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Author Archive | Tim Dunleavy

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Review: ‘Nureyev’s Eyes’ at Delaware Theatre Company

David Rush’s play Nureyev’s Eyes takes us to the 1970s, when two of America’s greatest artists – Rudolf Nureyev, the Russian-born dancer, and Jamie Wyeth, the Wilmington-born painter – forged an unlikely bond. Wyeth wanted to paint portraits of the ballet star, while Nureyev wanted to control how he was portrayed. Wyeth was self-effacing and […]

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Review: ‘Smoke’ at Theatre Exile in Philadelphia

For more than a decade, Theatre Exile has made pushing the envelope their specialty. They’ve made themselves the city’s go-to company for sexy – and occasionally sexually explicit – theatre. Last year’s Cock was just the latest entry in a list that includes Bug, Killer Joe, Red Light Winter, Blackbird, and That Pretty Pretty; or […]

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Review: Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli: ‘Straighten Up and Fly Right-The Nat King Cole Tribute’ at the Merriam Theater

There are few artists who have honored the legacy of Nat King Cole into the modern era the way singer/guitarist John Pizzarelli has. Early in his career he recorded two Cole tribute albums, Dear Mr. Cole (1994) and P.S. Mr. Cole (1999). And before and since, Pizzarelli has carried on Cole’s tradition of soft crooning, […]

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Review: ‘A Wonderful Noise’ at Villanova Theatre

When’s the last time you saw a musical about the competitive world of barbershop quartet singing? I’m not positive, but I think A Wonderful Noise may be the first show of its kind. (Truth to tell, the only musical I can think of that has any barbershop singing at all is The Music Man – and […]

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Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at The Media Theatre in Media, PA

For its latest production, the Media Theatre has turned to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, a classic story known by millions of readers. The stage adaptation by Christopher Sergel tells the story efficiently, and the new production is enlivened by some excellent performances. Lee’s story of the noble attorney Atticus Finch, his curious children […]

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Review: ‘Oscar Wilde: From the Depths’ at Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia

Oscar Wilde: From the Depths, Charles McMahon’s new play about the darkest period in Wilde’s life, is a play that’s brimming with intelligence and insight, and it’s beautifully performed and sometimes quite affecting – but like Wilde’s life, it feels unfinished. The new play by McMahon, Lantern Theater Company’s Artistic Director, covers the tumult that […]

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Jeff Coon at The Arden Cabaret Series

Jeff Coon, a familiar and dependable face on Philadelphia stages for two decades, returned this weekend to the Arden Theatre, a company where he’s played everyone from John Wilkes Booth (in Assassins) to a singing frog (in A Year With Frog and Toad). This time it was to kick off the Arden’s new cabaret series […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at McCarter Theatre Center

As McCarter Theatre’s A Christmas Carol opens, the streets of London are bustling. Snow is falling lightly, and good will is in the air. A group of carolers gathers around a brightly decorated Christmas tree to sing. But then the festive mood is shattered: the tree suddenly tumbles to the ground, knocked over from behind […]

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