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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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Friday, September 14, 2018

Holiday Inn re-interpreted in Philadelphia by Cogency

Holiday Inn by Irving Berlin. Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, September 2018.   Holiday Inn has been pleasing audiences since its original movie version in 1942. It was adapted f…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

King and I: the best ever by Cogency

The King and I by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. Lincoln Center production directed by Bartlett Sher. June 2016.   IN MEMORY OF MARIN MAZZIE, WE ARE RE-RUNNING THIS REVIEW …

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues by Cogency

Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon. Tony Braithwaite directs at Act II Playhouse, Ambler, PA, through September 30, 2018.   This production of Biloxi Blues is the perfect memorial to Neil Simon…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Woody Sez by Cogency

Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie. Peoples Light & Theater Company, Malvern, PA, August 2018.   Our nation was lucky to have Woody Guthrie as an inspiration during two…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Tommy McDonald, football star, & his childhood fan turned sportswriter by Cogency

Tommy and Me, by Ray Didinger, directed by Joe Canuso. World premiere by Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, 2016; revived at Media Theater, Media PA, August 2018.   This successful theater pi…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

On the Exhale: why some people love guns by Cogency

On the Exhale by Martin Zimmerman, Theater With a View, Pottstown PA, July 2018.   On the Exhale is a disturbing play. It’s a great vehicle for its solo performer, in this case Nina C…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tuesdays with Morrie, on stage by Cogency

Tuesdays With Morrie. Act II Playhouse, Ambler Pennsylvania through July 29, 2018.   The memoir called Tuesdays With Morrie is famed for its portrait of a real-life inspirational profes…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Volta, high-voltage return to the past by Cogency

Volta by Cirque du Soleil, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, Pennsylvania, through August 19, 2018.   The word volta means a turn in time, or a return. Cirque du Soleil says tha…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Hammerstein recalled by Cogency

The transcendent talent of Oscar Hammerstein II was displayed in a one-night-only event June 23 at Bucks County Playhouse, near the farm where Hammerstein lived. This was a semi-staged conce…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Factory workers in gripping drama by Cogency

Skeleton Crew, by Dominique Morisseau. Peoples Light Theater, Malvern, PA, through July 15, 2018.   Skeleton Crew takes an issue that’s normally associated with Trump supporters and s…

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