Media Theatre

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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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SIDE SHOW (Media Theatre): Coming together on a small stage

SIDE SHOW is a tricky piece, but there was much to savor at Media Theatre’s production

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Neal Zoren’s BEST OF PHILADELPHIA THEATER, 2016

Neal Zoren chose his favorite productions, directors, and actors from the last year.

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ROMEO & JULIET (Media): A Rose of any other name

The lights show a bare stage; the set is two dilapidated buildings with scaffolding. The curtains intermittently change from day to night with a transient light. The place is Verona,…

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Working with the First National Congress in 1776: Interview with director-choreographer Jennie Eisenhower, part 2

In this, the second of a two-part interview, we talk to Eisenhower about the history behind 1776: The Musical

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1776 And All That: Interview with director-choreographer Jennie Eisenhower

In this, the first of a two-part interview, we talk to Eisenhower about her background and work on the production.

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1776: THE MUSICAL (Media): Not your textbook history production

1776 will make you laugh, might even make you cry, and will most certainly be more enjoyable than the lectures of your middle school history teachers.

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1776 THE MUSICAL (Media): Rollicking romp through history

A rocking, irreverent look at the birth of our nation wrought with lively, believable characters.

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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

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DOGFIGHT (Media): Love and war

Jesse Cline’s production is solid and holds dramatic intensity throughout, but ‘Victoria Mayo elevates a fine staging into one worth remembering.

Kyle Segarra as Bernstein, JP Dunphy as rough Tattoo Artist in DOGFIGHT. Photo by Maura McConnell.
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Q&A with Jesse Cline of Media Music Theatre

Jesse Cline, the artistic director of Media Music Theatre opened the doors of the theater to answer questions about his life, his career as an actor, singer, and director

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Media): Killing Lee’s mockingbird

In directing Christopher Sergel’s dramatic adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Jesse Cline is uncharacteristically too reverential about the material.

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BILLY ELLIOT (Media Theatre): Dance Billy, dance

As usual with 2007 musical version of the 2000 movie, the personal scenes are the strength of this production

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GHOST (Media Theatre): Animating a corpse

Director Jesse Cline doesn’t let GHOST’s musical or lyrical deficiencies stand in his way of making involving theater.

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“My busy, wacky, wonderful life”: Parents on stage and off stage, THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Media Theatre)

The wacky parents of THE ADDAMS FAMILY at the Media Theatre share the joys and difficulties of juggling two lead roles in their lives.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Media Theatre): A weird-family musical

THE ADDAMS FAMILY is such a familiar piece, and beloved by many for various reasons

Ann Crumb, dressed like an exotic bird, ready to take off in her final scene in Sunset Boulevard at the Media Theatre. Photo by Mark Jordan.

SUNSET BOULEVARD (Media Theatre): Ann Crumb as Norma Desmond, the delusional diva

Few singers can do what Ann Crumb can do, namely to transform herself in such versatile ways that people follow her wherever she goes, whether she performs on Broadway or in Media. Crumb, a depowered female King Lear, dominated every scene of SUNSET BOULEVARD in her own dream castle.