Author Archive | Deb Miller

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A Conversation about Women and Aging with Jennifer Childs and Harriet Power of 1812 Productions’ ‘I Will Not Go Gently’

Reaching middle age and beyond has long been a topic for popular commentary on the human condition, from the commonplace that “Growing old isn’t bad when you consider the alternative” to Bette Davis’s famous observation that “Old age ain’t no place for sissies!” 1812 Productions’ producing artistic director and co-founder Jennifer Childs is joining in […]

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Preview: A Unique Partnership for ‘He Who Gets Slapped’ by the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

When the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (PAC) decided to schedule He Who Gets Slapped for its mainstage production of spring 2016, the all-classics company recognized the opportunity it offered to forge an exciting partnership for the show with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Russian playwright Leonid Andreyev’s little-known and rarely produced dark comedy, now celebrating […]

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‘ShakesBEER: A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Manayunk Theatre Company in Philadelphia

Sir John Falstaff would be proud! Manayunk Theatre Company’s one-night script-in-hand-and-beer-in-the-other-hand staged reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the sixth in its quarterly ShakesBEER series, with this one moved from Lucky’s Last Chance to the larger space of Manayunk Brewing Company to accommodate the growing number of followers. In the spirit of New York’s […]

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Review: ‘Rumors’ at Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, PA

There’s nothing like a door-slammer farce for pure escapist fun and Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s Rumors provides just that. When the show premiered in 1988, the playwright revealed that he was going through a rough time in his life (the death of his son-in-law and the end of his marriage), so he […]

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Review: ‘Richard III’ at People’s Light and Theatre Company in Malvern, PA

Shakespeare’s bloody history of Richard III, presented in a stunning production at People’s Light and Theatre Company, is filled with blind ambition, violent power struggles, and remorseless killings, with the end goal of gaining control of the embattled English throne. Director Samantha Reading sees in the story of the 15th-century King parallels to our own […]

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Review: ‘The Women’ at EgoPo Classic Theater in Philadelphia

If your best friends’ husbands were cheating on them, would you tell them? Or would you tell everyone else? The second installment of EgoPo Classic Theater’s 2015-16 “Season of American Giants II” is a reimagined version of The Women, a scathing comedy of [bad] manners by Clare Boothe Luce, which skewers the deplorable behavior rampant […]

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Liz Filios Takes on Shakespeare in ‘As You Like It’ at Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia

A multiple Barrymore Award winner, Liz Filios has twice been recognized as Best Actress in a Musical for her lead roles in Midsummer [a play with songs] at Inis Nua Theatre Company in 2014–the same year she received the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist–and for Passion at the Arden Theatre Company in 2015. In addition […]

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Erik Ransom Discusses his Staged Reading of ‘More Than All the World’ on March 15th at York Theatre Company in New York City

Known for his bold cutting-edge artistry and glam-rock/drag personae, Erik Ransom commands the stage as a singer, musician, and actor, and behind the scenes as a composer, lyricist, and playwright. Among Ransom’s past successes, as both creator and star, are Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions, in which he takes an irreverent post-modern look […]

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Review: ‘Local Girls’ at Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia

Diskit (Anna Zaida Szapiro) is a high-school junior and a wiz at chemistry; Riley (Mary Tuomanen) is a senior in a heavy metal band who is failing her chemistry class. When Diskit (“It’s a family name”) is assigned to tutor Riley (“languishing in a cage of sloth”), they laughably affect the all-too-familiar antipathy between ‘the […]

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Review: ‘Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles’ at The Merriam Theater in Philadelphia

From the British Invasion to the Psychedelic Sixties, the Fab Four from Liverpool defined the music and lifestyle of the watershed decade of our post-modern era. Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles recreates the ground-breaking chart-topping classics of the legendary band and the worldwide phenomenon of Beatlemania in an all-ages multimedia spectacular that stirs the […]

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Review: ‘Cold Mountain’ at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia

Charles Frazier’s 1997 award-winning best-selling debut novel, adapted into an Oscar-winning feature film starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renée Zellweger in 2003, is now a new American opera. Cold Mountain, with music by Philadelphia-based Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon and libretto by Gene Scheer, is currently celebrating its east-coast premiere at Opera Philadelphia, in […]

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Review: ‘The Government Inspector’ at Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium in Philadelphia

First performed in 1836, The Government Inspector–playwright Nikolai Gogol’s unrelenting farce on socio-political corruption in Imperial Russia–has long been considered an important precursor to Theater of the Absurd of the mid-20th century. Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Philadelphia’s only company devoted exclusively to the absurdist genre, captures all the pandemonium of Gogol’s influential work in a madcap production […]

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Review: ‘Dogfall’ at Iron Age Theatre in Philadelphia

Dismal, drab, and grimy, the site-specific setting of Iron Age Theatre’s Philadelphia premiere of Dogfall in the subterranean space of The Power Plant, sparsely furnished with two metal cots, piles of sandbags, stacks of footlockers, and crates of canned peas, immediately plunges the audience into the bleak life of soldiers holding post in an underground […]

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Review: ‘Assassins’ at The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, NJ

Is there a more relevant topic in contemporary America, while gun control is being hotly debated by the presidential candidates, Congress, and the voting populace, than a look at gun violence via the murderers and would-be killers of US presidents? Based on an original concept by Charles Gilbert, Jr., Assassins, with music and lyrics by […]

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