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Monday, January 29, 2018

Review: ‘Time Stands Still’ at Bristol Riverside Theatre by Tim Dunleavy

Time Stands Still, Donald Margulies’ fascinating drama at Bristol Riverside Theatre, seems at first as if it’s going to be a deep meditation on war and politics. But Margulies’ charact…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Review: ‘The Humans’ at the Walnut Street Theatre by Tim Dunleavy

The Blakes are not your ordinary dysfunctional family. As they gather for Thanksgiving dinner in an unfamiliar locale, everything seem fine, if a little off-kilter; they engage in their favo…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: ‘Passing Strange’ at The Wilma Theater by Tim Dunleavy

“Life is a mistake that only art can correct.” That’s not a line you’d expect to hear at a rock and roll show, is it? But Passing Strange isn’t your typical rock show, or musical,…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: ‘Morning’s at Seven’ at People’s Light by Tim Dunleavy

Morning’s at Seven fits the definition of “quaint.” With its elderly characters and its winsome setting – a Midwestern town in the 1930s, where everybody knows each other’s problem…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Review: ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG Playhouse Christmas Show’ at Bucks County Playhouse by Tim Dunleavy

How many versions of A Christmas Carol have you seen? Probably too many to count. But I can guarantee you’ve never seen one that mentions Doylestown, Lambertville and Peddler’s Village b…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ at Quintessence Theatre by Tim Dunleavy

Quintessence Theatre has built a strong reputation as a home for classic drama. But now they’ve dived into the American Musical Theatre canon in a big way by staging one of the most popula…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ at The Media Theatre by Tim Dunleavy

“Tale as old as time”? If you’re the parent of a young child who has watched a certain Disney animated film on video over and over and over, it might seem that way. But when you take t…

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Review: The Philadelphia Orchestra Gives a Haydn Masterpiece a Local Premiere by Tim Dunleavy

The programming of music by Haydn is unusual for The Philadelphia Orchestra. The choice is even more surprising coming from conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who is more associated with mode…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: ‘Rasheeda Speaking’ at Allens Lane Theater by Tim Dunleavy

The setting is ordinary – an office with two desks side by side. The desks are covered with plants, knickknacks, and piles of paperwork. The sort of thing we see every day in corporate Ame…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ at Arden Theatre Company by Tim Dunleavy

The list began after her first attempt. A list of everything brilliant about the world. Everything worth fighting for. If I were to make a list of every brilliant thing about the world, audi…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: ‘The Fantasticks’ at The Eagle Theatre by Tim Dunleavy

What’s not to like about The Fantasticks? It’s always been a modest, gentle show that goes down easy. The Eagle Theatre’s new production adds a few new wrinkles, putting its own stamp …

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ at Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3 by Tim Dunleavy

Is seeing a Christmas show in November too early for you? When I went to see this show during the first week of November, I couldn’t help thinking of the scene in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiv…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Review: ‘Blood Wedding’ at The Wilma Theater by Tim Dunleavy

The Wilma Theater’s Blood Wedding sets out to overpower you – and it succeeds. From its first moments, when the 11-member ensemble assembles on a long, bare, black platform, stares dire…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: ‘Red Herring’ at Act II Playhouse by Tim Dunleavy

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 …

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review: ‘Wrestling Jerusalem’ at Philadelphia Theatre Company by Tim Dunleavy

It’s been said that one of the problems with politics these days is that people talk but don’t listen. Opposing political sides state their positions, but too many speak just to their su…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: ‘A Night with Janis Joplin’ at McCarter Theatre Center by Tim Dunleavy

Janis Joplin was a true original. But as the musical/tribute concert A Night with Janis Joplin proves, she didn’t just come out of nowhere. Joplin became a top star during the psychedelic…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ at Theatre Horizon by Tim Dunleavy

There’s a lot going on in Lisa Kron’s life. There’s her brother’s upcoming marriage, a ceremony that’s being held at a Jewish community center with “a wonderful design out of a 1…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: ‘The Swallowing Dark’ at Inis Nua Theatre Company by Tim Dunleavy

“Your status has expired.” For Canaan Muponda, these are the most fearsome words imaginable. A refugee from Zimbabwe, Canaan has spent the last five years living in Liverpool with his yo…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at Resident Theatre Company by Tim Dunleavy

Next to Normal isn’t your standard Broadway musical. But this offbeat Pulitzer Prize-winner, now receiving a solid production at West Chester’s Resident Theatre Company, shines a light o…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: ‘Godspell’ at Villanova Theatre by Tim Dunleavy

Godspell has always been a show filled with spirit. Ever since its New York debut in 1971, it’s been a vehicle for a lot more than a religious message. Its loose structure – John-Michael…

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: ‘Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story’ at Bucks County Playhouse by Tim Dunleavy

Who was the first rock and roller? You could say it was Elvis Presley, the first rock and roll superstar. Or Bill Haley, the first rocker to have a number one hit. Or maybe it was Ray Charle…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: ‘Ripcord’ at South Camden Theatre Company by Tim Dunleavy

Ripcord is the story of a cutthroat battle of practical jokes and dirty tricks between two women in an assisted-living residence for the elderly. Does that seem unlikely? Then you’ve neve…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: ‘Simpatico’ at McCarter Theatre Center by Tim Dunleavy

“Do you want to talk, or do you want to be cryptic and weird?” Those words – which sound like they might belong in a lot of Sam Shepard’s plays – appear in the first scene of Shepa…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ at the Walnut Street Theatre by Tim Dunleavy

Want to make one of the zaniest shows of all time even zanier? Just add Frank Ferrante. Ferrante has directed the Walnut’s new production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,…

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Airswimming’ by Half Key Theatre Company at Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5 by Tim Dunleavy

Airswimming, Charlotte Jones’ play about two Englishwomen stuck in a mental institution for no good reason, walks – or should that be swims? – a fine line between sly humor and sensiti…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act’ by Blue Mercury Theatre at Independence Library by Tim Dunleavy

For the great South African playwright Athol Fugard, the personal is political. And nowhere is that more true than in Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, a 1972 Fugard play,…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘GATZ’ at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre by Tim Dunleavy

The program for GATZ claims that it is “A parody based on ‘The Great Gatsby’ Written by F. Scot. Fitzgerald.” (Note that Fitzgerald’s middle name is misspelled.) But a parody is, b…

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Hello Blackout!’ by New Paradise Laboratories at The Drake by Tim Dunleavy

The cast of Hello Blackout! spends a lot of time in the dark. In the opening moments of the show, lights slowly fade up and we faintly see five people staggered across the stage. They’re …

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: ‘Storyboard Series: Treasure Island’ at Hedgerow Theatre by Tim Dunleavy

After seeing a group of onstage pirates repeatedly singing “Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum,” I went out to the lobby of the Hedgerow Theatre in search of refreshment. Alas, there was no ru…

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Review: ‘Which Reminds Me’ at Act II Playhouse by Tim Dunleavy

If you’re a fan of Tony Braithwaite and his one-person (or sometimes two-person) shows – often performed at Act II Playhouse, where he is the Artistic Director – you know what to expec…

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Review: ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ at Santa Fe Opera by Tim Dunleavy

Editor’s note: Our Steve Cohen continues his posts on the arts scene in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with a look at Santa Fe Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Lucia di La…

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