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A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE (BRT): Fall to pieces over Patsy

Someone should sit down and write a dozen Country tunes for Jessica Wagner to record in the style of Patsy Cline.

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ELECTRA (Villanova): Sophocles gets electrified

Review of Sophocles’ Electra at Villanova Theatre

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MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION (Lantern): Thought-provoking amusement

In a Philadelphia theater season with an auspicious beginning, this production of MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION might be the most auspicious of all.

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BATHING IN MOONLIGHT (McCarter): In the pale moonlight

While Nilo Cruz broaches some interesting subjects and often provides his characters with profound things to say, his world premiere play never takes off dramatically.

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THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Media Theatre): Atmospherically moody production

Loveliness and tenderness that breaks through the surface coldness are the hallmarks of the Media’s production of this delicate but sweepingly romantic musical.

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ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION (Act II Playhouse): A vote-getter

Puns, pokes, and irreverent portrayals take the place of debating issues

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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (Hedgerow): Finding Sherlock

Thank goodness for Brock D. Vickers. In adapting one of Conan Doyle’s most popular Sherlock Holmes mysteries, he kept the intense tone of the original.

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Ray Didinger (Simon Canuso Kiley) meets his boyhood hero Tommy McDonald (Ned Pryce) back in the late 1950s in TOMMY & ME. Photo by Paola Nogueras.

TOMMY & ME (Theatre Exile): Theatrical touchdown

A lovely and elegiac look at how a sportswriter developed his love for football and friendship with an Eagles quarterback.

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BOEING BOEING (Hedgerow): 60-second review

It’s difficult to tell which actor provides the most comic energy in Damon Bonetti’s lively and funny production of this farce

Anthony Lawton as Don Adriano de Armado and Peter Schmitz as Holofernes. Photo by Lee A. Butz.

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (PA Shakes): 60-second review

Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper. Lightning, alas, did not strike two years in a row when it came to Pennsylvania Shakespeare’s grand experiment of mounting one of the…

Eleanor Handley as Elvira, Ian Merrill Peaks as Charles, and Karen Peaks as Ruth. Photo by Lee A. Butz.

BLITHE SPIRIT (PA Shakes): 60-second review

Nothing beats watching actors at the top of their game biting into crunchy material and whipping it into a tasty delight.

Ian Merrill Peaks as Petruchio and Eleanor Handley as Katherina in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Photos by Lee A. Butz.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (PA Shakes): Shrewd Shakespeare

A good production that benefits most when it puts farce aside and concentrates on two people using their will to create partnership and harmony

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THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Del Shakes): 60-second review

The emphasis is on the physical comedy in David Stradley’s production

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13: The Musical (Media): 60-second review

Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper. Jesse Cline has a knack for bringing out the best in performers and is especially good at developing young talent. Jason Robert Brown’s…

Keith Hamilton Cobb as Julius Caesar and Spencer Plachy as Mark Antony. Photo by Lee A. Butz

JULIUS CAESAR (PA Shakespeare): A staging come to steal away your hearts

One must praise Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s CAESAR and do everything to keep it from being buried until the maximum number of people see Patrick Mulcahy’s intelligent, timely production.

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ALL THE DAYS (McCarter): An interesting failure

It takes a while for playwright Sharyn Rothstein to show you where she’s going in ALL THE DAYS. Rothstein writes sitcoms, and the formula shows.

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SEE WHAT I WANT TO SEE (11th Hour): 60-second review

Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper. SEE WHAT I WANT TO SEE receives a bravura production from Megan Nicole O’Brien and 11th Hour. But show biz brightness is not always…

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WHITE GUY ON THE BUS (Passage): 60-second review

Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper. Bruce Graham is having the most magnificent year of his playwriting career. His new works so far in 2016, Funnyman and WHITE GUY…