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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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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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