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THEATER REVIEW: In The Importance of Being Earnest, Victorian Bark Without the Bite

How do you like your Earnest?  Many modern productions of Oscar Wilde’s beloved, still delectable comedy of manners have, interpretively speaking, gone to town. We’ve […]

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THEATRE REVIEW: Old Meets New and East Meets West in The King and I

Bartlett Sher, one of America’s busiest and most accomplished directors, has worked in every medium from straight plays to opera—but he’s won particular acclaim for […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Murder on the Orient Express Arrives at McCarter by Way of Hollywood

I’m going to tell you whodunnit, and it’s not a spoiler. Are you ready? It’s film director Sidney Lumet—and what he did, in his 1974 […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Worlds Collide in Lantern Theater’s Coriolanus

It begins thrillingly. At Lantern Theater, the skirmishes of ancient Rome in Coriolanus have a high-stakes muscularity that instantly grabs the audience, and doesn’t let […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In The Lyons, The Family That Stays Together… Probably Shouldn’t

Rita Lyons is the least cuddly Jewish mother you’ve ever seen. If you don’t believe me, just ask her kids (daughter Lisa and son Curtis). […]

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THEATER REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

In moments of stress, Christopher, the 15-year-old, brilliant but troubled hero of The Curious Incident of the Dog, comforts himself with facts, numbers, and a search […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In Sh*theads, A Bicycle Shop is a Cross Section of America

Don’t take this the wrong way, but if Douglas Williams’ Shitheads were the pilot of a TV workplace comedy (and it’s much more than that) […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Lost Girls Doesn’t Find Its Tone

As America learns more every day, many of us are just a step away from catastrophe.  So it is for Maggie, a Manchester, New Hampshire […]

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THEATER REVIEW: More is More in The Bodyguard

Posted at the Academy of Music: Guest Alert! Strobe lighting, loud gun effects and lasers will be used during the performance. But hey, wait—they forgot […]

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OPERA REVIEW: Tancredi had Pomp, Circumstance, and a Whole Lot of Voice

There’s a lot to be said for the old-fashioned pleasures. Opera Philadelphia’s Tancredi was a throwback on several levels—starting with the work itself, one of […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In Leper & Chip, Parallel Lives Meet on a Troubled Path

Leper & Chip lasts just over an hour, and has two actors on a nearly empty stage. If you’re wondering how much can happen under […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In The Enchanted, Life and Death in Wonderland

What is it about the French? I think of myself as a reasonably educated, intelligent person—in most rooms, I can hold my own. But put […]

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This Is Us Actor Brings His Play Lost Girls to Philly

John Pollono is most comfortable in the theater, where a playwright has the final word. When he’s acting on television or in a movie, or […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Magic by the Lake in EgoPo’s The Seagull

You can count on EgoPo artistic director Lane Savadove for interesting ideas, and there some knockouts in his provocative take on The Seagull.  The trouble […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In Having Our Say, Folk Wisdom Dispensed with a Hallmark Twinkle

Sadie and Bessie Delany lived to be 109 and 104 respectively. In itself, that’s a considerable achievement—yet it’s only the beginning for these accomplished (and, […]