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Stunning Performance of GHOST THE MUSICAL at The Grand

Around the Region, Reviews January 28, 2015 at 7:24 am 0 comments

A new theatre, a new show, and a wonderful two and a half hours of entertainment. That was my experience seeing GHOST THE MUSICAL at The Grand Theatre in Williamstown, NJ. A lovely, well-appointed theater capable of large musical productions, The Grand presents the area premier of the musical version […]

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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at The Milburn Stone Theatre

Around the Region January 25, 2015 at 8:09 pm 0 comments

Walking into the Milburn Stone Theater (MST) at Cecil College in North East, MD, for their production of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY takes one’s breath away. The set of a farmhouse in rural Oklahoma is complicated and yet proves to be completely useful by the actors. MST has been routinely successful […]

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Hie Thee to TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL at Colonial Playhouse

Around the Region January 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm 0 comments

Director Jennifer Wolfe has assembled a talented cast and has taken TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare to a nifty new level of novelty, while retaining tradition. Although the characters are attired in modern garb, set in modern times replete with pizza and paparazzi, the essence of Shakespeare’s brilliant blend of […]

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Find Something Funny with LOOKING at Old Academy Players

Around the Region January 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm 0 comments

A gym, a bar, and four unattached adults who are perhaps just a bit lost and LOOKING, set the stage for the plotline of the show currently running at Old Academy Players. Humor looms large, as the four actors deliver a smart script that presents the foibles of finding friendship […]

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Around the Region January 15, 2015 at 8:26 pm 0 comments

Holiday shows come in many shapes and sizes. IN-LAWS, OUTLAWS, AND OTHER PEOPLE (THAT SHOULD BE SHOT) has its own little nook. Although it may never be mistaken for high literature, in the hands of director, Fran Carroll and his willing cast, it is a delightful look at the holidays. […]

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Fun With FOOLS at PCS

Around the Region January 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm 0 comments

A toasty “ahhh” arose from the audience, as the curtain parted to reveal a stupendous set on a freezing opening night for Neil Simon’s FOOLS, directed by Jim Carroll. Soon, warm waves of laughter wafted steadily towards the stage. Simon’s farcical fable follows a schoolteacher’s efforts to educate a stunningly […]

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Good Times at Facetime with COMPANY

Around the Region January 15, 2015 at 7:54 am 0 comments

One of the best benefits of reviewing for STAGE Magazine has been the discovery of new theaters. Last Sunday was another one of those delightfully rich experiences. COMPANY is one of Stephen Sondheim’s finest early works. It has been tweaked in revivals and has developed its own cult following. COMPANY is […]

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PinnWorth Productions Combines Style and Substance with A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

Around the Region January 15, 2015 at 7:39 pm 0 comments

PinnWorth Productions takes on the question of following orders vs. following one’s conscience in its beautifully realized production of A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, now playing at The Kelsey Theatre. The play is based on the true story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th Century Chancellor of England. More must […]

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Laughter Abounds in Forge Theatre’s CEMETERY CLUB

Around the Region January 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm 0 comments

The plot of THE CEMETERY CLUB involves the meddling in the blooming love affair of one of a trio of close Jewish friends who meet monthly to visit the graves of their recently buried husbands. The bonds of friendship is the key to success of the play. Forge Theatre is, […]

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Wilmington Drama League Charms with BIG

Around the Region December 27, 2014 at 8:15 am 0 comments

BIG, the 1996 musical based on the 1988 Tom Hanks movie, may not have been a hit on Broadway, but it’s a smart fit for small stages like Wilmington Drama League. Ambitious but not overly-complicated, the show allows the theater to showcase ensembles on three levels (adult, teen, and child). […]

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Joy and Tears Come CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN at Actors’NET

Around the Region December 20, 2014 at 11:26 am 0 comments

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN is a heart warming and heart wrenching time-locked comedy that depicts the lives of the Gilbreth children through the memories of two of the siblings as they recount their youth. What could be a simple slapstick comedy is done with tender and tragic words as well […]

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Treat Your Family to THE GIFT OF THE MAGI at DCP!

Around the Region December 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm 0 comments

Give your holiday spirit a boost by seeing Jon Jory’s adaptation THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, as directed by Cathy Zeller. This spectacularly staged production invites you to step into the Victorian world of Jim and Della Dillingham (delightfully, adorably played by Dylan Jeronis and Madison Hart), a young couple […]

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Delightful BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER at Footlighters Theater

Around the Region December 13, 2014 at 8:47 pm 0 comments

A standing ovation goes to directors Holly Gruver Franciamone and Robert Lotz and producer Carl Lotz for a job well done, putting their personal touch on THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, written by area native Barbara Robinson. The beloved Christmas show has delighted worldwide audiences since 1981. One of the […]

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Archbishop Carroll Theatre Society gets an A+ in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

Around the Region December 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm 0 comments

In 1950, Charles M. Schulz created the first Peanuts comic strip. In 2013, TV Guide ranked Peanuts the Fourth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time. On December 4, Archbishop Carroll Theater Society (ACTS) will take to the stage with YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN with humor, insight, music, song, […]

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JAMES JOYCE’S THE DEAD at City Theater Company

Around the Region December 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm 0 comments

City Theater Company officially begins its 21st season by returning to when the fledgling group performed upstairs at O’Friel’s Pub with a staging of the very Irish JAMES JOYCE’S THE DEAD. In order to heighten the audience’s entry to the setting of Ireland, CTC has converted the Black Box at […]

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ELF, JR.: A Cast of Thousands at Moorestown Theater Company

Around the Region December 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm 0 comments

Moorestown Theater Company presents the East Coast premiere of ELF, JR., the abridged version of the Christmas themed Broadway show based on the movie Elf starring Will Ferrell. The script allows the show to be performed by young actors for young audiences. Director Mark Morgan has accumulated not just one, but […]

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DeSales’ Superb Ensemble Brings LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL to Life

Around the Region December 12, 2014 at 7:11 pm 0 comments

It is always a lot of fun to see a new show. It is doubly wonderful to see a new show done as well as the talented students from DeSales University performed LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL. The story is a familiar one. Jo March a budding author tells us the […]

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Hidden Treasure On Display in EDGES at Playcrafters of Skippack

Around the Region December 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm 0 comments

Every once in a while a new property comes along that speaks to a certain generation. EDGES was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul as 19-year old undergrads at the University of Michigan. A revue (or self-styled “song cycle”) about coming of age, growth, self-discovery, and poking fun at […]

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Chapel Street Players Puts Nostalgic Twist on Holiday Favorite: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE—A LIVE RADIO PLAY

Around the Region December 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm 0 comments

Back in the day, families would gather around the radio to listen to serials that would be broadcast. Today, we have YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and many other media outlets that still provide “serials” in some fashion. Chapel Street Players took a favorite holiday story (It’s a Wonderful Life) and joined […]

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The Road Company’s Live! IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – A Radio Play at the Grand Theatre

Around the Region December 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

It’s a wonderful story, a wonderful film and play, and now there is the live radio play, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – A Radio Play in at the Grand Theatre in Williamstown, New Jersey, courtesy The Road Company. It’s certainly not your usual Holiday show. Joe Landry’s adaptation of the […]

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