I must admit (shamefully, sort of) that I’m not into operas, not even operettas, but I’m trying to be open to “it”. As I was sitting through (please note my choice of words here) this amateur production, it was with pride that at least I could understand what […]

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Hedgerow Offers Neil Simon’s Comedy, PLAZA SUITE, Still Relevant Today

Around the Region February 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm 0 comments

It’s fun and laughs at Neil Simon’s comedy, PLAZA SUITE at Hedgerow in Rose Valley, PA. I’m not sounding very convincing even to myself. This production, directed by Janet Kelsey, was done in two acts with there being no connection between the two acts other than they both take place […]

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SHE SAID: It’s the CATS Meow!

Around the Region February 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm 0 comments

Ready, Get Set, GO! NOW! He who hesitates… Trust me when I tell you… I’m going to begin gushing now… I can’t believe how fantastic this show, CATS, was/is at the New Candlelight Theatre in Ardentown, DE. If I were giving out grades (I am a veteran “retired” teacher), they’d […]

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Murder à la Pinball Machine, or DEATHTRAP!

Around the Region February 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm 0 comments

No need to concern yourself about dozing off during DEATHTRAP at The Players Club of Swarthmore because it ain’t gonna happen! In fact, if you’re sitting next to a stranger (or two), you might want to forewarn the individual(s) that you’re not responsible for your hands flying away from you […]

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The Woman Behind the Man: DEBORAH FRANKLIN

Around the Region February 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm 0 comments

  For one hour, and one hour only, we have the opportunity at Hedgerow to meet THE FIRST LADY OF PHILADELPHIA: DEBORAH FRANKLIN as she reminisces about her colonial life with her husband, Benjamin. However, while she is ruminating about all this, she is also living the hour in real […]

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“Let the Good Times Roll” with FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE!

Around the Region January 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm 0 comments

“Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” so pay attention, Gang! Do any of these songs sound familiar? “Caldonia”… “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”… “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”… “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby”… to name just a few of the more well-known ones in this musical […]

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THE FANTASTICKS is Fantastic! Trite but True …

Around the Region January 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm 0 comments

Oh, Baby! If you miss this production of THE FANTASTICKS at The Players Club of Swarthmore, you’ll be ever so sorry. Better yet, you have only seven chances to catch this production and, I promise you, you’ll thank me in the morning. Joseph P. Southard, Director, I’m thanking you now […]

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Church on Sunday …Cool? You Bet!

Around the Region December 21, 2010 at 9:11 pm 0 comments

On Sunday, December 12, I had the privilege and unforgettable experience of attending one of four sold out Christmas concerts presented over the weekend at the Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 10 West Pleasant Grove Road in West Chester, PA.  There was a waiting list of 100 people who were […]

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NUNCRACKERS, Nutcracker(s), What’s the Difference?

Around the Region December 20, 2010 at 6:56 am 0 comments

First of all, if you have to ask, you’ll never know.  But I’ll tell you anyway.  NUNCRACKERS The Nunsense Christmas Musical (book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin) is being performed in our neck of the woods at Hedgerow, America’s first repertory theatre (Rose Valley, PA near Media).  It is […]

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A CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND in Our Own Tri-State Area!

Around the Region December 13, 2010 at 6:49 am 0 comments

Isn’t it great at this time of year that there are so many happenings close to home where families have opportunities to be entertained and not have to bust the piggy bank to enjoy time together and have a chance to bond with one another?  Let me thank Michael Hartman […]

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Mix Romance, Comedy & Snow … What Do We Get? WHITE CHRISTMAS!

Around the Region November 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm 0 comments

How fortunate we are to have the Walnut Street Theatre begin its 202nd season with the nostalgic holiday musical, WHITE CHRISTMAS. We give credit for this classic, based on the 1954 film of the same name, to Irving Berlin for the music and lyrics and to David Ives and Paul […]

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THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF Makes for an Interesting Family Outing

Around the Region November 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm 2 comments

If you have an 8–12 year old somewhere within your range, you ought to consider treating him/her to a night at the theatre. In this case, it’s Celebration Theater at The Twentieth Century Club in Lansdowne, PA where THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF, directed by Geoffrey Berwind, is playing nightly […]

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13: THE MUSICAL for the Young at Heart

Around the Region October 30, 2010 at 11:11 pm 0 comments

Readers, you don’t have to be a teen or a tween to enjoy 13: THE MUSICAL, by Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish, a light, sweet story about the trials and tribulations of entering the 13th year of life, but it helps if you’re young at heart, have the sense […]

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He Said/She Said: Never a Dull Moment in THE PRODUCERS at PCS

Around the Region October 24, 2010 at 9:59 pm 0 comments

(She Said)… “Here I go again, I hear the trumpets blow again ….” Oops … wrong show! Remember that one? Me neither. (Cabin in the Sky, 1943) Guys and Gals, if you weren’t able to see Mel Brooks’ musical, THE PRODUCERS, on Broadway (2001 to 2007), directed and choreographed by […]

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High Praise for David O’Connor, Director of MURDER ON THE NILE at Hedgerow

Around the Region October 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm 0 comments

There are two things I’d like to share with you, readers, before I begin. One, my knowledge of Agatha Christie and her writings is very limited, I’m almost ashamed to say, or I’m simply forgetting what I’ve read or seen pertaining to her expansive literary career. Two, I haven’t been […]

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Chapel Street Players’ AMADEUS Is Pure Genius

Around the Region September 29, 2010 at 11:53 pm 0 comments

Before I even begin to discuss AMADEUS, by Peter Shaffer, this is what you ought to do for yourself ASAP… call 302.368.2248 at Chapel Street Players in Newark, DE and make reservations to see this play about which I can only gush endlessly. Only two more weekends left to see […]

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