Post Tagged with: "Allens Lane Theater"

Quasi Quixotic QUAKE at Allens Lane Theater

Reviews October 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm 0 comments

My first time on stage was at the Allens Lane Theater. Almost forty years and over a hundred theater experiences later, I got to return and watch the quirky play QUAKE written by Melanie Marnich. QUAKE chronicles the travels of Lucy who quite abruptly engages in a quixotic journey to […]

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Let’s Dance—Allens Lane Season Ender About Isadora Duncan: WHEN SHE DANCED

Reviews May 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm 0 comments

Mt. Airy’s Allens Lane Arts Center is closing out their current theatrical season with WHEN SHE DANCED by Martin Sherman. Directed by Maurizio Giammarco, the play deals with the later life of iconic dancer Isadora Duncan, and will run in the Center’s cabaret style theatre from May 2nd to the […]

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POLAROID STORIES @ Allens Lane—Waiting for Something to Develop

Reviews December 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm 0 comments

The second offering in Allens Lane Arts Center’s current season is Naomi Iizuka’s 1997 play POLAROID STORIES. Directed by Sarah Mittledorf, the piece is on the Mt. Airy company’s stage from November 22nd to December 7th. Iizuka was born in Tokyo to an American-Latina mother and a Japanese father; she […]

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Heartwarming PURLIE VICTORIOUS at Allens Lane Theatre

Reviews October 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm 1 comment

“…And, finally, our Theatre will say segregation is ridiculous because it makes perfectly wonderful people, white and black, do ridiculous things!”~from Purlie’s I.O.U. Allens Lane Arts Center is celebrating 60 years of live theatre this season. First on the boards is Ossie Davis’ 1961 comedy PURLIE VICTORIOUS, running at the […]

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Jackie Sherman as Gabrielle York and Jesse Lehman as Gabriel Law in WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING by Andrew Bovell directed by Robert Bauer at Allens Lane Theater through May 18.


Reviews May 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm 0 comments

In the opening scene of Australian playwright Andrew Bovell’s WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING, the audience is both startled and perplexed by a lamenting wail and a fish dropped from the sky. I couldn’t help but wonder what I was in for. It’s 2039 in Alice Springs, Australia, when we […]

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Plenty of ‘Play’ in MELANCHOLY PLAY at Allens Lane

Reviews March 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm 0 comments

In this thoroughly delightful farce of the absurd, the longing for love and the desire for more than life’s less lively apects can offer is explored through one woman’s pervasive aura of melancholy. Her beautiful melancholia is such that it transcends those around her and causes them to wallow in […]

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Fabulous ‘Constantine’, Problematic Modernization in THE SEAGULL at Allens Lane

Reviews January 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm 0 comments

Comedy or Drama? This question has obsessed theater artists since the Moscow Art Theater first presented THE SEAGULL over one hundred years ago. Chekhov, who carefully observed numerous artists, including himself, found much to enjoy in the antics of these desperate, narcissistic creative types, who often had trouble distinguishing the […]

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“Curtain Up!” Podcast – Inaugural Episode

Podcasts April 30, 2013 at 12:37 am 0 comments

  This is the inaugural episode of Stage Magazine’s “Curtain Up!” podcast.  Hosted by Chris Laning, each weekly episode will give you a run down of the shows opening that upcoming weekend.  What a great way to find out, quickly and easily what is going on in and around […]

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CHILDE BYRON Needed More of a Life

Reviews October 4, 2012 at 8:57 am 0 comments

Romulus Linney’s CHILDE BYRON opened at Allens Lane Theater Friday evening.  The story chronicles the life of the venerated yet controversial poet from the late 18thcentury through the eyes of his daughter Ada Lovelace, skillfully played by Jennifer Summerfield.  Ada summons the spirit of Byron and steps into the role […]

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Plenty Of Laughs in WONDER OF THE WORLD at Allens Lane Theater

Reviews May 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm 1 comment

The laughter begins almost immediately in WONDER OF THE WORLD.  Cass Harris is leaving her husband of seven years, Kip, because she has found out his guilty secret.  I won’t reveal the secret (no spoilers here), but it involves the name Vivian.  Kip is, naturally, distressed, but even there, the […]

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Lynn Nottage’s CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY at Allens Lane

Reviews January 23, 2012 at 11:33 am 0 comments

Now I had a rather sheltered childhood in the suburbs of the 1960s; I have no personal frame of reference for the struggles of black Americans during the first half of the 20th century. The closest I can come is being left-handed in a right-handed world. Playwright Lynn Nottage has […]

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STRING OF PEARLS Is A Gem At Allens Lane

Reviews May 7, 2011 at 10:54 am 0 comments

Michele Lowe’s STRING OF PEARLS is about a strand of perfectly rounded gems exchanging ownership, and the emotional affect they bring to the women who possess them. That said, now get six actresses, split the 27 roles among them, and let them go. The zeal shown by Anne Bailis, Ginny […]

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WTC VIEW at Allens Lane Theater: Rarely Produced, Must Be Seen

Reviews March 13, 2011 at 10:51 am 0 comments

I was in seventh grade, sitting in my social studies class when I found out that a plane had hit The World Trade Center. To be honest, I didn’t quite know what The World Trade Center was. To me it was just “another building” in New York City. It’s amazing […]

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HARD TIMES is Hard to Judge

Reviews January 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm 2 comments

Allens Lane Theater’s latest production, Charles Dickens’ HARD TIMES, is an interesting piece. The play is based on the tenth novel by the famous author, first published in 1854, and is aimed at highlighting the social and economic pressures of the times. The novel was serialized in its initial publishing, […]

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IN THE BLOOD Gets Under the Skin at Allens Lane Theater

Reviews November 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm 1 comment

IN THE BLOOD, by playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama, is a poignantly portrayed tragedy about Hester La Negrita (portrayed by Tené Fletcher), an impoverished mother of five bastard children by five different fathers.Mother and children, whom she refers to as […]

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