Author Archive | Tim Dunleavy

Samantha Bowling and Kittson O'Neill. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Review: ‘Informed Consent’ at Lantern Theater Company

Jillian, the main character of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play Informed Consent, is a genetic anthropologist – a scientist who has studied DNA for years and is still amazed at what she learns from it. She marvels at what DNA tells us about how similar people are. “All humans are 99.9 percent the same genetically,” she […]

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Review: The Arden Cabaret Series: ‘Tell Me A Story: ’Tis the Season’ at the Arden Theatre

Since its introduction last season, the Arden Theatre’s cabaret season has provided a dependable stream of the city’s best performers providing old songs, new songs, and comedy. But the latest entry in the series was something else altogether. On Saturday night, the Arden presented a one-night event called Tell Me A Story: ’Tis the Season. […]

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Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at the Players Club of Swarthmore

The Players Club of Swarthmore’s new production of Mary Poppins may surprise some devoted fans of the movie. This stage adaptation, which had a successful run on Broadway a decade ago, isn’t a slavish imitation of the classic Disney movie; considering the movie’s animated sequences, that would be quite hard to pull off. The stage […]

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Wajdi Mouawad in Seuls. Photo by Thibaut Baron.

Review: ‘Seuls’ at The Wilma Theater

In the opening moments of Seuls, Wajdi Mouawad takes to the stage wearing only black briefs and eyeglasses. The purpose of the show we’re about to see, he informs the audience, is to examine “our ability to live together and put up with our differences.” He also says he seeks to answer some big philosophical […]

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‘Found’ at Philadelphia Theatre Company

They say people don’t write letters anymore, but I don’t think that’s true. So says the leading character in the opening moments of Found, an offbeat comic musical that puts as much emphasis on the written word as on the spoken (or sung) word. Found was inspired by the story of Davy Rothbart, who, over […]

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Review: ‘Dublin by Lamplight’ at Inis Nua Theatre Company

The founding of The Abbey Theatre in 1904 was one of the pivotal events in Irish history. The Abbey championed the perspective of Irish playwrights and actors, and its founding was the moment that the slow-aborning Irish independence movement began to find its own voice and identity. Michael West’s Dublin by Lamplight tells the story […]

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Review: ‘Buyer & Cellar’ at Bucks County Playhouse

Say what you will about Barbra Streisand – whether you love her massive talent or ego, or not, you have to admit there’s no one else like her. And few people can say that with as much authority as Alex More, a struggling actor who ends up working for Streisand in a rather unusual capacity. […]

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Review: ‘Out of the City’ at Passage Theatre

Leslie Ayvazian’s comedy Out of the City opens in the lobby of a Bed and Breakfast in the Poconos. Carol and her husband Matt are there for the weekend to celebrate Carol’s sixtieth birthday. Carol’s best friend of 30 years, Jill, is there to join in the celebration, along with Jill’s husband Dan. Yet while […]

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Review: ‘Breathe Smoke’ at Orbiter 3

Douglas Williams’ Breathe Smoke, a world premiere being presented by the Orbiter 3 Collective, tells the story of four people whose public lives and private lives are markedly different. It’s a fascinating premise, and director Maura Krause’s stylish production pulls viewers into a weird yet oddly comforting world. Breathe Smoke tells the stories of two […]

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Review: ‘Promises, Promises’ at the Ritz Theatre Company

Promises, Promises opened on Broadway in 1968, and while the world it depicts seemed relevant back then, today that world has largely vanished. It’s set in the Manhattan skyscraper home of Consolidated Life Insurance, where the women are all secretaries, hostesses and telephone operators, and the men all cheat on their wives. In one scene, […]

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Review: Rosanne Cash at The Merriam Theater

Rosanne Cash admitted on Thursday night that she looks at the world through a “peculiar prism.” In one of the songs she performed that night, “Modern Blue,” she sang of visiting Barcelona and Paris but still thinking of herself as being in Memphis, Tennessee, the city where she was born. Cash now calls New York […]

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