Mary Martello

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM-Walnut Street Theatre-review

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Walnut): A funny thing is happening now at the Walnut

Sondheim’s classic musical in a new production is directed by Frank Ferrante.

Photo by Mark Garvin.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Walnut Street Theatre): 60-second review

The promise of “something for everyone” is both too little and too much.

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2017 Barrymore nominees: In their own words

Phindie asked this year’s crop of Barrymore Award nominees about their experience of being nominated.

Veronica Nardo (left) and Caroline Dooner in GYPSY at Arden Theatre Company through June 25th.  Photo by Mark Garvin.

GYPSY (Arden): A self-aware musical

Another take on the Arden’s GYPSY

Photo by Mark Garvin.

GYPSY (Arden Theatre): Mary’s turn

Martello shines in an otherwise confused production of this classic musical.

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THE CAROLS (1812 Productions): Ghost of past holiday movies brought to comic life

A great entertainment present for Philly’s Christmas present.

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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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Lantern to Honor Mary Martello and Richard Vague at its RITE OF SPRING Benefit

Award-winning actress Mary Martello and philanthropic businessman Richard Vague are the Luminary Award honorees at Lantern Theater Company’s 2016 spring fundraising gala.

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THE THREE MARIES (no Attytude productions): Philly Phun on Broad Street

This celebration of all things Philly and silly gets the audience strutting in their seats and laughing as they leave. Shakespeare it’s not, but Ogborn and the producers hope it will be adopted as a Philadelphia staple with a life of its own.

Ben Dibble, winner of "Best Actor" for his role in Herringbone at Flashpoint Theatre.

Picks for Best in Theater, 2014/15, by Philly Reviewer Neal Zoren

Each year, Philadelphia-based reviewer Neal Zoren announces his choices for the Helen and Morris Zoren Awards for World Theater. A fair number of the picks on Neal’s list are performers and productions from the Philadelphia area.

Ben Dibble in DOUBT. Photo by Mark Garvin.

DOUBT: A Parable (Lantern): Some things are certain

It may be daunting for theaters to produce the original theatrical source for a well-regarded movie, but Lantern Theater Company’s DOUBT shows why some plays are worth reclaiming for the stage.

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MARY POPPINS (Walnut): Flying between lightness and gravitas

In doing MARY POPPINS, a director has to decide between approaches: light and fantastical like the movie or darker like the book.

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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.

Ian Merrill Peakes, Mary Martello, and Paul L. Nolan in Arden Theatre Company’s Incorruptible by Michael Hollinger. Photo by Mark Garvin

INCORRUPTIBLE (Arden): Laughter in the monastery

The set of Michael Hollinger’s witty INCORRUPTIBLE looks like it has been there for hundreds of years, transporting one back to the days of monks and minstrels. At the Abbey…

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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.

Megan Bellwoar (standing) and Mary Martello (seated) as Maureen and Mag Folan in Lantern Theater Company’s production of Martin McDonagh’s THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE. Photo by Mark Garvin.

A Darker Emerald Isle: Lantern’s THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

The Lantern Theater Company’s production of THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE completes its presentation of Martin McDonagh’s Leenane Trilogy, following 2007’s THE LONESOME WEST and 2011’s A SKULL IN CONNEMARA….