Thursday, October 10, 2019

Height of the Storm by Cogency

The Height of the Storm by Florian Zeller. Manhattan Theatre Club production at the Samuel Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th Street, New York.   The essence of this play is ambiguity and uncert…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

A sit-com rather than a real comedy by Cogency

Dot, written and directed by Colman Domingo. Through October 20, 2019 at People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA.   A comedy about a person with Alzheimers may seem like an outrage…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

A sad song about the deaths of queens by Cogency

And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens, by Tennessee Williams; directed by Lane Savadove, September 2019 at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.   The surprise hit of the 2019 Philadelph…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

An Iliad for our time by Cogency

An Iliad, performed by Jason Greenfield at Millésimé, 33 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, as part of the 2019 Fringe Festival.   This 2012 adaptation of Homer’s story came back to Philad…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Our Town with music added by Cogency

Our Town by Thornton Wilder. Peoples Light, Malvern Pa through August 25, 2019.   The new production of Our Town by Peoples Light is unique. The company is using the talents of singer-actor…

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna by Cogency

Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil, at Oaks, Pennsylvania, through August 25.   This Cirque du Soleil production is one of the best ever. It premiered in 2012 but this is its first visit to the Ph…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Mud Row at Peoples Light by Cogency

Mud Row by Dominique Morisseau at Peoples Light Theater, Malvern, PA, through August 4, 2019.   Most critics have characterized this play’s subject as family legacies. That is true. I’d…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Oklahoma! at 75 by Cogency

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration is more than 75 years old—and it’s having a startling rebirth. A country-style production on Broadway just won a Tony as the best musica…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish by Cogency

Fiddler on the Roof by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick & Joseph Stein. National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in New York City.   I regret that I waited so long before seeing this wonderful st…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

What’s Indecent? by Cogency

Indecent by Paula Vogel. Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, through June 23, 2019.   Indecent is a wide-ranging play that speaks to multiple issues. It covers many decades, moves across continent…

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Maybe you’re a clone by Cogency

A Number by Caryl Churchill, through June 9, 2019, at People’s Light Theatre, Malvern, PA   A Pennsylvania political figure this month disclosed that he recently learned that he has a num…

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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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