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REVIEW: Fern Hill Goes Far Too Gentle Into That Good Night

In Michael Tucker’s Fern Hill, three couples—ages ranging from 60s to 80s—are gathered in a lovely farm house in upstate New York. Presumably, Tucker means […]

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REVIEW: PSF’s All’s Well That Ends Well is the Comfortable Side of Extreme

I don’t know who at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival came up with the “Extreme Shakespeare” brand, but they deserve a raise. It’s a great term, […]

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REVIEW: In Titus Andronicus, the Son Will Come Out, Tamora

Before heading out on Saturday morning to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey for Titus Andronicus—a play I hadn’t read in decades and had never […]

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REVIEW: At the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the Poetic Richard II is made Prosaic

It’s a myth that lightning can’t strike the same place twice, but it proves true for a pair of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival repertory productions. Shakespeare in […]

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REVIEW: PSF’s Shakespeare in Love is a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Over the past two decades, Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love has—for Bardolators, especially—been the gift that keeps on giving. First, as a beguiling […]

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REVIEW: In His Girl Friday at Hedgerow, Screwball Comedy That’s Trying Too Hard

Of how many famous plays can it be said that their film adaptation was a major step up?  One for sure is The Front Page. […]

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Does the World Really Need a Mr. Rogers Drag Queen Musical Right Now?

The new Mr. Rogers documentary is currently getting rave reviews over at the Ritz East in Old City. Meanwhile, a very different kind of Mr. […]

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REVIEW: Disney’s Aladdin at the Academy of Music – A Magic Carpet Ride with an Unscheduled Stop

Even the most polished theatrical productions sometimes encounter a roadblock. On opening night, Disney’s Aladdin at the Academy of Music hit two. In Act I, a golden stalactite […]

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REVIEW: In Maria Marten, Legitimate Performance Meets Variety Entertainment

There really was a Maria Marten. In Suffolk, England in 1827, she was murdered by her lover, William Corder. The sketchy and sad details include […]

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REVIEW: 11th Hour’s Big Red Sun Leaves Big Lingering Questions

As you are watching Big Red Sun, I recommend you focus on the aspect of it that celebrates American popular music of the 1940s. Georgia Stitt (the […]

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REVIEW: At Lantern’s Don’t Dress for Dinner, There’s a Heavy Hand in the Kitchen

A running gag in Don’t Dress for Dinner, Marc Camoletti’s hit French farce—on stage at Lantern Theater Company in a snappy adaptation by Robin Hawdon—involves […]

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REVIEW: Fun Home at the Arden Theatre Is Family Drama Seen Up Close

I think of Fun Home as The Little Engine That Could musical. Based on a graphic memoir by lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the story—about growing up […]

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REVIEW: Inis Nua’s Charolais is a Bovine Comedy

Take it from Siobhan: rural Ireland isn’t all jigs and soda bread. Farm life is alternately dull and strenuous, especially when (like Siobhan) you’re very […]

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REVIEW: Orbiter 3’s A People: Show Far, Show Good

In the beginning, the people shall be greeted by a delightful pair of vaudeville-comedy rabbis, calling the audience to order with a shofar. Well, you […]

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REVIEW: In Turning Off the Morning News, Christopher Durang Returns with a Bang

Welcome back, Christopher Durang! I’ve missed you. Let me clarify. Durang has been far from MIA. Though it’s been six years since his last premiere, […]