Reviews

Reading the Signals: MICHAEL & EDIE at Villanova

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

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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THE METAMORPHOSIS: Quintessence Brings Kafka to Mount Airy

Reviews February 14, 2015 at 10:58 am 0 comments

As part of the 100th anniversary commemoration of Kafka’s seminal work of fiction, Quintessence Theatre Group is presenting a stage version of THE METAMORPHOSIS. Rebecca Wright directs Stephen Berkoff’s adaptation, which will be onstage at the Sedgewick Theatre on Germantown Avenue through March 1. Franz Kafka is regarded by many […]

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Berwyn’s Footlighters STRING Together Some PEARLS of Wisdom

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

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

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

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

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

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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MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL at Bucks County Playhouse Celebrates Women

Reviews February 7, 2015 at 10:11 am 0 comments

Hot flashes, sweats, mood swings, bladder control issues, and laughs abound as GFour Productions closed its two-week run of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. MENOPAUSE is a virtual shopping spree, as four middle-aged ladies of differing backgrounds spend a day bustling about Bloomingdale’s Department […]

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G & S Society of Chester County Ends Run of YEOMEN

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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Rollicking Good MILLIONAIRESS at Resident Ensemble Players

Reviews January 31, 2015 at 9:52 am 0 comments

Financial challenges abound in our workaday lives. Recovery from recession is appearing, the Fed continues to control the supply of money, people fight to have enough money to both live and thrive while enormous banks and the wealthiest 1% of the US population continue to grouse about governmental controls imposed […]

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

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

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

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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MARK TWAIN UNPLUGGED Comes to Ambler

Reviews January 28, 2015 at 8:27 am 0 comments

Ambler’s Act II Playhouse offers a witty antidote to those January blues: a solo piece written and performed by Tom Teti: MARK TWAIN UNPLUGGED. Directed by Artistic Director Tony Braithwaite, the play will be onstage at the company’s Butler Avenue venue through February 8. Born Samuel Clemens in 1835, Twain became […]

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WINGS Soars Untethered in Swarthmore

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

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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Stunning Performance of GHOST THE MUSICAL at The Grand

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

Reviews 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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