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He Said: No “Bah, Humbug!” for Newtown Arts Company’s SCROOGE: THE MUSICAL

Around the Region December 9, 2014 at 7:47 am 0 comments

Newtown Arts Company is wrapping up their 31st season with SCROOGE: THE MUSICAL – a musical interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol”. Mary Liz Ivins’ SCROOGE is a fun and light-hearted romp that the whole family can see during the holidays. The set was designed efficiently (George Pickering) […]

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She Said: NAC’s SCROOGE THE MUSICAL is Perfect Holiday Fare

Around the Region December 9, 2014 at 8:22 am 0 comments

Newtown Arts Company adds to the warmth of the holiday season with the production of SCROOGE THE MUSICAL. Easy enough to figure out…a musical version of Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol”, a novella which was first published in 1843. This early Victorian period in history had a strong nostalgia for […]

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Beautiful Voices Shine in THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Around the Region December 9, 2014 at 7:22 am 0 comments

The story of the Von Trapp Family Singers is one of the more inspirational tales from the World War II era. The romanticized account of that story has charmed people for over 50 years. THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the latest production at Steel River Playhouse, and it carries on […]

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Radio Days: MN Spotlight Takes to the “Airwaves” with IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE—A LIVE RADIO PLAY

Around the Region December 20, 2014 at 10:52 am 0 comments

Okay, if you aren’t familiar with the beloved Frank Capra film, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, you’ve been stuck down a mineshaft for decades or something. Its annual airings on television has placed the film firmly at the center of America’s Holiday season (along with Charlie Brown’s tree). For many it’s […]

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The Stagecrafters Mine the Mysteries of CLEVER DICK

Around the Region December 8, 2014 at 10:37 am 0 comments

Whodunit? The Stagecrafters Theater attempts to sort out the suspects in CLEVER DICK, with a houseful of eccentric personalities, poisonous drinks, detectives, a maid, a butler, philandering, mugging, and motive. Houseguests galore bring suspicious, sexy, subversive activity to the plot. A young wife, an aging gentleman of the manor, and […]

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Around the Region December 8, 2014 at 7:54 am 0 comments

Thought provoking, expertly crafted, elegantly appointed, full of drama and rich with humor describes THE PIANO LESSON at The Players Club of Swarthmore. From the first entrance the audience is captivated. Set in an apartment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1932, THE PIANO LESSON is a slice-of-life look at family dynamics, […]

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A CHRISTMAS CHAOS: Holiday Mischief and Mayhem at Bridge Players Theater Company

Around the Region December 4, 2014 at 11:56 pm 0 comments

A CHRISTMAS CHAOS is a delightful satire of theatrical backstage mayhem of Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Michael Wehri is the playwright and you can actually get him to direct the play, although at what fee I do not know! He has written and adapted dozens of full length plays (all of […]

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Observe a Miracle at Kelsey with M&M Stage Productions’ MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

Around the Region November 29, 2014 at 9:26 am 0 comments

This time of year there are thousands of theater groups across the country that put on shows dealing with Christmas. From It’s a Wonderful Life to Miracle on 34th Street, there is no shortage of holiday cheer. This year M&M Stage Productions brought MIRACLE OF 34TH STREET to the Kelsey […]

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Consider Yourself Entertained as Off Broad Street Players’ OLIVER! Takes to the Stage

Around the Region November 22, 2014 at 11:29 am 0 comments

The Off Broad Street Players latest production, OLIVER!, Lionel Bart’s musical setting of the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, is a showcase of talent of both young and seasoned local actors. The cast of nearly 50, the majority of which are youth, brings a delightful energy to the stage! […]

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The Drama Group Teaches a Lesson with SEMINAR

Around the Region November 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm 0 comments

Many adults enjoy taking a class. Writers are very likely to use continuing education to share ideas and find ways to improve their craft. SEMINAR portrays the living room based class four writers take together with an acclaimed writer/editor as teacher. SEMINAR takes many twists and turns while the personalities, […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, SNOW WHITE is Ardensingers’ Fairytale Told This Fall

Around the Region November 19, 2014 at 7:56 pm 0 comments

The Ardensingers, located in the bucolic artists village of Arden, is Delaware’s only Gilbert & Sullivan performance group and has been for over half a century. Each spring they present a fully staged version of a G&S classic. In the past, the fall show was either a G&S version of […]

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PCS Second Stage Takes THE GOAT (OR WHO IS SYLVIA?) by the Horns

Around the Region November 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm 0 comments

Director Thomas-Robert Irvin, cast and crew have succeeded in mounting a deftly staged production of Edward Albee’s challenging outré examination of love, sexuality and tolerance. In this comedy infused tragedy, all starts out sparkling with an attractive, well-off liberal minded middle aged couple splendidly in love; a superb set up […]

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He Said: BIG LOVE Attacks Big Ideas at Villanova Theatre

Around the Region November 19, 2014 at 7:48 am 0 comments

In her dramaturgical notes for BIG LOVE at Villanova Theatre, Jill Jacobs points out that in the source for the play, “. . . the chorus serves as both chorus and protagonist. Playwright, Charles L. Mee focuses on a modern version of this conceit from Greek Drama to show that […]

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She Said: “Love Trumps All”—Or Does It? BIG LOVE at Villanova

Around the Region November 19, 2014 at 7:49 am 0 comments

Villanova Theatre continues their current season with a production of Charles L. Mee’s provocative BIG LOVE. Directed by Villanova Professor—and Barrymore Award-winner—Harriet Power, BIG LOVE runs on the stage in Vasey Hall from November 11—23, 2014. Mee is known for a Picasso-like approach to playwriting and theatre; he takes found […]

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Willow Manor Players Offer Great Fun with THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Around the Region November 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm 0 comments

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a theater lover’s play. Our host for the evening, aptly names “man in chair” breaks the fourth wall by inviting the audience to share his reminiscence of his favorite Broadway musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. His narration leads us on a gay romp through a typical 20’s, […]

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Suspenseful WAIT UNTIL DARK at DCP Theatre

Around the Region November 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm 0 comments

If there is a canon of plays that established theaters must do, then WAIT UNTIL DARK is probably in it. For her initial directing effort at DCP, Caris Baliles chose a tight play and allowed her actors the room to deliver the goods. WAIT UNTIL DARK is a classic mystery. […]

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Holiday Favorite at Candlelight Theatre

Around the Region November 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm 0 comments

It’s that time of the year. Time to venture in attics and storage cabinets to retrieve holiday decorations. Time to pull out your Great-Grandmother’s recipe card for the family’s “best ever” dessert selection. Time to pen list, after list, after list of holiday gift items. And, in your spare time, […]

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Delightful, Delicious, De-Lovely ANYTHING GOES at Moorestown Theater Company

Around the Region November 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm 0 comments

ANYTHING GOES debuted on Broadway in 1934 with the legendary Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney. Since that debut it has had three Broadway revivals in 1962, 1987 and 2011 and each time won a Tony for Best Revival. It has long been a popular choice for community and school productions. […]

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Old Academy Players Counting Blessings with AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

Around the Region November 15, 2014 at 8:25 am 0 comments

AS IT IS IN HEAVEN is the 492nd full-length production at Old Academy Players. This play should not be confused with the Swedish film of the same title. Theater is at its best when the intention is to entertain, educate, enlighten, and/or inform. AS IT IS IN HEAVEN informs the […]

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Narberth Kicks Off Current Season With AIDA

Around the Region November 13, 2014 at 7:18 am 0 comments

Narberth Community Theatre travels back to ancient Egypt to bring Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA to the stage. Directed by Barbara Sherman, the production runs till November 22nd in the company’s new locale, The Overbrook Presbyterian Church at the corner of City and Lancaster Avenues. Performances are Friday thru […]

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