I read Abigail Pogrebin’s book STARS OF DAVID a while ago, and couldn’t help wondering how Aaron Harnick, who conceived the idea, was going to make this series of short biographical chapters into a musical. He enlisted some pretty powerful talents to mold the show into a respectable evening’s entertainment. […]Read more ›
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Lynn Nottage’s play, RUINED, about the lives of women attempting to survive in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the twisted remains of humanity in this African nation that Time magazine referred to as “among the worst places on earth.” Three years ago, […]Read more ›
The myth of the artist–the temperamental iconoclast and social outsider for whom standard rules of behavior do not apply—finds some basis in reality with the Latvian-born American painter Mark Rothko (1903-70). Yet the Abstract Expressionist–who railed against being categorized as such–was much more than a bohemian stereotype; he was, in […]Read more ›
The latest production at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, RACE by David Mamet, is one that many theaters will shy away from. The storyline is very controversial, as are the ideas expressed by the characters throughout the production. Still, the skill of the playwright makes this piece engrossing. The plot is […]Read more ›
The Philadelphia Theatre Company’s latest offering is the upbeat musical comedy, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin. If you’ve not seen this show before, the title is about all you need to know about the plot. There is a group of “children” who […]Read more ›