Around the Region

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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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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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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Reading the Signals: MICHAEL & EDIE at Villanova

Around the Region, Reviews February 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm 0 comments

Villanova Theatre continues their current season with an area premiere of MICHAEL & EDIE by Rachel Bonds. The production is being directed by Philly actor/playwright—and newly appointed Villanova Professor—James Ijames. The titular characters bury themselves amongst the shelves of the book store where they work to escape the tensions of […]

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Excellent Performances in COURT-MARTIAL AT FORT DEVENS

Around the Region, Reviews February 14, 2015 at 11:14 am 0 comments

Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown opened its latest production, COURT-MARTIAL AT FORT DEVENS on February 6th. Based on a true story, it relates the events in the latter days of World War II, when women enlisted in the WAC (Women’s Army Corps) and were trained in various non-combat fields. Several […]

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Berwyn’s Footlighters STRING Together Some PEARLS of Wisdom

Around the Region, Reviews February 14, 2015 at 10:39 am 0 comments

Footlighters Theater on Main Avenue in Berwyn, continues their 2014—2015 season with a production of Michele Lowe’s STRING OF PEARLS. Directed by Connie Giordano, the play is a series of vignettes that introduce us to an array of 27 women (of various socio-economic backgrounds) and spans 35 years as the […]

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Spellbinding RENT at Bridge Players Theatre Company

Around the Region, Reviews February 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm 0 comments

Tonight’s performance of RENT at Bridge Players Theatre Company…oh…where to begin. I guess I’ll start with some adjectives: Awesome! Amazing! Energetic! Provocative! Spellbinding! A production that is everything Jonathan Larson intended…and perhaps more. Tragic and uplifting at the same time. In the director’s notes, Chris Focarile tells us of his […]

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OBSP Transports Audiences Back in Time with CAROUSEL

Around the Region, Reviews February 11, 2015 at 7:37 pm 0 comments

It does not happen very often. Even on Broadway, theater takes an uncanny turn toward the flash and the glitz; the spectacle becomes the leading vehicle. It’s all about the pyrotechnics, the flying sets and actors…the “show”. However, every once in a while, a director comes along who sees that […]

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Escape From the Cold With SOMETHING INTANGIBLE

Around the Region, Reviews February 11, 2015 at 1:32 pm 0 comments

Step out of the cold into something hot at The Stagecrafters Theater. SOMETHING INTANGIBLE, currently playing, transports the audience back into the golden age of Hollywood. Two brothers, one the ‘creative’ mind and one the financial are collaborating to create a full length feature animated film set to classical music. […]

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No Script, No Set, No Costumes: BARELY LEGAL Brings Improv to City Theater Company

Around the Region, Reviews February 7, 2015 at 8:56 am 0 comments

Improvisation is one of the most difficult concepts in theater. The actors do not get the luxury of a script, a set, costumes, or the like. The actors get one thing…an idea. It’s their mission to turn that idea into a routine (usually comedic) that is engaging. It’s easy for […]

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DCP Reimagines the Past at THE SNOW BALL

Around the Region, Reviews February 7, 2015 at 8:34 am 0 comments

A.R. Gurney writes plays with heart that investigates some of life’s simplest problems. THE SNOW BALL fits neatly into that genre. THE SNOW BALL is about a group of friends who grew up together taking ballroom dancing lessons together as a rite of passage. The play looks back from the […]

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G & S Society of Chester County Ends Run of YEOMEN

Around the Region, Reviews February 7, 2015 at 9:35 am 0 comments

THE YEOMAN OF THE GUARD, an opera set in 16th-century England, almost unimagined by playwright W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan, tells the grand tale of Colonel Fairfax, a man of means, who is falsely charged with sorcery by a relative who hopes to inherit the dandy bachelor’s estate. Stripped […]

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BORN YESTERDAY: Entertaining Classic at Actors’NET of Bucks County

Around the Region, Reviews January 31, 2015 at 9:39 am 0 comments

There are some shows that when done well always entertain. Garson Kanin’s BORN YESTERDAY is one of those plays. The secret is to have four strong leads, and the production at Actors’NET had very strong leads as well as a fine supporting cast. Under the solid direction of James Cordingley, […]

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THERAPY Is In Session At Spotlight Theatre

Around the Region, Reviews January 31, 2015 at 9:28 am 0 comments

Spotlight Theatre on Park Avenue in Swarthmore has chosen to chase the winter blahs with a mounting of Christopher Durang’s BEYOND THERAPY. Written in 1980, BEYOND THERAPY is Durang’s send-up of the country’s obsession with analysis in the late ’70s/early ’80s. The protagonists are Prudence, a confused young woman looking for […]

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Proverbially Magical INTO THE WOODS at Pennington Players

Around the Region, Reviews January 31, 2015 at 8:04 am 0 comments

For the first time in our reviewing career, Keith and I: (1) witnessed our first standing ovation and (2) Keith was the first one on his feet. For the record, Keith had put off Sondheim for most of his life. He’s more of a “traditionalist” when it comes to musical […]

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WINGS Soars Untethered in Swarthmore

Around the Region, Reviews January 28, 2015 at 8:04 am 0 comments

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. —Luciano De Crescenzo Imagine an expressive, intelligent, woman, who spent most of her adult life bravely breaking boundaries, clearly communicating with exuberance and aplomb her extraordinary determination to arms-against-the wind seemingly […]

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Baby, That Is Rock & Roll…WDL Shimmies with SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE

Around the Region, Reviews January 28, 2015 at 7:43 am 0 comments

It is said that Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were the first to surround black music with elaborate production. What better place to put their music, then, than in a Broadway Musical! The only major difference between SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ and any other Broadway Musical is that SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ […]

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