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REVIEW: At Walnut Studio, Andrew Llloyd Webber with Tears but no Chandeliers

In 1979, Andrew Lloyd Webber, King of the Large-Format Musical, went small. The result, in collaboration with lyricist Don Black, is Tell Me on a […]

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REVIEW: Noises Off is a Wild Night in the Theater

From the moment Michael Frayn’s Noises Off premiered nearly four decades ago, it was rapturously anointed the greatest British farce ever written. Time has only […]

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REVIEW: In A Steady Rain, Crime Stories at Arm’s Length

Two actors, two chairs, and some harrowing stories. The ingredients are spare, but so is a lot of powerful theater. The long, narrow tennis court-style […]

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REVIEW: In The Humans, Things That Go Bump in the Night

What is the distance between Scranton, PA and Manhattan? Google Maps tells us it’s 123 miles (around 2 hours 15 minutes with light traffic). But […]

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REVIEW: Baskerville Serves Up a Chamber-Sized, Jokey Sherlock Holmes

When playwright Ken Ludwig’s high energy but slender Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery last came to town, the stars of the show were its design […]

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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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THEATER REVIEW: At Walnut Street, Maybe Too Much Laughter on the 23rd Floor

In the mid-1980s, Neil Simon, whose meteoric career as the King of Broadway had dimmed a decade earlier, got a reboot.  With his Brighton Beach […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Last of the Red Hot Lovers — Comedy That May Not Have Stood the Test of Time

If you know anything about Neil Simon—America’s beloved playwright, whose zingy New York comedies were the 1960s Broadway gold standard—you’ll probably have guessed that the […]

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Arts List: 6 Shows to See This Week

Macbeth @ Prince Theater | Friday, September 23 The Saturday and Sunday performances of this Fringe Festival offering from Third World Bunfight are sold out, […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Love in the Midst of War in South Pacific

In the opening moments of South Pacific at Walnut Street Theatre, the orchestra plays the intoxicating strains of “Bali H’ai” as we watch a slide […]

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Theater Review: Peter and the Starcatcher at Walnut Street May Be Too Much of a Good Thing

How you feel about Peter and the Starcatcher — the immensely clever, mind-bogglingly energetic show on stage at the Walnut Street Theatre — may depend […]

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Theater Review: Red has Intimacy Issues

Context can change everything. Four years ago, when I first saw John Logan’s Red, not much grabbed me — until the midpoint, when a wordless scene […]

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REVIEW: Harvey at the Walnut Street Theatre

As a critic, I know I shouldn’t equate one actor with another. It’s simplistic and reductive — artists should be judged on their own merits, and every good […]

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REVIEW: Becoming Dr. Ruth at Walnut Street Theatre

In the 1980s, America collectively fell head over heels in love with Dr. Ruth Westheimer. And why wouldn’t we? The diminutive German-born therapist was a […]

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REVIEW: A Christmas Story at Walnut Street Theatre

It’s an odd thing about holiday season musicals. On one hand, they’re often very successful – at least between November and January – with a […]