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Audience Review: MOVE OVER, MRS. MARKHAM at Footlighters

Reviews February 8, 2017 at 7:30 am 0 comments

British farce, MOVE OVER, MRS. MARKHAM sails along beautifully thanks to a talented cast who know how to deliver an ensemble piece. Director Roseann McGrath Brooks has done an outstanding job of matching the actors to their roles and they have repaid her with a lovable, laugh inducing success. The […]

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Audience Review: REEFER MADNESS at Players Club of Swarthmore

Reviews February 8, 2017 at 7:23 am 0 comments

Beware! This cautionary tale of Jimmy, a fine young man undone by the insidious devil’s weed is addictive! You may find yourself, completely engaged, humming along, and yes, even toe-tapping. There is no remedy! See the REEFER MADNESS musical even one time and you’ll be hooked! From the start, the […]

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Audience Review: EXTREMITIES at SPOTLIGHT THEATER

Reviews January 27, 2017 at 9:23 am 0 comments

Outstanding performances make the unpalatable subject of rape and revenge compelling. Jess Stinson anchors the play with her strong, emotional portrayal of Marjorie, a woman who is, perhaps, more threatening than threatened when power changes hands. A menacing and manipulative Raul (Stephen Travers) launches Marjorie’s hellish day the moment he […]

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Audience Review: MELANCHOLY PLAY at Old Academy

Reviews January 27, 2017 at 9:15 am 0 comments

The poetry of MELANCHOLY PLAY is present even before the dialogue begins. The set is its own character, suggestive of deep water, and shifting moods. Although the shape never changes, it has a fluidity that allows that actors to slip in and out smoothly, temporarily containing them like liquid in […]

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AUDIENCE REVIEW: Breezy and Fun ENTER LAUGHING at Players Club

Reviews January 13, 2017 at 5:27 pm 0 comments

Players Club of Swarthmore’s ENTER LAUGHING is a valentine to theater and those who love it. This show is a wonderful way to dive into another year of enjoying fine stage performances. When we first meet the characters, David Kolowitz (a commanding Mike Sokolowski) is holding down an uninspiring job […]

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AUDIENCE REVIEW: Spotlight Theatre Offers Classic THE MIRACLE WORKER

Reviews December 5, 2016 at 6:26 pm 0 comments

Director Jess Bye Stinson has taken the classic story of ‘unreachable’ Helen Keller and her determined teacher Annie Sullivan and given us a gem of a production which opened last night. When a play relies heavily on a child’s performance, the results can be unpredictable. Young Kayla Treplica is the […]

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AUDIENCE REVIEW: Road Company’s MARY POPPINS Practically Perfect in Every Way!

Reviews November 25, 2016 at 4:43 pm 0 comments

After the last few weeks of disappointment, doom and gloom, anxiety about our future, we could all use a break! And the perfect remedy is MARY POPPINS! The Grand Theater in Williamstown opened their newest production Thursday night and it was a wonderful, happy, music-filled delight. Amy Sprouse and C […]

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OF MICE AND MEN: Emotional Tale of Friendship, Dreams, and Reality at Bridge Players Theatre Company

Reviews May 6, 2016 at 8:15 am 0 comments

OF MICE AND MEN – An emotional tale of friendship, dreams, and reality brought to life at Bridge Players Theatre Company this weekend. OF MICE AND MEN was an experimental novella written by John Steinbeck in 1937 and is drawn from the writer’s own experiences in the 1920’s as a […]

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ANYTHING GOES at Footlighters

Reviews April 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm 0 comments

Last Saturday evening I was treated to a delightful presentation of the Cole Porter musical, ANYTHING GOES. The show sparkled from start to finish as director Tony Filipone and producer Phyllis Bastarache created a worthy successor to blockbusters JEKYLL AND HYDE and SWEENEY TODD. The set was beautifully done and […]

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Celebrating the Dys-FUN-ctional American Family: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Footlighters Theater

Reviews September 26, 2015 at 9:48 am 0 comments

Wow. And I thought my family was dysfunctional! If you would like to peek into someone else’s troubles and put your own family idiocyncracies into perspective, don’t wait to join the fun with the very funny family of VANYA and SONIA and MASHA and SPIKE now residing at Footlighters Theater […]

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Farcical Fun at Footlighters in Berwyn: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

Reviews September 26, 2015 at 9:57 am 0 comments

My husband and I attended the opening night performance in Berwyn PA of The Footlighter Theatre’s production of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. This Tony Award winning comedy/farce is great fun! The situation of a domineering sister and family issues makes a great groundwork for interesting characterizations. Here […]

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GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT Rocks Wilmo’s World at City Theater Company

Around the Region, Reviews April 16, 2015 at 12:40 pm 0 comments

By Ken Grant Question: What do you do when you have the equivalent of 20 megatons of highly explosive talent in the form of more than a dozen actor/singer/dancers and a full band with string section to fit onto a stage that’s only big enough to handle a fraction of […]

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JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK at Resident Ensemble Players

Around the Region, Reviews March 15, 2015 at 10:34 am 0 comments

The working class tenements of Dublin, Ireland during the Irish Civil War period are not uplifting or contemplative places to set a theatrical production. Sean O’Casey set his Dublin trilogy of working class plays there, and The REP took a large gamble by including in their current season the piece […]

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White Star Line Earns Gold Star at Barley Sheaf: TITANIC: THE MUSICAL

Around the Region, Reviews March 15, 2015 at 10:18 am 0 comments

I was honored to have the opportunity to review one of the most magnificent productions of the well-renowned TITANIC: THE MUSICAL, produced by the Barley Sheaf Players. I thought it appropriate to give Keith the night off and bring my sister, Linda Clark, who has been a Titanic Historian since she […]

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Spring Forward With UNNECESSARY FARCE At Act II

Professional Theatre, Reviews March 15, 2015 at 9:20 am 0 comments

“Two Cops. Three Crooks. Eight Doors. One Killer in a Kilt.” Ambler’s Act II Playhouse is bringing much needed laughs to their audiences with a springy production of Paul Slade Smith’s UNNECESSARY FARCE. It’s directed by David Bradley and runs in their Butler Avenue theatre from now through March 29. […]

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Bootless Stageworks’ BUG Just Might Get Under Your Skin

Around the Region, Reviews March 8, 2015 at 10:53 am 0 comments

One thing’s for sure, Bootless Stageworks can never be accused of performing standard theatre fare. This plucky company has carved out quite a niche for themselves over the years and is now carving out a permanent home as well. And while their performance space is still mid-renovation it actually provides […]

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Don’t Miss BUS STOP at Old Academy Players

Around the Region, Reviews March 15, 2015 at 9:45 am 0 comments

Old Academy Players is currently presenting BUS STOP, the story of an unusual usual night in a small town, when travelers are thrown together to wait out a storm in a small diner. The characters create a series of small storms of their own while waiting. Many recall the classic […]

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A MURDER HAS BEEN ARRANGED: Ghost Story at Hedgerow to Warm up Winter

Professional Theatre, Reviews February 25, 2015 at 7:55 pm 0 comments

Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley adds to the chill of this cold winter with a production of Emlyn Williams’ 1930 ghost story, A MURDER HAS BEEN ARRANGED. Directed by former Hedgerow Fellow (and frequent Guest Artist) Sarah J. Gafgen, this spine-tingler runs from February 19th to March 29th, 2015. Williams […]

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Curio’s OTHELLO: Loving “Not Wisely, But Too Well”

Professional Theatre, Reviews February 27, 2015 at 4:54 pm 0 comments

West Philly’s Curio Theatre Company starts off 2015 with a production of Shakespeare’s OTHELLO. Presented on their intimate “Corner Stage” on the lower level of the Calvary Center, the production is directed by Dan Hodge and runs through March 14. OTHELLO was written in approximately 1603; the story revolves around four central […]

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Lights, Camera, FROST/NIXON

Around the Region, Reviews February 21, 2015 at 10:04 am 0 comments

FROST/NIXON at The Players Club of Swarthmore, as directed by Bridget Dougherty, is a splendid production. Peter Morgan’s 2006 play is an adaptation of the true story of a series of TV interviews that occurred in 1977 between British talk show host / aspiring journalist, David Frost, and the then-resigned […]

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