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Author Archive | Rachel Beecher

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Review: ‘The War of the Roses’ at Delaware Theatre Company

Based on the iconic novel-turned-film of the same title, The War of the Roses follows the legendary Jonathan and Barbara Rose as their seemingly perfect marriage devolves into a deadly search and destroy mission for each other’s most prized possessions. Author Warren Adler has turned playwright in this adaptation of his book. Telling the story […]

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Review: ‘See What I Wanna See’ at 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia

Based on short stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, See What I Wanna See tells stories of two different time lines questioning truth and faith. Originally work shopped at Williamstown Theater Festival and produced at the Public Theatre, writer and composer Michael John Lachuisa’s unique parallel storyline emphasizes how life mirrors art and vice-versa. Director Megan Nicole […]

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‘Diner: The Musical’ at Delaware Theatre Company

In a Grease meets Jersey Boys coming of age story, Diner: The Musical has a something for everyone. Following a group of friends living in Baltimore, December 1959, the gang confronts spurring problems of adulthood: marriage, sex, career, and everything in between, all while hanging at their beloved Diner. With book by Academy Award-winner Barry […]

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‘The Bald Soprano’ at Curio Theatre Company in Philadelphia

After a somber Handmaid’s Tale, Curio Theatre Company sure changes directions with Eugene Ionesco’s hilariously absurd The Bald Soprano. Director Charlotte Northeast updates this 1950’s English comedy with modern aspects. From Donald Trump to Atari’s Pong seen in the projections, these references add humor to the already hysterical piece. Despite Ionesco’s use of repetition, this […]

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‘Black Nativity’ at Theatre Horizon in Norristown, PA

With an original twist on the classic Christmas story, Horizon Theatre’s joyful Black Nativity overflows with exuberance and heart. The book and songs are a combination of classic Christmas classics as “Joy to the World,” “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” gospel songs, and Poet Langston Hughes’ beautiful words. Act I […]

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‘Underneath the Lintel’ at Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia

To quote Lantern Artistic Director and director of this production Kathryn MacMillan, “Time is the currency by which we negotiate all the relationships in our lives.” And Underneath the Lintel is currency extremely well-spent. Underneath the Lintel entices the audience with the mystery surrounding a 113-year-late library book and a librarian’s quest to discover its […]

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‘Watership Down’ at Simpatico Theatre Project and Drexel University’s Mandell Professionals in Resident Project (MPiRP) in Philadelphia

Watership Down, adapted by John Hildreth from Richard Adams’ novel of the same title, is far away from the world of reality, rich with metaphor and symbolism. Originally produced by Lifeline Theatre, Chicago, IL in 2011, Watership Down addresses such issues as religion, war, government, and free will in its Philadelphia premiere. As a collaboration […]

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‘Playing the Assassin’ at Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE

In my experience, football fans and theater goers don’t frequently overlap, but Playing the Assassin combines these two vastly different fandoms surprisingly successfully. With the second production of their season, Delaware Theatre Company scores another touchdown with Wilmington-based playwright David Robson’s realistic play. Playing the Assassin is based on a true story of an NFL […]

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at Curio Theatre Company in Philadelphia

As I walked through the narrow passageway leading into Curio’s space, I entered into a spacious, deteriorating church to an ominous red lit stage, hearing that it was a two hour and ten minute one-woman show admittedly seemed daunting. However, it’s not nearly that unpromising. Though Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale may be thirty years […]

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