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Review: ‘I Will Not Go Gently’ at Act II Playhouse

An aging rock star struggles to stay relevant, or perhaps struggles whether or not to care at all whether she is still relevant, in the Act II Playhouse remounting of 1812 Productions’ one-woman musical I Will Not Go Gently, starring and created by Jennifer Childs. With a comedic lineup of generational perspectives, she examines the […]

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Review: ‘And Then There Were None’ at Allens Lane Theater

For Allens Lane Theater’s production of And Then There Were None, director Josh Hitchens not only presents the mystery, but also heightens the mood and highlights the message inherent in Agatha Christie’s all-time best-selling novel (with sales of over 100 million copies) of 1939. And he does that by restoring the author’s original ending and […]

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Review: ‘Saloon’ at the Merriam Theater

Montreal’s Cirque Éloize explodes on stage at the Merriam Theater with a two-day run of its touring production of Saloon, presented collaboratively by the Kimmel Center and the Shubert Organization for Broadway Philadelphia. Under the creative direction of Jeannot Painchaud (the company’s President and Artistic Director), the rip-roaring show, set in the Wild West, combines […]

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Review: ‘Enter Laughing’ at The Players Club of Swarthmore

Enter the new year laughing out loud with the cast and crew of Enter Laughing at The Players Club of Swarthmore, directed by Paul Kerrigan! Joseph Stein’s tour de farce, inspired by Carl Reiner’s same named semi-autobiographical novel set in the 1930s, takes a comedic peek at the reaction David Kolowitz (Mike Sokolowski), a recent […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #11: Best Performances and Ensembles in Plays and Musicals in Philadelphia, New York, Delaware, and New Jersey

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #11: Best Performances and Ensembles in Plays and Musicals in Philadelphia, New York, Delaware, and New Jersey  Are: Caroline Aaron as Ruth Zweigman in All the Days at McCarter Theatre Center. Justin Ariola as Dull in Love’s Labour’s Lost at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Jessica Bedford as Mollie Ralston in The Mousetrap […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #6: Best Plays in Professional Theaters in Philadelphia, New York, Delaware, and New Jersey

Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Plays in Professional Theaters in 2016 in Philadelphia, NYC, New Jersey, and Delaware. Congrats to all our honorees! A Moon for the Misbegotten at Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3. A View From the Bridge at The Lyceum Theatre. Birdie’s Pit Stop (and the tribe of […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #3: Best Musicals in Professional Theaters in Philadelphia, New York, Delaware, and New Jersey

BEST MUSICALS IN PROFESSIONAL THEATRES IN PHILADELPHIA, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, AND DELAWARE: A Bronx Tale at The Longacre Theatre.  A Christmas Story: The Musical at The Media Theatre. A Taste of Things to Come at Bucks County Playhouse. A Year with Frog and Toad at The Arden Theater Company. Assassins at the Eagle Theatre. Cagney at The […]

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‘Wilde Tales’: An Interview with Director Jeremy Bloom, on the Quintessence Production

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), famous and controversial Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet, also authored thought provoking fairy stories for children that appeared in various magazines. Married to Constance Lloyd, Wilde fathered two sons—Cyril (1885) and Vyvyan (1886). In 1888, Wilde published The Happy Prince and Other Tales. Philadelphia’s Quintessence Theatre Group presented five of them […]

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Interview: Jennifer Childs and Monica Stephenson Bring Holiday Cheer to Philadelphia with ‘The Carols’ at 1812 Productions

1812 Productions’ Producing Artistic Director and Co-Founder Jennifer Childs teamed up again with musician Monica Stephenson, a long-time friend and former colleague at the company, for this year’s funny and heartwarming holiday show. The Carols, an original world-premiere musical comedy, with book, lyrics, and direction by Childs and music by Stephenson, weaves the story of […]

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‘Take A Bow!’ Part 3: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite DC/MD/VA Fall 2016 Performances/Directors/Designers by DCMetroTheaterArts Staff: DC/MD/VA/PHILLY/NYC AREAS

Here is the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ 3rd series of ‘Take A Bow!’ Fall 2016 honorees: Caroline Clay as Florynce Kennedy in (Re)Acts: Where Do We Go From Here? at Forum Theatre. It was a one-night-only bill of short theater pieces and one of them was an excerpt from Let It Flow!, a one-woman show Caroline […]

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The Philadelphia Chorus’ ‘The Voice of Peace’

German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), in his 1949 essay, “Cultural Criticism and Society,” claimed, “To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric” (transl. by Samuel and Shierry Weber). However, in 1966, Adorno revised his view: “Perennial suffering has as much right to expression as a tortured man has to scream; hence it may have been […]

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Review: ‘Wilde Tales’ at Quintessence Theatre Group

Brightened by a beautiful glittering garden backdrop, several of Oscar Wilde’s fabled fairy tales, smartly adapted and directed by Jeremy Bloom, convey the childlike spirit to an enchanting world where miracles, magic and mysticism mix with somber morality motifs, and puppets roam and ruminate. Wilde had penned these tales for his children during the Victorian […]

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Delaware Theatre Company

The Delaware Theatre Company (DTC) is offering a time-honored classic for the holiday season: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Only Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of the beloved tale is not your father’s Carol. With tongue firmly in cheek, Barlow’s version brings a freshness to the story one would think impossible after almost one hundred and […]

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at McCarter Theatre Center

I cried while watching Adam Immerwahr’s revamped production of A Christmas Carol for McCarter Theatre Center. Immerwahr’s redo is less opulent, more spare, and aims for more intimacy and realism, but like its predecessors, shines as a moving, telling version of the familiar Dickens tale. You may think you know Scrooge, Marley, Fred, and the […]

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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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