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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Legally Blonde at the Walnut by Cogency

Legally Blonde the Musical, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin; based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the M-G-M motion picture; through July 21, 2019 at the Walnut Str…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Temptations, Ain’t Too Proud by Cogency

The Temptations are one of the most popular music groups of all-time. They left a huge footprint on the industry, and now they’ve extended to Broadway. Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Time…

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Hadestown, a unique achievement by Cogency

One of the landmarks of Broadway is its constant innovation year after year, and the most innovative show of this season is Hadestown. This musical from composer Anaïs Mitchell started as a…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Apartheid revealed by EgoPo by Cogency

“Master Harold”… and the Boys by Athol Fugard. Lane Savadove directs for EgoPo Classic Theater through April 7, 2019, at the Latvian Society Theater, 531 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia. …

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Few, facing loneliness by Cogency

The Few by Samuel D. Hunter, Matthew Decker directing through April 7, 2019, at Theatre Horizon, Norristown, PA   The Few starts slowly, and gradually unfolds to reveal an interesting chara…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Miss Saigon proves its effectiveness by Cogency

Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, and Richard Maltby Jr. Directed by Laurence Connor. Broadway Philadelphia through March 31, 2019, at the Academy of Music, 240 S. Bro…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Rent re-appears in a flashy production by Cogency

Rent has reached the status of a classic. The audience at the Merriam Theatre of the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia treated it that way as the national touring production opened for a five-da…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Dancing With the Stars on tour by Cogency

Fans of Dancing With The Stars were disappointed when we heard there would be no spring season in 2019, for the first time in the show’s history. This left a long gap in between seasons wh…

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Lolita returns by Cogency

There are two strong reasons to welcome a revival of the musical Lolita, My Love, which is being staged at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s from February 23 through March 3 as part of its…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Awake and Sing! by Cogency

Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets. Quintessence Theare Group at the Sedgewick Theatre in Philadelphia through February 24, 2019. Max Shulman directs.   Awake and Sing! dramatizes issues…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bridge over troubled lovers by Cogency

The Bridges of Madison County. Philadelphia Theatre Company through March 3, 2019.   For its second production — and first musical — since its reorganization, Philadelphia Theatre C…

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Shaw’s Saint Joan updated by Cogency

Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw, a new version with additional scenes by Chelsea Marcantel. Bud Martin directs at Delaware Theater Company, Wilmington Delaware through February 24, 2019. &…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Three Sisters Two, a sequel to Chekov by Cogency

Three Sisters Two by Reza de Wet. Brenna Geffers directs for EgoPo Classic Theater, Philadelphia, February 2019.   There’s a connection between Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, Reza d…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Ken Ludwig’s tenors return by Cogency

A Comedy of Tenors by Ken Ludwig. Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, through March 3, 2019.   Ken Ludwig has a talent for writing farces that are extremely challenging for the actors.…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Becoming Dr. Ruth by Cogency

Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain. Through February 17, 2019 at Act II Playhouse, Ambler, PA.   I remember a Sunday night in the 1980s. I was driving through North Jersey, listening…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Completeness, about incomplete relationships by Cogency

Completeness is an ironic title since the characters are notably incomplete. This 2011 play by the talented Itamar Moses is newly revised and is directed by Matt Pfeiffer for Theatre Exile i…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

She Loves Me, gentle and nostalgic by Cogency

She Loves Me. Music & lyrics by Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick. Directed by Matthew Decker for Villanova University Theater through November 18, 2018.   She Loves Me is a unique…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Killings at The Manor: history repeats by Cogency

The Manor. On-site production at Greystone Hall, West Chester, PA through November 18, 2018.   This is a return of a production we recommended one year ago when it had its East Coast pr…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

National Dog Show returns by Cogency

One of America’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions is coming back to Oaks, Pennsylvania. The National Dog Show will be returning yet again to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oak…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Kurt Vonnegut satirizes militarism by Cogency

Happy Birthday Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut, directed by Jeff Wise for Wheelhouse Theatre Company at the Duke on 42nd Street, New York, through November 29, 2018.   The novelist Kurt Von…

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on tour by Cogency

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, music & lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, plus songs by Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse. Philadelphia Academy of M…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Human Being Died That Night by Cogency

A Human Being Died That Night by Nicholas Wright, based on a book by Pulma Gobodo-Madikizela. EgoPo Classic Theater through November 11, 2018.   It’s extr…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Fiddler on the Roof’s new national tour by Cogency

Fiddler on the Roof, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book by Joseph Stein. Directed by Bartlett Sher. National tour production in Philadelphia through October 28, 2018.  …

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Collected Stories by Donald Margulies by Cogency

Collected Stories by Donald Margulies, Jessica Bedford directed. Through November 18, 2018, at Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA   Donald Margulies’s play, Collected S…

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Sweat brings blue-collar problems close to home by Cogency

Sweat, by Lynn Nottage. Philadelphia Theatre Company, October 2018.   Lynn Nottage’s play comes bearing decorations from award committees. Thus it seemed like a great choice to re-ope…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Jack-o-Lanterns glow in Philadelphia by Cogency

The Glow: A Jack-o-Lantern Experience has come to Philadelphia and it’s a highlight among fall events. The Glow is essentially an outdoor exhibit in Fairmount Park that showcases hundreds …

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

The True is stronger than fiction by Cogency

The True, by Sharr White, directed by Scott Elliott for The New Group, through October 28, 2018 at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York.   The True is a political drama — …

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Frankenstein — he’s back! by Cogency

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Quintessence Theatre Group’s Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, through October 21, 2018.   Many of us think we know the story …

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Desire Under the Elms from South Africa by Cogency

Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill. EgoPo Classic Theater, October 2018.   The 2018-19 season of EgoPo Classic Theater is devoted to the theater of South Africa. This genre has b…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Nap: no snoozing here by Cogency

The Nap. Manhattan Theatre Club production at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, New York. October 2018.   The Nap, recently opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway, will cert…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Once, better than ever by Cogency

Once, music by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, book by Enda Walsh, directed by Terrence J. Nolen. Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, September 2018.   For the second time this year, Terre…

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