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THE NICETIES (McCarter Theatre): What revolution?

Eleanor Burgess’s play addresses current debates with careful but sweeping intelligence.

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ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG (Delaware Theatre Company): Channeling Ella Fitzgerald

Freda Payne does some lovely singing in ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG, a biographical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

NOISES OFF (Walnut St): Hi-jinks prevail

The chestnut sails in Frank Anzalone’s production of NOISES OFF at the Walnut Street Theatre, but not consistently.

I WILL NOT GO GENTLY (People’s Light): Third time’s a charm

I’ve gone from a fan and admirer to an enthusiastic supporter of Jen Childs in I WILL NOT GO GENTLY.

SCHOOL OF ROCK (National tour at the Academy of Music): Amiable mediocrity

Most things are destined to be average, even musicals that have managed to stay on Broadway for a couple of years.

FROZEN (Isis Productions): Forgiveness, redemption, and moving on

Neill Hartley’s ensemble for FROZEN makes the most of all the emotion and thoughtfulness Bryony Lavery invests in his play of forgiveness, redemption, and moving on.

THE BLUEST EYE (Arden): Bringing Toni Morrison to the stage

In adapting THE BLUEST EYE, Lydia R. Diamond trusts Toni Morrison.

CROWNS (McCarter): 60-second review

Regina Taylor’s CROWNS is an entertaining and telling musical about traditions among African-American women

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE (Media Theatre): 60-second review

Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper. Vocally, Jenny Lee Stern channels Patsy Cline. The clean, heartfelt sounds register. Physically, I kept seeing Judy Garland and began hoping Stern, a known…

LYDIE BREEZE PART 2: AIPOTU (EgoPo): Seeking utopia

EgoPo’s presentation of John Guare’s Lydie Breeze continues with a look at a New England utopia.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (People’s Light): An intense retelling of a familiar story

David Bradley’s production of this classic is a sterling example of a strong scripts coupled with a great ensemble.

MARIE ANTOINETTE (Curio): You say you want a revolution?

Danton, Marat, Robespierre, and their ilk have mostly been forgotten, while the guillotined Marie retains fame.

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

Frank Ferrante can turn into his boyhood and current idol, Groucho Marx, on a dime.

NEXT TO NORMAL (Media Theatre): Powerful and poignant

Krissy Fraelich’s riveting central performance blends with the perfection of Geoffrey Goldberg’s direction to make this production not only powerful and poignant.