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OH, WHAT FUN! Laughs Abound at Act II

Professional Theatre December 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm 0 comments

Act II Playhouse’s current offering, OH, WHAT FUN!, has arrived just in time for the holiday season.  Like last year’s similar LAUGHING ALL THE WAY, this variety show features the uproarious talents of Tony Braithwaite, strongly supported by the multifaceted comic trio of Howie Brown, Will Dennis and Sonny Leo. […]

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4 LADS FROM LIVERPOOL: British Invasion at Act II

Professional Theatre September 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm 0 comments

Fifty years may have passed since they recorded their first hit, but The Beatles currently are alive and well, rocking out their classics at Act II Playhouse in Ambler.  In its East Coast premier, 4 LADS FROM LIVERPOOL whisks the audience from the band’s early days to the Sgt. Pepper […]

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FREE RANGE THINKING Is An Amusing Look Inside

Professional Theatre July 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm 0 comments

Act II Playhouse is host to a different kind of show this month. Robert Dubac brought his one-man show FREE RANGE THINKING to Ambler. Dubac, who previously performed his first show THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON at Act II is a comedian, mimic, magician, and actor all in one. His […]

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Inventive MY FAIR LADY at Act II is Just Loverly

Professional Theatre May 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm 1 comment

Mounting a classic Broadway musical means lots of sets, a huge cast, an orchestra and costumes out the wazoo, right? Not necessarily. Ambler’s Act II Playhouse gets huge props for their bold move of presenting a minimalistic version of MY FAIR LADY, Lerner & Loewe’s 1956 adaptation of George Bernard […]

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STRICTLY PLATONIC: No Matter What It’s Called, You’re Going to Love It

Professional Theatre March 4, 2012 at 10:02 am 2 comments

The working process of the creative mind is often a mystery. There have been volumes dedicated to revealing the secrets of it. On February 20 in Ambler, a chosen group of us got to see inside the creative process of Larry McKenna, local actor, teacher and playwright. Mr. McKenna is […]

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LET’S PRETEND WE’RE MARRIED Charms and Delights at Act II

Around the Region January 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm 0 comments

Currently running at Act II Playhouse in Ambler, LET’S PRETEND WE’RE MARRIED, featuring Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs, is a thoroughly amusing ride down the lighter road of married life.  The seventy minute cabaret is jam-packed with a varied selection of musical numbers (Broadway, popular music and some “original creations”), […]

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Around the Region December 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm 0 comments

Start with “A Night Before Christmas”, stir in a heaping serving of “Kids Say the Darndest Things” and “Whose Line is It Anyway?”, and sprinkle on “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and you’ll have something that approaches Act II’s current comic endeavor, LAUGHING ALL THE WAY. This holiday-themed variety show romances […]

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Vampires, Werewolves and Mummies (oh my!)…Act II salutes Halloween with THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

Around the Region October 31, 2011 at 10:27 pm 0 comments

Ambler’s Act II Playhouse has found the perfect confection to present at this time of year. Subtitled “A Penny Dreadful,” Charles Ludlam’s VEP is an homage to/satire of those cheap Victorian serial novels that were so popular in their day—with a healthy dose of digs at Hitchcock’s film “Rebecca”, as […]

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Dog Days: SYLVIA @ Act II Playhouse in Ambler

Around the Region September 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm 0 comments

A prolific playwright who first made an impression in 1981 with The Dining Room, A.R. Gurney is the chronicler of all things WASP. The foibles and neuroses of the upper middle class have been lovingly—and humorously—explored in such works as Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour and Middle Ages. SYLVIA, now […]

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Hilarity Dominates THE MALE INTELLECT

Professional Theatre July 15, 2011 at 9:50 am 0 comments

Whether you call it a one-man show or a six-man show with one man playing six parts, the first production of Act II Playhouse’s current season is a comic smash. THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON?, written and performed by Robert Dubac, utilizes a simple but imaginative concept. Dubac portrays a […]

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“ART Isn’t Easy”*…But Act II Playhouse Mines The Laughs

Around the Region May 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm 0 comments

Yasmina Reza’s 1994 comedy (translated by Christopher Hampton) is closing out the Ambler theatre’s successful 12th season.  Directed by Co-Artistic Director Bud Martin, the cast features Ian Merrill Peakes as Serge, Tony Braithwaite as Marc and Pete Pryor as Yvan. Between them, these three Philly favorites have garnered an amazing […]

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PRIDE Goeth Before a Fall—THE PRIDE OF PARNELL STREET at Act II Playhouse in Ambler

Around the Region March 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm 0 comments

For centuries the Irish have been storytellers.  Joyce, Shaw, Synge, Wilde, the list is as long as the island is old.  And plays have been an integral part of that storytelling.   Over the past 20 or 30 years, a new breed of Irish playwright has emerged and Irish theatre has enjoyed a […]

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Here Come the Laughs for HEEERE’S TONY!

Professional Theatre February 9, 2011 at 6:41 am 0 comments

Although I was too young to appreciate him while he was on the air, I’ve since held a special admiration for Johnny Carson. For the 30 years he hosted “The Tonight Show“, he brought a unique brand of humor and class to late night programming. And when Carson stepped off the […]

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A Pessimist’s Guide to Optimism?—The Latest Offering at Act II

Around the Region January 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm 0 comments

Ambler’s Act II Playhouse is currently offering an evening with Philly’s favorite musical comedy performer Mary Martello in a cabaret entitled THE RELUCTANT OPTIMIST.     Fresh off her stint in Annie at the Media Theatre, Ms. Martello has created a pastiche of patter (including a brief history of Ambler) and song […]

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Delightful TEMPEST at Act II in Ambler

Around the Region November 22, 2010 at 6:53 am 0 comments

During its twelve years, Act II has steadily established itself as a solid producer of small scale musicals and plays. So it piqued my interest when I heard they would be mounting their first production of a Shakespeare play—and THE TEMPEST no less. How would their lovely, intimate playing space […]

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