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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ The Farewell Tour at the Merriam Theatre by Rachel Beecher

With shows like Green Day’s American Idiot and Carole King’s Beautiful, musicals based off of pop hits have become more popular in recent years. However, there is one show that is the mo…

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Review: ‘The War of the Roses’ at Delaware Theatre Company by Rachel Beecher

Based on the iconic novel-turned-film of the same title, The War of the Roses follows the legendary Jonathan and Barbara Rose as their seemingly perfect marriage devolves into a deadly searc…

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ at the Media Theatre by Rachel Beecher

While there seems to be a never-ending stream of books or movies remade into musicals, few compare to 2014 Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County. The book by Pulitzer Prize winning…

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Review: Buddy: ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA by Rachel Beecher

As the world still mourns ‘The Day the Music Died,’ Bucks County Playhouse resurrects the amazing talent lost too soon. With book by Alan James and iconic songs by Buddy Holly su…

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: ‘See What I Wanna See’ at 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

Based on short stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, See What I Wanna See tells stories of two different time lines questioning truth and faith. Originally work shopped at Williamstown Theater Fe…

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Review: ‘Always…Patsy Cline’ at Walnut Street Theatre – Independence Studio on 3 in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

As one of the most iconic country singers of all time, Patsy Cline was taken away from us too quickly. At age 30, she left us with classics as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Stupid Cupid…

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Review: ‘The Sound of Music’ at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

While there are amazing new Broadway hits like Hamilton and Fun Home, some things are classic for a reason. And may I say, they just don’t make musicals like The Sound of Music anymore. Ce…

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Review: ‘Too Much Sun’ at ISIS Productions in Philadephia by Rachel Beecher

Philadelphia’s own Nicky Silver delivers once again with Too Much Sun, a modern play focusing on a family and the drama that comes with a summer house in Cape Cody. The framing, shape, and…

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

‘Hansel and Gretel’ at Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia, PA by Rachel Beecher

While all of us are familiar with the story of the two siblings wandering into a witch’s candy house in the woods, Quintessence puts a fun spin on the story. With catchy songs, fun charact…

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‘Diner: The Musical’ at Delaware Theatre Company by Rachel Beecher

In a Grease meets Jersey Boys coming of age story, Diner: The Musical has a something for everyone. Following a group of friends living in Baltimore, December 1959, the gang confronts spurri…

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

‘Behind the Music: Holiday Edition’ at Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA by Rachel Beecher

  Sonny Leo and April Woodall create a fun evening full of historical anecdotes, personal traditions, and holiday classics that are just as likely to melt your heart and make you laugh.…

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

‘The Bald Soprano’ at Curio Theatre Company in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

After a somber Handmaid’s Tale, Curio Theatre Company sure changes directions with Eugene Ionesco’s hilariously absurd The Bald Soprano. Director Charlotte Northeast updates this 1950…

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

‘This Is The Week That Is’ at 1812 Productions in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

1812 Productions consistently brings Philadelphia great comedy year after year. This Is The Week That Is is no exception with current events changing daily showcased in a sketch comedy meets…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

‘Black Nativity’ at Theatre Horizon in Norristown, PA by Rachel Beecher

With an original twist on the classic Christmas story, Horizon Theatre’s joyful Black Nativity overflows with exuberance and heart. The book and songs are a combination of classic Ch…

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’ at The Media Theatre by Rachel Beecher

Billy Elliot has something for every audience member: great dancing, a powerful story, lots of humor, a beautiful score, and some of the most talented young actors and dancers you will ever …

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Friday, November 13, 2015

‘Underneath the Lintel’ at Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

To quote Lantern Artistic Director and director of this production Kathryn MacMillan, “Time is the currency by which we negotiate all the relationships in our lives.” And Underneath the …

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Monday, November 9, 2015

‘Watership Down’ at Simpatico Theatre Project and Drexel University’s Mandell Professionals in Resident Project (MPiRP) in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

Watership Down, adapted by John Hildreth from Richard Adams’ novel of the same title, is far away from the world of reality, rich with metaphor and symbolism. Originally produced by Lifeli…

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

‘Fox on the Fairway’ at Act II Playhouse in Amber, PA by Rachel Beecher

If The Fox on the Fairway shows how the other half lives, well, I don’t know if I want to be a part of that other half. But I certainly do want to watch those country club hijinks from afa…

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

‘Playing the Assassin’ at Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE by Rachel Beecher

In my experience, football fans and theater goers don’t frequently overlap, but Playing the Assassin combines these two vastly different fandoms surprisingly successfully. With the second …

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at Curio Theatre Company in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

As I walked through the narrow passageway leading into Curio’s space, I entered into a spacious, deteriorating church to an ominous red lit stage, hearing that it was a two hour and ten m…

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Monday, October 19, 2015

‘Animal Farm’ at Luna Theater Company in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

Even though you probably read Animal Farm in high school, seeing Luna Theater Company’s Animal Farm will evoke a completely different sensory experience. The theatricality of the play offe…

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‘The Mandrake’ at Quintessence Theatre Group by Rachel Beecher

Sex sells, and this certainly true of Quintessence’s The Mandrake. Their 6th season starting off a “Love and Lust” theme, The Mandrake certainly fulfills the quota for lust, …

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

‘Song for the Disappeared’ at Passage Theater Company by Rachel Beecher

Passage Theater Company bears the title of the only professional theater in Trenton, New Jersey. They open their 30th Season by producing T clan and close friends amidst a family crisis, S…

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

‘Antigone’ at The Wilma Theater by Rachel Beecher

The Wilma is a theater known  for being original and taking risks, and Antigone is no exception. As part of the larger Unburied Bodies project, this production of Sophocles’ classic Gree…

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

‘The Children’s Hour’ at EgoPo Classic Theater in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

As EgoPo Classic Theater’s  Artistic Director Lane Savadove said in his curtain speech, “Women play a bit part of the American canon.” And the 2015-15 season’s theme, “America…

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

‘Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life’ at Delaware Theatre Company by Rachel Beecher

Delaware Theatre Company perfectly kicks off its 37th season with Tappin’ Thru Life. A life as fascinating as Tony Nominated Maurice Hines’ deserves to be told in this theatrical manner…

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

‘Photograph 51’ at Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 kicks off the Lantern’s 2015-2016 with a bang. Set in London 1953, this 2008 play tells the story of Dr. Rosalind Franklin and her surrounding colleagues rac…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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

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 …

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

‘According to Goldman’ at Act II Playhouse in Philadelphia by Rachel Beecher

While one often finds the journey to a Philly suburb arduous, According to Goldman makes the trip out to Ambler worth it. As a patron walks into the theater, people are socializing, cacklin…

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