Author Archive | Deb Miller

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Humorously Horrendous Haunted Hideaway’

If you’re a fan of the fright genre and nostalgic for classic Saturday morning TV shows for kids, Playlab NYC’s Humorously Horrendous Haunted Hideaway will have you screaming with laughter! Written and directed by Kevin P. Hale, the one-hour parody is filled with funny faux fear, loaded with lots of alliteration, and punctuated with preposterous […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘The Intriguing Engagements of Frances and Meg Cheatham, Ladies of Society’

As two upper-crust English sisters of marriageable age in the Victorian era, Mia Hutchinson-Shaw and Natalia Dyer bring new meaning to sibling rivalry in the titular roles of Adaire Kamen’s The Intriguing Engagements of Frances and Meg Cheatham, Ladies of Society. Under the direction of Jose Gamo, their bearings, mannerisms, spot-on accents, and distinctive emotions […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘The Theatre Made in Paradise’

What better reason to leave Elizabethan England than to stage a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the New World and to found an indie theater there? That’s the witty premise of playwright Jonathon Ward’s The Theatre Made in Paradise. Well, that and a whole lot more! The entertaining comedy-with-a-moral intertwines the narrative of the […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Algorithmism’

Traditionally, one of the defining factors of human civilization is a society that creates art. But are the hand, mind, and emotions of the artist integral parts of the creative process, or can the subjective human element inherent in art and creativity be replaced by artificial intelligence and a mathematical formula? Can an artist, as […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Till Birnam Wood’

Philadelphia’s John Schultz brings an immersive sensory experience to FringeNYC with Till Birnam Wood, an original adaptation of Macbeth. Already a hit in the 2014 and 2015 Philly Fringe Festivals, the one-hour condensed version of the Scottish play of blind ambition and guilt, foreboding, fate, and death is presented in an intense fast-paced hour, with […]

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Review: ‘A Class Act’ at New World Stages in NYC

As a practicing trial and class-action lawyer for 46 years, playwright Norman Shabel has seen the American legal system from the inside, and it isn’t pretty. He draws on that first-hand experience for his latest behind-the-scenes drama A Class Act, now in production Off-Broadway for a limited run at New World Stages, following its spring […]

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Review: ‘Tink!’ at the New York Musical Festival in NYC

From Peter and The Starcatcher to Finding Neverland, the ever popular tale of Peter Pan continues to inspire original interpretations for the theater. A different take on J.M. Barrie’s beloved children’s classic Peter Pan, or, The Boy Who Never Grew Up, Tink!, presented in the 2016 New York Musical Festival, tells the backstory of the […]

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2016 Philadelphia FringeArts Preview: Exploring Food Culture with Applied Mechanics and The Renegade Company

There are more than 175 shows in this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival, spanning eleven different genres and covering a wide array of subjects. Two experimental Fringe regulars, Applied Mechanics and The Renegade Company, are each creating food-based pieces for September’s big event, considering the greater context of what we eat and sharing a communal meal […]

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Review: ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at The Delaware Shakespeare Festival in Wilmington, DE

  Two sets of twins create twice the confusion and double the laughs in The Comedy of Errors, Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 selection for its annual outdoor offering at Wilmington’s Rockwood Park. One of Shakespeare’s shortest works, and also one of his earliest (1594), the Bard’s so-called “apprentice comedy” is the perfect light-hearted fare for […]

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Review: ‘Rob McClure: Smile’ at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC

Talent, showmanship, and charm—Rob McClure has it all, and he brings it all to Feinstein’s/54 Below with Rob McClure: Smile, his premiere solo concert in New York City. The pride of New Jersey (where he was born and raised), Philadelphia (where he lives), and Broadway (where he’s currently appearing as Nick Bottom in Something Rotten!) […]

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Entertainment and More at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia

Located just 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia, the freshly renovated Valley Forge Casino Resort offers visitors a wide range of activities, from gaming and swimming to fine dining and live entertainment. The summer and fall line-up of shows includes a variety of internationally renowned acts, with something to appeal to everyone, making it a prime destination […]

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An Interview with Hannah Van Sciver on ‘Doing Whatever’s Scary!’

After receiving a classical education at the University of Pennsylvania and graduating with a degree in English and a minor in Theater in 2014, Hannah Van Sciver has appeared in productions at Shakespeare in Clark Park, Revolution Shakespeare, and The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. But along with the classics, she has also done some more contemporary […]

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Review: ‘Everything’s Fine!’ at the SoLow Festival in Philadelphia

Directed by local theater artist Tommy Butler, #theaternow’s entry in Philadelphia’s 2016 SoLow Festival is New-York-based Alex Clothier’s delightfully eccentric reminiscences about his Midwestern family, Everything’s Fine! Part stand-up comedy, part autobiographical storytelling, part improvisation and audience participation, the one-hour one-man show, which premiered in March 2015, as part of Passage Theatre’s “Solo Flights” in […]

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Review: ‘Julius Caesar’ at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Center Valley, PA

For the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s current production of Julius Caesar, Director Patrick Mulcahy views the Bard’s ancient Roman history through a post-modern lens. Set in an imagined future, with a mash-up of references to the past and present, the universality of Shakespeare’s themes and his observations on human behavior are undeniable and enduring. The focus […]

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Review: ‘Muddled’ at The Drexel URBN Annex in Philadelphia

Following his 2013 hit No Reservations, best-selling author, humorist, and playwright Josh Piven brings a new work to the Philadelphia stage with the world premiere of Muddled, an original satire on the generation gap, throwback bars and digital devices, and being stuck in the carefree years of your youth, though time, along with the rest […]

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