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Author Archive | Michael Kelly

Sisi Wright. Photo by Paola Nogueras.

Review: ‘Intimate Apparel’ at Villanova Theatre

Villanova Theatre’s final production for 2017 is Intimate Apparel, directed by Valerie Joyce. The play, penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, tells the story of Esther Mills (played by Sisi Wright), an African-American seamstress in early 20th Century Manhattan. Esther, who pines for a life of independence and romance, finds herself trapped by her […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Speculum Diaries’

  In the opening moments of Speculum Diaries, Irina Varina’s self-portrait-in-motion now playing at 1fiftyOne gallery, she bashfully confesses, “This is the story of a happy girl.” She adds, however, that it may be, “Hard to define.” Loneliness and alienation—the elusive specters inhabiting Speculum Diaries’ tender environs—rarely are. Originally conceived as a three-minute living diary, […]

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