Fran Prisco

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Walnut): Stayin’ Alive

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is a white-washed adaptation of the classic movie, with double the music and none of the soul. Director/choreographer Richard Stafford seems terrified of losing audience attention for…

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THE WIZARD OF OZ (Walnut): Just like you remember it!

There’s no place like home, and this winter you don’t need to drive very far to learn that lesson again at the Walnut Street Theater’s musical THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Alison T. Chi and Ben Michael in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC at Walnut Street Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin.

SOUTH PACIFIC (Walnut): A pleasure among the palm trees

One of the great Broadway musicals, SOUTH PACIFIC is always a pleasure.

Jeff Coon. Photo by  Andrew Joos.

Summer Club: Swinging on the Shore

This weekend, while the cheese-steak crowd is piling into Wildwood, sophisticated Philadelphians go on their annual pilgrimage to Cape May to experience the latest program of The Summer Club.

Dogfight soldiers, Media Theatre. 
Photo by Maura McConnell.

Putting the fight in DOGFIGHT: Interview with JP Dunphy, multitalented actor, singer, and dancer

Part two of our interview with JP Dunphy details his preparations as an actor for a wide range of demanding roles

Kyle Segarra as Bernstein, JP Dunphy as rough Tattoo Artist in DOGFIGHT. Photo by Maura McConnell.
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HARVEY (Walnut): Burns slow, then hops right along

The story is a little dated, but that is part of its charm, like watching a Norman Rockwell painting come to life.

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9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL (Walnut Street): Performance over plot

Sharp performances keep 9 TO 5 so consistently entertaining it masks a contrived plot and mediocre music and lyrics.

Walnut Street Theatre, Arsenic and Old Lace, Damon Bonetti and Jennie Eisenhower

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (Walnut Street Theatre): Macabre Madcap Comedy Classic

The historic Walnut Street Theatre celebrates two milestones with its mainstage presentation of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, written by New York playwright Joseph Kesselring in 1939: the play’s 75th anniversary and its own 205th landmark season. Directed by Charles Abbott, the Walnut Street’s crackerjack production (in association with Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA) whips up the perfect concoction of murder, mayhem, and misplaced “mercy,” topped with a large dollop of macabre madness, in this delectable recipe for hilarity.