Author Archive | Deb Miller


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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Review: Cirque du Soleil ‘Paramour’ at The Lyric Theatre in NYC

Spectacular circus arts meet vintage-style song-and-dance in Cirque du Soleil’s premiere Broadway musical, Paramour, now playing at the Lyric Theatre. Known for its consummately graceful and death-defying acrobatics, the internationally acclaimed Canadian-based company traditionally performs in big tops and arenas around the world. But this latest venture, for which Jean-François Bouchard is credited as Creative […]

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Review: ‘Cagney’ at The Westside Theatre in NYC

  Renowned as one of the greatest actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood, James Cagney (1899-1986) was a proverbial triple threat who could do it all. And so can Robert Creighton, the star and force behind Cagney The Musical, now playing upstairs at the Westside Theatre. With a book by Peter Colley and music […]

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Review: ‘Our Town’ at Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, NJ

In the 1930s, when Thornton Wilder was unhappy with the state of contemporary theater and felt that something had gone wrong, he created a metatheatrical work that would become an American classic. Eagle Theatre’s production of Our Town, directed by Ted Wioncek III, honors the playwright’s inventive style with a presentation that employs a mostly […]

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Review: ‘In the Community Garden of Earthly Delights’ by The Renegade Company in Philadelphia

  Director/creator Michael Durkin takes his inspiration for The Renegade Company’s latest site-specific performance, In the Community Garden of Earthly Delights, from the famous painting by turn-of-the-16th-century Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch. Presented in partnership with Spirit Forward, the immersive event is in the format of a choose-your-own-path promenade-style pop-up cocktail party in which the audience […]

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Playwright Bruce Graham Discusses His Artistic Process and Thought Process for “White Guy on the Bus”

Following its premiere at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2015, White Guy on the Bus, a new work by Philadelphia’s prolific award-winning playwright Bruce Graham, comes to Passage Theatre in Trenton, NJ, and Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, before moving Off-Broadway to 59E59. The dark and disturbing drama considers the socio-economic inequities, raging anger, and lack […]

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Review: ‘The Elixir of Love’ at Opera Philadelphia

Unrequited longing for a capricious woman of a higher social class can only be cured by a magic potion, or so thinks the lovesick Nemorino when he overhears Adina, the object of his affection, reading aloud the romantic medieval tale of Tristan and Isolde. Soon afterwards, an itinerant charlatan just happens to arrive on the […]

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Review: ‘The Explorers Club’ at Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington

Patterned Oriental carpets, richly aged dark wood paneling, a tufted leather sofa and a tapestry upholstered chair, an exotic collection of art, curiosities, and taxidermy specimens, and other traditional appointments place us in the world of an exclusive private club in London, 1879. Gentlemen scholars and scientific explorers, in three-piece suits and well-trimmed facial hair, […]

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Review: ‘Lacey Ward: Girl Detective’ at The Phenomenal Animals in Philadelphia

The first of Robert Cousins’ four-part series on fictional teenage sleuth Lacey Ward makes its Philadelphia debut with the Phenomenal Animals in a short six-performance run. Self-described as a “less-than-wholesome Nancy Drew parody” in the format of “a choose-your-own-adventure performance,” Lacey Ward: Girl Detective is an ambitious concept that doesn’t live up to its intriguing […]

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