Post Tagged with: "Villanova Theatre"

Sophocles’ Explosive ELECTRA Launches Villanova’s 2016-2017 Season

Press Releases September 14, 2016 at 7:57 am 0 comments

VILLANOVA, PA – Villanova Theatre is proud to present Frank McGuinness’ gripping and suspenseful adaptation of Sophocles’ classic tragedy, ELECTRA, directed by Rev. David Cregan, OSA, PhD, and on stage September 20-October 2, 2016. Cregan’s visionary new production promises a story that is as old as time and as shocking […]

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Villanova Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s MACBETH

Press Releases November 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm 0 comments

VILLANOVA, PA – Professor Emeritus and Former Theatre Department Chair James J. Christy returns to Villanova Theatre to direct a cast of fourteen in a re-imagined production of Shakespeare’s haunting thriller, MACBETH, on stage November 10–22, 2015. Shakespeare’s masterpiece of manipulation, murder, and mayhem has put audiences under a spell […]

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Villanova Theatre presents Sarah Ruhl’s EURYDICE

Press Releases September 29, 2015 at 11:19 am 0 comments

VILLANOVA, PA – Villanova Theatre proudly presents Sarah Ruhl’s poetic reimagining of the classic Greek myth, Eurydice, directed by James Ijames and on stage September 22–October 4, 2015. On the heels of Sarah Ruhl’s successful keynote address at the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium this past spring, Villanova Theatre is thrilled […]

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Reading the Signals: MICHAEL & EDIE at Villanova

Around the Region, Reviews February 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm 0 comments

Villanova Theatre continues their current season with an area premiere of MICHAEL & EDIE by Rachel Bonds. The production is being directed by Philly actor/playwright—and newly appointed Villanova Professor—James Ijames. The titular characters bury themselves amongst the shelves of the book store where they work to escape the tensions of […]

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He Said: BIG LOVE Attacks Big Ideas at Villanova Theatre

Around the Region November 19, 2014 at 7:48 am 0 comments

In her dramaturgical notes for BIG LOVE at Villanova Theatre, Jill Jacobs points out that in the source for the play, “. . . the chorus serves as both chorus and protagonist. Playwright, Charles L. Mee focuses on a modern version of this conceit from Greek Drama to show that […]

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She Said: “Love Trumps All”—Or Does It? BIG LOVE at Villanova

Around the Region November 19, 2014 at 7:49 am 0 comments

Villanova Theatre continues their current season with a production of Charles L. Mee’s provocative BIG LOVE. Directed by Villanova Professor—and Barrymore Award-winner—Harriet Power, BIG LOVE runs on the stage in Vasey Hall from November 11—23, 2014. Mee is known for a Picasso-like approach to playwriting and theatre; he takes found […]

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Villanova Introduces Us to Noel’s ANGELS

Professional Theatre September 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm 0 comments

Villanova Theatre kicks off their 2014-2015 with a rarely produced gem from 1925 by Noel Coward: the sparklingly witty drawing room farce FALLEN ANGELS. Directed by the head of their highly regarded theatre department, Fr. David Cregan, the production runs from September 23—October 5, 2014 on the stage in Vasey […]

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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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Lots of Rhyme, Very Little Reason: THE SCHOOL FOR LIES at Villanova Theatre

Professional Theatre February 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm 0 comments

Mis•an•thrope – a person who does not like other people, a cynic, a pessimist. Villanova University’s Vasey Hall is alive with frivolity as the Theatre Department presents THE SCHOOL FOR LIES, David Ives’ pithy adaptation of Molière’s farce The Misanthrope. Directed by Kathryn MacMillan (Associate Artistic Director at the Lantern […]

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Not Your Mother’s Morality Play—Villanova Puts New Spin on EVERYMAN

Professional Theatre November 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm 0 comments

“Here begynneth a treatyse how þe hye Fader of Heven sendeth Dethe to somon every creature  to come and gyve acounte of theyr lyves in this worlde…” Villanova’s Theatre program continues their 2013-2014 season with an interesting new take on EVERYMAN by Anonymous—and translated by Mark J. Costello. Directed by […]

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Villanova Gives Noir a Nod: RED HERRING

Professional Theatre October 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm 0 comments

DEFINITION: Red herring 1) a logical fallacy that misleads or detracts from the actual issue. 2) a literary device that leads readers or characters towards a false conclusion, often used in mystery or detective fiction. First up for the Villanova Theater’s 2013-2014 season is RED HERRING, an affectionate satire of […]

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SALOMÉ: Rarely Produced Wilde Play Comes to Villanova

Professional Theatre April 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm 0 comments

When one thinks of Oscar Wilde, witty bon mots skewering Victorian repression immediately come to mind.   A serious telling of the death of John the Baptist as revenge by a spurned Salomé does not.  Yet, upon further consideration it makes sense. By Wilde’s lifetime, Salomé had become the ultimate icon […]

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Life in the Age of Technology—British Dramedy Gets US Premiere at Villanova

Professional Theatre February 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm 0 comments

“No man is an island…” I’m sure many of you are familiar with that quote by 17th century poet John Donne.   It kept swirling around in my mind as I watched Torben Betts’ play MUSWELL HILL, now playing at Villanova’s Vasey Hall.  Inspired by observing a couple at a local […]

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Villanova’s HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is a Powerful and Thought-Provoking Ride

Around the Region October 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm 0 comments

It’s seldom that I attend a play that I can actually feel the audience holding their breath with me.  When that happens, the ending of the play is bittersweet.  I’m always relieved the tension is finally eased, but sad for the precious moment I’ll never get back.  That moment lasted […]

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CAROUSEL Takes a Solid Spin at Villanova

Around the Region April 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm 1 comment

Time Magazine named CAROUSEL the best musical of the twentieth century.  I wouldn’t go that far, but I agree it’s Rodgers & Hammerstein’s greatest work.  Like most R&H shows, it borrows heavily from other material; in this case it’s Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 drama LILIOM, which relates the tragic […]

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A Brave Exhibition on Display at Villanova: Tina Howe’s MUSEUM

Around the Region February 10, 2012 at 10:26 am 0 comments

Written in 1976, Tina Howe’s MUSEUM takes place on the final day of a group show of three fictitious contemporary American artists: a conceptual painter who puts white paint on white canvasses (pre Yasmina Reza’s ART), a sculptor who uses organic materials (including animal skeletons) and an artist whose soft-sculpture […]

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Raging Against the Dying of the Light: Villanova presents Marina Carr’s WOMAN AND SCARECROW

Around the Region November 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm 4 comments

Villanova University’s highly respected Theatre Department is beginning an exchange program with Ireland’s celebrated Abbey Theatre; the two institutions will be working together to further enrich their artistic and intellectual traditions.  Students from Villanova will be afforded the opportunity to study with the Abbey in Dublin and artists from there […]

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Villanova Theatre Opens With THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

Around the Region October 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm 0 comments

Villanova Theatre’s season opener is the Shakespearean farce THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. It is a charming 100-minute production inspired by Looney Tunes and the television show Laugh In. Audiences come to Shakespeare expecting complex characters and challenging themes, conveyed by astonishing poetry. Well. . . none of that is present […]

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