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Officers Eric Sheridan (Anthony Lawton) and Billie Dwyer (Karen Peakes) tie up Todd (Jake Blouch) in Act II Playhouse's production of UNNECESSARY FARCE, now extended until March 29. (Photo
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Spring Forward With UNNECESSARY FARCE At Act II

Professional Theatre, Reviews March 15, 2015 at 9:20 am 0 comments

“Two Cops. Three Crooks. Eight Doors. One Killer in a Kilt.” Ambler’s Act II Playhouse is bringing much needed laughs to their audiences with a springy production of Paul Slade Smith’s UNNECESSARY FARCE. It’s directed by David Bradley and runs in their Butler Avenue theatre from now through March 29. […]

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A MURDER HAS BEEN ARRANGED: Ghost Story at Hedgerow to Warm up Winter

Professional Theatre, Reviews February 25, 2015 at 7:55 pm 0 comments

Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley adds to the chill of this cold winter with a production of Emlyn Williams’ 1930 ghost story, A MURDER HAS BEEN ARRANGED. Directed by former Hedgerow Fellow (and frequent Guest Artist) Sarah J. Gafgen, this spine-tingler runs from February 19th to March 29th, 2015. Williams […]

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Curio’s OTHELLO: Loving “Not Wisely, But Too Well”

Professional Theatre, Reviews February 27, 2015 at 4:54 pm 0 comments

West Philly’s Curio Theatre Company starts off 2015 with a production of Shakespeare’s OTHELLO. Presented on their intimate “Corner Stage” on the lower level of the Calvary Center, the production is directed by Dan Hodge and runs through March 14. OTHELLO was written in approximately 1603; the story revolves around four central […]

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THE METAMORPHOSIS: Quintessence Brings Kafka to Mount Airy

Professional Theatre, 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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MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL at Bucks County Playhouse Celebrates Women

Professional Theatre, 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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Rollicking Good MILLIONAIRESS at Resident Ensemble Players

Professional Theatre, 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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Tom Teti stars in his one-man show, MARK TWAIN UNPLUGGED, now through Feb. 8 at Act II Playhouse in Ambler. (Photo credit: John Flak)

MARK TWAIN UNPLUGGED Comes to Ambler

Professional Theatre, 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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Anthony Connell and David McConney star in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at The Candlelight Theatre. (Photo credit: Cindy Millison)

Monstrously Good YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at The Candlelight Theatre

Professional Theatre January 20, 2015 at 7:23 am 0 comments

At the Candlelight Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, the new Mel Brooks musical, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN opened to a sold out crowd. With a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, it was sure to be a comedy feast. The Candlelight Theatre’s production is directed […]

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Mystery and Faith Explored in AGNES OF GOD at South Camden Theatre Company

Professional Theatre January 15, 2015 at 7:58 pm 0 comments

In true South Camden Theatre Company (SCTC) style, they chose for their latest production a piece of theatre that is complex. AGNES OF GOD operates on both intellectual and religious levels of thought. AGNES OF GOD also is a difficult piece of theatre to understand … both for the cast […]

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Jennifer Summerfield, Maryruth Stine, Penelope Reed in ON THE VERGE at Hedgerow Theatre. (Photo credit: Ashley LaBonde of Wide Eyed Studios)

Hedgerow VERGEs Into Uncharted Territory

Professional Theatre January 15, 2015 at 8:11 pm 0 comments

“The civilizing mission of Woman is to reduce the amount of masculinity in the world…” Rose Valley’s resident theatre company continues their current season with a comedic exploration of femininity directed by Kittson O’Neill. Eric Overmyer’s ON THE VERGE (or The Geography of Yearning) is wonderfully loopy and tons of […]

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A Bit of Elfin Magic in Ambler: MURRAY THE ELF, AND THE CASE OF THE STOLEN SLEIGHBELLS

Professional Theatre December 22, 2014 at 11:49 am 0 comments

Act II Playhouse on Butler Avenue in Ambler is offering a double dose of holiday fun. In addition to MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT, the gang has put together a fun romp for the kid in us all: MURRAY THE ELF, AND THE CASE OF THE STOLEN SLEIGHBELLS—written by Carrie Nielsen and […]

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Hedgerow Re-imagines Their Holiday Classic: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Professional Theatre December 20, 2014 at 12:33 pm 0 comments

“I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.” ~ Charles […]

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Will Dennis, Anne Wechsler and Tony Braithwaite star in MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT at Act II Playhouse in Ambler. (Photo credit: Bill D'Agostino)

Act II Is MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT For The Holidays

Professional Theatre December 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm 0 comments

Ambler’s Act II Playhouse has stitched together a holiday quilt of songs and comedy that will have even the biggest Grinch grinning. Created by Artistic Director Tony Braithwaite and Managing Director Howie Brown, MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT will be onstage at the Playhouse’s Butler Avenue theatre through January 3, 2015. Continuing […]

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Bucks County Playhouse Offers PLAID TIDINGS To All

Professional Theatre December 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm 0 comments

Sequels are dangerous; in many cases they can’t capture the magic of the original property, and damage the franchise in doing so. There are, however, some exceptions to the rule. One such exception is currently running at Bucks County Playhouse…the Christmas sequel to FOREVER PLAID, named (appropriately enough) PLAID TIDINGS. […]

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Thought Provoking Humor in THE BOOK OF MORON at Bucks County Playhouse

Professional Theatre November 29, 2014 at 11:49 am 0 comments

Bucks County Playhouse continues its holiday season with the second of Robert Dubac’s one-man shows, THE BOOK OF MORON. Not to be confused by a musical with a similar name, MORON is a thought-provoking tour through the playwright/performer’s mind. In this show, Bob (Dubac) has amnesia…he cannot remember several important […]

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MACBETH: A Throne Made of Blood at Resident Ensemble Players

Professional Theatre November 19, 2014 at 7:21 pm 0 comments

It is safe to say that everyone who walked into the Roselle Center for the Arts to see the opening of MACBETH presented by the Resident Ensemble Players (REP) was unprepared for what happened during the next two hours. Whether the audience has seen multiple productions or this was their […]

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Laughs Plentiful (From Men and Women) at THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON

Professional Theatre November 17, 2014 at 8:19 pm 0 comments

From the title of the current production at Bucks County Playhouse, you might think a male-bashing is in store…some man-hating person, full of bitterness, spouting off about the ugly side of the male animal. Not true…in fact, what we have is a very talented and funny man, telling man-secrets to […]

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THE MATTER OF FRANK SCHAEFER: “They Tell Me The Fault-Line Runs Right Thru Here”—Curio Debuts a New Work

Professional Theatre November 19, 2014 at 8:51 pm 0 comments

Curio Theatre Company continues to push boundaries as they open their tenth season in West Philadelphia. THE MATTER OF FRANK SCHAEFER is a company-created piece dramatizing the defrockment of a United Methodist Church pastor for performing his gay son’s marriage ceremony in 2007. Directed by Company Manager Gay Carducci Kuhn, […]

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Donna Pescow and Lenny Wolpe in a scene from REST, IN PIECES at Delaware Theatre Company. (Photo credit: Matt Urban, Mobius New Media)

REST, IN PIECES: Fresh, Dramatic Comedy at Delaware Theatre Company

Professional Theatre November 15, 2014 at 7:39 am 0 comments

We’re fortunate in Wilmington to have such a varied, diverse, theater scene — small, edgy theaters, community theater, repertory theater, a touring company venue, and, finally, The Delaware Theatre Company, a professional theater that draws well-known actors to its stage from places like New York and Los Angeles. A theater like […]

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GYPSY Still Wows ’em at the Ritz

Professional Theatre November 10, 2014 at 10:31 am 0 comments

GYPSY has been called by some critics and writers “the greatest musical of the twentieth century.” It’s a little early to tell, but if the production at Haddon Township’s Ritz Theatre is any indication, it may also be the greatest musical of the twenty-first century. In addition to its memorable […]

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