Professional Theatre

Tradition Continues at BCP: VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE

Professional Theatre July 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm 0 comments

There is a long-standing tradition at Bucks County Playhouse. Beginning in their inaugural season, playwrights have had the opportunity to perform in their own plays. In that first season, Thornton Wilder starred as the Stage Manager in a production of his play, OUR TOWN. Fast forward to 2014, and the […]

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Hedgerow Goes Hitchcock with THE 39 STEPS

Professional Theatre July 16, 2014 at 10:05 pm 0 comments

It’s summer, so that means farce time at Hedgerow Theatre, and this season they’ve chosen to present Patrick Barlow’s stage adaptation of THE 39 STEPS, which is about a man in London who tries to help a counter-espionage agent prevent an organization of spies called “The 39 Steps” from stealing […]

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Professional Theatre July 15, 2014 at 7:19 am 0 comments

The Ritz’s YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (Franken-steen) plays even funnier today. It’s a show that keeps you talking about it and laughing all the way home. You know the obvious bits and telegraphed jokes. A few groaners, but nothing falls flat. Still, we can’t help the giggling. Fans and devotees of the […]

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Marsha Mason Returns to Bucks County in DEATHTRAP

Professional Theatre June 25, 2014 at 10:17 pm 0 comments

Ira Levin’s DEATHTRAP holds the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller in Broadway history, and was nominated for a 1978 Tony Award for Best Play. This long-running thriller continues to pack them in, as evidenced by the latest production at Bucks County Playhouse. DEATHTRAP opens in the country home of Sidney […]

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An Updated Classic: THE ODD COUPLE, FEMALE VERSION at The Candlelight Theatre

Professional Theatre June 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm 0 comments

Neil Simon’s THE ODD COUPLE is best known as a ‘60s and ‘70s staple of stage and screen, the comic story of a pair of mismatched middle aged roommates. In 1985, Simon decided to update the popular play, with a twist. The result, THE ODD COUPLE, FEMALE VERSION, is even […]

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Broadway Classic Comes to Life at Steel River Playhouse: THE MUSIC MAN

Professional Theatre June 14, 2014 at 9:13 am 0 comments

There is a reason classic shows are classics…while the times may change, the way these shows affect us stays the same. Some shows make us laugh, some make us cry, some make us think, and some just make us feel good. And some…those special few…can make us do all of […]

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Bucks County Playhouse Opens 75th with CHAPTER TWO

Professional Theatre June 6, 2014 at 5:34 pm 0 comments

Bucks County Playhouse opened its 75th Anniversary Season with Neil Simon’s classic comedy, CHAPTER TWO, directed by Marsha Mason. Mason was the actress that played Jennie in the 1979 film adaptation of the play, and was the inspiration for the character (Mason was Simon’s second wife) so this was a […]

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Homage to Hitchcock with THE 39 STEPS at Bootless Stageworks

Professional Theatre May 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm 0 comments

THE 39 STEPS, the 4th production of Bootless Stageworks’ ‘13-14 season, is nothing if not ambitious. Based on the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name, the play is essentially a parody of the melodramatic murder mystery told from the point-of-view of the number one suspect, Richard Hannay. The […]

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Ritz Invites You to THE WILD PARTY

Professional Theatre May 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm 0 comments

When director-choreographer Brian Rivell got the go-ahead to stage Andrew Lippa’s controversial musical THE WILD PARTY, he warned publicists that the show is “unlike any show you’ve seen on the Ritz Theatre Company stage.” This is true, but somehow it doesn’t seem all that wild except for the energetic singing […]

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WIT: The Struggle Between Intellect and Emotion at REP

Professional Theatre May 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm 0 comments

Sanford Robbins’ production of Margaret Edson’s WIT at The Rep at University of DE, rolls up its sleeves and delves unapologetically into the struggle between intellect and emotion. The production is certainly not guilty of reinventing the wheel in a wonderful way in that it stays true to Edson’s Pulitzer […]

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Tilting at Windmills—MAN OF LA MANCHA at Ambler’s Act II Playhouse

Professional Theatre May 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm 0 comments

“And maddest of all: to see life as it is and not as it should be.” Act II Playhouse is concluding their 15th Anniversary Season with a unique staging of an iconic American musical: MAN OF LA MANCHA, which will run in the theatre’s Butler Avenue space from April 29th […]

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City Theater Company’s Twist on The Bard: BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS

Professional Theatre May 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm 0 comments

With the celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this year, it’s no surprise to see City Theater Company taking on one of his works — and it’s no surprise that they chose a twist on Shakespeare: BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS, the award-winning hip-hop version of COMEDY OF ERRORS by Jordan Allen-Dutton, […]

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Curio Closes Out Season with Production of Mythical Proportions: OEDIPUSSY

Professional Theatre May 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm 0 comments

West Philly’s Curio Theatre Company never plays it safe; they started out their ninth season with a controversial re-imagining of ROMEO AND JULIET, and now they’re winding things up with a crazed take on the Greek myth of Oedipus. Created by the British comedy troupe, SpyMonkey, OEDIPUSSY mines the laughs […]

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Stages at CCC’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is Something Special

Professional Theatre May 6, 2014 at 7:56 pm 0 comments

Stages’ production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is a hilarious and fascinating musical romance as well as a poetic, witty comedy in the rich, historical Shakespeare-kind-of-way. It’s pleasurable education for all ages. I saw Stages’ MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and loved the up-do! This is from a guy who says, […]

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Tough Times in the TRUE WEST at South Camden Theatre Company

Professional Theatre April 28, 2014 at 9:34 am 0 comments

South Camden Theatre Company’s production of Sam Shepard’s TRUE WEST rocked audiences with its intensity and powerful performances primarily by the play’s leads, Jason Cutts as “Lee” and Patrick Alicarlo as “Austin”. The cameos by Breen Rourke and Kris Andrews provide the right touch as well. Robert Bingaman’s set is […]

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Getting Sensible at Hedgerow—Jane Austen’s SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Professional Theatre April 28, 2014 at 8:51 am 0 comments

After having such a successful run with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE last season, Rose Valley’s Hedgerow Theatre is back in Regency England mounting Jon Jory’s adaptation of Austen’s SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Few other authors have engendered the devotion that Jane Austen has; there are societies worldwide devoted to her writings. Helmed […]

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Powerful Pulitzer Prize-Winning GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS at The Eagle Theatre

Professional Theatre April 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm 0 comments

Instead of swimming with sharks, these real estate salesmen are vicious jackals and hyenas—feeding off each other, while moving in on each other’s kills—or leads, contracts, etc. These salesmen will do anything to close a deal. When their competitors, each other, or even contrary prey affect their ability to survive, […]

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AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ at Delaware Theatre Company

Professional Theatre April 25, 2014 at 10:28 am 0 comments

The genius of Fats Waller wasn’t just in his ability to create timeless music that appeals to everyone, it was also in the stories the music tells. The revue-style AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ transports you to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, but it’s more than a time warp. […]

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O’Neill’s ELECTRA is Intense, Strong at Quintessence Theatre Group

Professional Theatre April 18, 2014 at 9:17 pm 0 comments

Quintessence Theatre Group in Mt. Airy celebrated its 4th anniversary on Saturday April 5th with opening night of it’s first American classic piece, Eugene O’Neill’s MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA. Adapted from Aeschylus’ THE ORESTEIA, O’Neill crafted a trilogy of 3 shorter plays that follow a single story line, and are usually […]

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Romance in Italy: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Closes Out Villanova’s Season

Professional Theatre April 12, 2014 at 8:58 am 0 comments

Villanova Theatre tops off their current season with a production of the musical THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, with a book by Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel (who happens to be Richard Rodgers grandson). Based on a 1953 novella by Elizabeth Spencer, the production runs on […]

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