Author Archive | Megan Diehl

Greg Wood. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at McCarter Theatre Center

A snowy Princeton afternoon may be the most festive of conditions in which to see the great McCarter Theatre holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol. Add to that a host of Dickensian characters greeting you as step through the threshold and the lobby, and you have an undeniably charming Yuletide experience. Despite Ebenezer Scrooge’s hatred […]

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Leigha Kato (top row), Phebe Taylor, Joshua Morgan, Will Carlyon, Brooke Wetterhahn (middle row) , and T.J. Wagner (bottom row). Photo by Mark Garvin.

Review: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at Bristol Riverside Theatre

“We are the slightest bit bizarre” may be quite an understatement when describing some of the delightfully strange tweens competing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, now playing at Bristol Riverside Theatre. With all the drama and quirkiness one can expect from a spelling competition, these six young spellers have fantasies of grandeur […]

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Forrest McClendon. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Review: ‘Red Velvet’ at Lantern Theater Company

A scarlet curtain lines the stage of the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, London with a controversy lurking on either side. Outside, angry Londoners flood the streets protesting the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act just recently passed in Parliament. Inside, the cast of Othello objects to the addition of Ira Aldridge, one of the first high […]

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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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Review: ‘This Wonderful Life’ at Act II Playhouse

“Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!” For so many, the holiday season just isn’t complete without the images of Jimmy Stewart running through the streets of Bedford Falls bidding an elated Merry Christmas to anyone and anything that crosses his path. For fans of the classic Frank Capra film, Act II Playhouse’s This […]

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Review: ‘Mauritius’ at Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA

It’s much ado about two small slips of paper in Act II Playhouse’s astute production of Mauritius, Theresa Rebeck’s thriller based on the intense world of stamp collecting. Despite the inherent oxymoron, philately nevertheless takes center stage in a swarm of evil plotting that exposes the dark side of a trade once reserved for the […]

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Review: ‘Disgraced’ at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ

It is sometimes difficult to imagine what theater might be able to further contribute to an already contentious national conversation about tolerance and devisiveness in America. An unconventional election season has placed our culture into an echo chamber of misconstrued facts and figures, along with a swarm of closely-held prejudices. However, the past few years […]

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Review: ‘Turandot’ at Opera Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA.

Danger and darkness lurk around every corner of Opera Philadelphia’s stunning new production of Turandot, a co-production with Minnesota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, and Seattle Opera. Directed by Renaud Doucet and led by Conductor Corrado Rovaris, this hypnotizing ancient tale creates an intense blend of love and death with a few small […]

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Kelli O’Hara in ‘Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway Concert Series’ at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia

Closing out their Concert Series Season on Tuesday, the Kimmel Center welcomed Kelli O’Hara, one of Broadway’s brightest stars, to the Merriam stage along with Seth Rudetsky for a conversation with a taste of cabaret. Uniformly recognized as one of Broadway’s most formidable leading ladies, O’Hara combines and Southern warmth of spirit with a biting […]

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