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Michael Fuchs, Jared Reed, Jennifer Summerfield, and Stacy Skinner. Photo by Wide Eyed Studios.

Review: ‘Blithe Spirit’ at Hedgerow Theatre

Universal button-perfect delivery of delicious Noël Coward lines takes Carly L. Bodnar’s production of Blithe Spirit at Hedgerow Theatre miles into gratifying comic territory, but rollicking payoffs come from the cast’s physical antics and Goldilocks-right facial reactions. The maid, played by the redoubtable Susan Wefel, responds to an admonition to moderate her “on the double” […]

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Mierka Girten, Michael Shannon, and John Judd. Photo by Richard Termine.

Review: ‘Simpatico’ at McCarter Theatre Center

“Do you want to talk, or do you want to be cryptic and weird?” Those words – which sound like they might belong in a lot of Sam Shepard’s plays – appear in the first scene of Shepard’s Simpatico. And they set the tone for this sometimes cryptic, sometimes weird, but always riveting production at […]

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Review: ‘Funny Girl’ at Candlelight Dinner Theatre

What would you rather see: Fanny Brice singing on a tugboat in New York harbor, or a real live Fanny Brice in the Ziegfeld Follies? Funny Girl, the original 1964 Broadway musical, is a real stage animal, revisiting a classic era of American theatre. Most of its scenes are about theatre life and are set […]

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Review: ‘Barefoot in the Park’ at The Candlelight Theatre

Six days do not a week make. These famous words of nonsense, uttered by the young wife Cory, will tell all serious theatergoers that they are in the domain of Neil Simon and his oft-performed blockbuster Barefoot in the Park.  Written in 1963, Barefoot established Simon as the go-to playwright for Broadway comedy.  Nowadays we […]

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Sally Struthers, Kevin Carolan, Erin Dilly, Carson Elrod, Clifton Duncan, Lindsay Nicole Chambers and Brian J. Carter. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Review: ‘Clue On Stage’ at Bucks County Playhouse

Wanna play a game? Clue On Stage is a show that doesn’t ask deep, profound questions of its audience. Instead, it simply asks, whodunit? Who killed Mr. Boddy? Was it Professor Plum in the conservatory with the candlestick? Or was it Miss Scarlet in the library with the lead pipe? Yes, it’s a play based […]

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Jennifer Childs as Sierra Mist. Photo by Mark Garvin.

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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Philadelphia Fringe Festival: ‘Kill Will’ at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Kill Will at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre has combat, drama, more combat, comedy, and a little more combat. Written by Barter Theater Associate Artistic Director Derek Davidson and directed by Philadelphia local Kevin McGuire, this show is quick compilation of Shakespeare’s fight scenes from all genres, such as Macbeth, As You Like It, King Lear, and […]

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‘She Stoops to Conquer’ at Pallas Theatre Collective

David Mavricos, as the confused suitor, Charles Marlow, exemplifies the quality of Pallas Theatre Collective’s production of Oliver Goldsmith’s popular farcical romp She Stoops to Conquer. Filled with confused identities and the vagaries of love in 1800, AnneMarie T. Saunders smartly directs this delightful journey, which is void of diversions, and has a plot which is very, very […]

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2013 Capital Fringe Show Preview: The British Players’ ‘Old Time British Music Hall’ by Chrish Kresge

The British Players’ Old Time British Music Hall is an annual event which has been taking place in the Washington/DC area since 1964. Originally called The British Embassy Players, the group now puts on three productions a year at the Kensington Town Hall in Kensington, Maryland. With its mission of bringing British plays and shows to Washington […]

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Round House Theatre Unveils Its 2013-2014 Season: ‘Round House Reinvented’ by Sarah Pressler

For Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette’s first full season, Round House Theatre in Bethesda has unveiled its 2013-2014 season entitled Round House Reinvented. It’s a season full of comedy, drama, and music – “two modern classics, two Broadway comedies, an Off-Broadway comedy, and an Off-Broadway musical.” “This season reflects a new artistic vision that we hope will excite current patrons […]

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