60-Second Review

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CROWNS (McCarter): 60-second review

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

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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…

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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.

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TOUCHTONES (Arden): 60-second review

This treacly throwback neither titillates nor liberates.

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WHICH REMINDS ME (Act II): 60-second review

Tony Braithwaite did it again with another original show

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THE NERD (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

Larry Shue’s 1979 farce has seen better days.

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WEST SIDE STORY (Media Theatre): 60-second review

2018 is Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, and theaters around the country are programming his greatest works in his honor. Delaware County’s Media Theatre has taken the safe approach of presenting perhaps…

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THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (Hedgerow Theatre): 60-second review

A sense of familiarity permeates THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, Matt Tallman’s adaptation of Anthony Hope’s novel of intrigue, adventure, and mistaken identity

Cast of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas In Wales at Walnut Street Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin.

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (Walnut Street): 60-second review

Written by Welshman Dylan Thomas in the 1950s, A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES is every nostalgic Christmas trope with song thrown in, and it’s totally delightful.

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RUMORS (Allens Lane Theater): 60-second review

Noel Hanley’s masterful treatment of Neil Simon’s RUMORS exemplifies a farce done right.

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HANDLE WITH CARE (Montgomery Theater): 60-second review

HANDLE WITH CARE is brilliantly seasoned with humor—the type found when differing cultures collide.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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HOLLY’S DEAD SOLDIERS (Chris Davis, Bruce Walsh and Douglas Williams): 60-second review

Adapting Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s but not pulling verbatim from the novella, three playwrights have created a special experience in a Point Breeze row home.

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RUMORS (BRT): 60-second review

New York City deputy mayor Charlie Brock and his wife Myra are hosting a posh party, but something is amiss.