Reviews

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Audience Review: BIRTH AND AFTER BIRTH at Players Club of Swarthmore

Reviews April 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm 0 comments

Nicky is turning 4 today! His parents are excited, overwhelmed, barely up to the task, and eager to thrust the joys of child rearing on their childless friends. Sound like the basis for a heartwarming domestic tale? Director George Mulford will quickly show you how difficult little ones can be. […]

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Audience Review: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS at Narberth Community Theater

Reviews March 31, 2017 at 2:56 pm 0 comments

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS takes its inspiration from The Princess and the Pea, adding in backstory, characters, and songs that result in a thoroughly enjoyable production. Director David Leavitt has done an excellent job of casting this show and showcasing each actor’s talents. Every singer was solid, and the choreography […]

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Audience Review: PACK OF LIES at The Drama Group

Reviews March 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm 0 comments

A play called PACK OF LIES and it’s a story about spies. The premise is set up right from the start, and explained further in the program – this is not a tale of intrigue and adventure so much as the personal impact it has on everyone involved. The magnitude […]

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Audience Review: GODSPELL at Footllighters

Reviews March 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm 0 comments

By the end of the evening, GODSPELL had the audience on its feet and cheering. Footlighters production is energetic, colorful, and inclusive. An ensemble production, each member of the cast is important, and the voices, both in a group and when heard individually, are strong. Director Melody Dougherty and Music […]

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Audience Review: THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES at Players Club of Swarthmore

Reviews March 31, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0 comments

Although THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES was written over 40 years ago, the absurdity is ageless. Director Ruth Wells Fischer has assembled a talented cast that makes the most of this unusual tale. Each one of the plot elements could support a play on its own, yet they are layered […]

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CLYBOURNE PARK at The Colonial Playhouse

Reviews March 17, 2017 at 8:34 am 0 comments

CLYBOURNE PARK, this year’s ‘hot’ play has opened at Colonial. With an excellent Bruce Norris script and plenty of weighty roles to go around, it is easy to see why this play is so popular. When presented by a strong cast, like the Colonial actors, this is a thoroughly engaging […]

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Audience Review: SOMETHING INTANGIBLE at Spotlight Theater

Reviews March 11, 2017 at 4:55 pm 0 comments

In the course of the play, Tony Wiston identifies “something intangible” as that elusive element that makes a creation work. The spark that turns a good script into a great production is the quality of the performances on display in Bruce Graham’s SOMETHING INTANGIBLE. Although the lead characters share the […]

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Audience Review: SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER at Old Academy

Reviews March 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm 0 comments

A full and enthusiastic audience was on hand last night for the debut of Tennessee Williams’ SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER at Old Academy. Director Rob Rosiello’s introduction was perfect, providing a little background about the playwright and how this lesser known play holds its own importance. Watching this play through the […]

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Audience Review: DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE at Forge Theater

Reviews March 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm 0 comments

DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE is Sarah Ruhl as one would expect: unusual characters, quirkiness, and humans connecting in spite of themselves. Director Aaron Gould has assembled a talented cast that interacts well with each other, and are strong enough as individual players to hold their own during the numerous monologues. […]

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Audience Review: ANY GIVEN MONDAY at Stagecrafters

Reviews March 3, 2017 at 5:37 pm 0 comments

The heartwarming story of a semi-functional family strengthened by infidelity and violence. As a one line summary, that’s actually pretty close to the mark. Playwright Bruce Graham meshes dark humor, pathos, and relationships in a way that is both fantastical and close to the bone. Only a Philly audience would […]

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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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