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Patrick Romano and Eileen Cella. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Review: ‘Red Herring’ at Act II Playhouse

Red Herring is a parody of the tough film noir mysteries of the forties and fifties. But playwright Michael Hollinger has more on his mind than mere nostalgia: his play is also a romance, a spy thriller, and a sharp satire of the anti-Communist hysteria of the fifties. (That title, you see, has two meanings […]

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Christopher Damen and Abby Melick. Photo by Julia Peiperl. The Crucible

Review: ‘The Crucible’ at Princeton Summer Theater

When you enter the home of the Princeton Summer Theater to see The Crucible, you may wonder at first whether you’ve wandered into the right place. After all, Arthur Miller’s legendary play takes place during the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s. But the stage is nearly bare: spotlights and their supporting trusses are virtually […]

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Review: ‘Always… Patsy Cline’ at The Media Theatre

Anyone who has ever felt any heartfelt connection to another can hear a legendary Patsy Cline song and say “Oh yes, been there, seen, done that.” The lyrics are about much more than trucks, beer or bygone dogs. Her tunes depict those special times in life – looking back, looking forward, or being ‘in the […]

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Review: ‘Tomfoolery’ at Act II Playhouse

“Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it. “ ~ Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer’s Tomfoolery, as directed by Tony Braithwaite, is a wickedly wonderful celebration of musical wit and wordplay. Featuring superbly performed selections from Lehrer’s top satirical songs, interspersed with tidbits of the songwriter’s life […]

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Review: ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ at The FrederickTowne Players

The FrederickTowne Players’ latest production of Bye Bye Birdie highlights their forty-seventh season with the always popular story of a rock-and-roll heartthrob, star struck teens, fifties sensibility and the world’s most overbearing helicopter Mom. Bye Bye Birdie has a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse (Annie). From the opening moments, Director Matt […]

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