Reviews

Audience Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Forge Theater

Reviews September 14, 2017 at 8:44 pm 0 comments

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS is good clean fun! This musical based on the film of the same name focuses on charming con men and the women who love them…and it’s not always clear who’s conning who. The set is a multi-tiered hotel with a Mediterranean vista that was surprisingly versatile. Director […]

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Audience Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA at Forge Theatre

Reviews June 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm 0 comments

Truly engaging theater draws the audience in and makes them forget that they are sitting in uncomfortable seats, watching a play. The players within the play do this for the onstage audience, and the entire ensemble helps to weave this spell for those of us just a little further out. […]

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Audience Review: SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD at Stagecrafters

Reviews June 23, 2017 at 5:33 pm 0 comments

It’s going to take a little magic for Max Reinhardt (Joe Tranchitella) to convince Jack Warner (T.J. Deluca) to film his vision of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1934 Hollywood. Ken Ludwig’s SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD suggests that if the real Oberon (Jim Broyles) and Puck (Joshua Keiter) were on set, […]

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Audience Review: MORNING’S AT SEVEN at Old Academy

Reviews June 23, 2017 at 5:23 pm 0 comments

Earlier this season, Old Academy staged SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, a play set in this deep south with characters facing ugly, confrontational family issues. Paul Osborn’s MORNING’S AT SEVEN is an interesting bookend to that piece. This time, the family drama is set in the mid-west of 1938, and the tone […]

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Audience Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Footlighters

Reviews May 27, 2017 at 7:44 am 0 comments

THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a newer show with an enthusiastic following. It clearly delighted audience members who were familiar with the show and would have needed little prompting to sing along. Director Zach Workman was fortunate to have two strong leads and a versatile static backdrop that allowed the […]

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Audience Review: DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER at Narberth Community Theater

Reviews May 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm 0 comments

Do wear your raincoat tonight when you DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. There is already plenty of dressing and undressing in this fast moving, physical farce directed by Scott Grumling. The dialogue moves even faster than the actors, and the actors handle it beautifully, accents and all. Bernard (T. Patrick Ryan) […]

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Audience Review: MEN ARE DOGS at Old Academy

Reviews May 14, 2017 at 1:17 pm 0 comments

MEN ARE DOGS. It’s also the title of Old Academy’s last show. Despite the fact that he is, in fact, a man, playwright Joe Simonelli has a great ear for female grievances and dialogue. There are many laughs to be had here on the subject of relationships, but the tone […]

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Audience Review: SISTER ACT at Grand Theatre: Home of the Road Company

Reviews May 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0 comments

It is So Much Fun! Sister Act opened on Thursday, April 27 at the Grand Theater in Williamstown. It is a fun filled, laugh out-loud, musical delight! The Road Company once again brings high quality theater to Main Street Williamstown. The story line is based on the 1992 movie starring […]

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Audience Review: DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE at Spotlight

Reviews May 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm 0 comments

Although DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE was recently performed at Forge, it is absolutely worth the trip to see it – or see it again – at Spotlight Theater in Swarthmore. Director Leigh Jacobs created a set and was evocative of everywhere, and nowhere, and specific locations when necessary. The lyrical […]

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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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Audience Review: 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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