Archive Reviews 2017

Please note: due to space limitations, we will no longer be keeping our entire review archive online. Soon, only shows produced within the last few months will be available here.

Review: Laughs from beginning to end in Colonial’s ‘Odd Couple’

The excellent cast of Colonial’s ‘Odd Couple.’ By Edna Snidebottom There are comedies that are so well written that you ...
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Review: Issues of medical privacy and consent mix in engaging ‘Informed Consent’ at the Lantern Theater

Lindsay Smiling, Kittson O’Neill, and Samantha Bowling in Lantern Theater Company’s production of “Informed Consent” by Deborah Zoe Laufer, onstage ...
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Review: Walnut’s ’23rd Floor’ delivers the ‘Laughter’

By Christina Perryman There is nothing like a good comedy to cheer up a dull and dreary January. For a ...
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Review: Media Theatre brings classic ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to life with talented, multi-generational cast

By Margie Royal Although Media Theatre is known mostly for its high-quality productions of musicals, in recent years they have ...
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Review: Anarchy in the theatre: InterAct’s ‘Marcus/Emma’ at the Drake

Akeem Davis and Susan Riley Stevens in the InterAct Theatre Company production of “Marcus/Emma.” Photo by Kathryn Raines/Plate 3 By Margaret ...
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Review: Zany ‘Reefer Madness: the musical’ is great fun at Players Club of Swarthmore

Andrew Dean Laino, Jeff Berry and Meg Cranney turn in excellent performances  in “Reefer Madness, the musical,” at the Players Club of ...
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Review: Loudons Three ~ An Exploration of Fathers & Sons at People’s Light

Loudon Wainwright III. Photo: Mark Garvin By Ellen Wilson Dilks Malvern’s People’s Light & Theatre Company (PLTC) plays host to ...
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Review: PCS revives Ibsen’s ‘Doll’s House’

By Margie Royal Staging great classics is tricky business. Plays considered masterpieces very much reflect the age and time they ...
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Review: ‘Lagan’ makes U.S. premiere At Villanova

By Ellen Wilson Dilks Villanova Theatre’s third production of their 2016—2017 season is the U.S. premiere of “Lagan” (Lay-gahn, which ...
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Review: Homicide, hilarity and home-cooking at Barnstormer’s ‘Much Ado About Murder’

Much Ado About Murder’ at Barnstormers Theatre features (from left) John Joseph as Larry Durpole/Malcolm Larraby, Alli Mullens as Leslie ...
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Review: We’re waiting….and waiting…. Beckett’s ‘Waiting For Godot’ at Curio Theatre Company

Brian McCann, Harry Slack, Paul Kuhn and Robert DaPonte in “Waiting for Godot” at Curio Theatre. Photo by Rebecca Gudelunas ...
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Review: Buoyant ‘Matchmaker’ on stage at People’s Light

Tabitha Allen, Christopher R. Brown, Peter DeLaurier, Brandon Meeks and Teri Lamm in a scene from “The Matchmaker”. Photo by ...
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Review: Hedgerow’s “Uncle Vanya” still resonates

By Christina Perryman Watching Hedgerow Theatre Company’s current production of “Uncle Vanya,” Anton Chekhov’s classic tale, it was hard to ...
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Review: Old Academy Players presents a spellbinding ‘Suddenly Last Summer’

Brian Jason Kelly as Dr. Cukrowicz and Caitlin Riley as Catharine Holly in OAP’s production of “Suddenly Last Summer.” Photo by Jim Pifer ...
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Review: Local Playwright Bruce Graham’s ‘Something Intangible’ hits the stage at Spotlight Theatre

Bruce Graham’s “Something Intangible” is onstag at Spotlight Theatre through March 18 at the company’s venue in the Swarthmore United ...
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Review: Act II’s ‘Tomfoolery’ is great fun!

Patrick Romano, Tracie Higgins, Jamison Foreman, and Tony Braithwaite star in “TomFoolery,” a revue of Tom Lehrer songs, on stage at Act ...
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Review: Media’s powerful ‘Side Show’ is a must-see for all musical theatre lovers

The ensemble plays an audience who pay money to gawk at Daisy and Violet Hilton during the Texas Centennial in ...
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Review: A play to die for: ISIS Productions stages ‘The Lyons’ by Nicky Silver

Jon Zak and Renee Richman-Weisband in “The Lyons”. Photo by Kristine Di Grigoli By Margaret Darby Neill Hartley was the ...
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Review: Reviving the drama of radio broadcasts: Hedgerow’s ‘Radio Mystery Theatre’

By Ellen Wilson Dilks Over the past few seasons, Hedgerow Theatre has been producing more and more “company devised” pieces ...
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Review: Is home where the heart is? ‘Clybourne Park’ at Colonial Playhouse

By Ellen Wilson Dilks Aldan’s Colonial Playhouse continues their current season with a production of Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park”—an “addendum” ...
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Review: Engaging performances power Players Club of Swarthmore’s’House of Blue Leaves’

By Margie Royal Playwright John Guare is perhaps best known for his 1990s drama “Six Degrees of Separation.” His early work, “The ...
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Review: Walnut’s ‘Earnest’ is delightfully funny

By Christina Perryman Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” first staged in 1895, has stood the test of time ...
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Review: ‘Adapt’ – but don’t cave in

Aneta Kernová in the Wilma Theater’s world premiere production of “Adapt!,” written and directed by Blanka Zizka. Photo by Alexander ...
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Review: Philadelphia premiere of ‘I and You’ gets first-class production at People’s Light

  Claire Inie-Richards and Ricardy Charles Fabre in “I & You” at People’s Light. Photo by Mark Garvin By Margie ...
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Review: ’Little Women The Musical’ closes out Villanova’s Theatre season

Pictured are Laura Barron (Jo March) and Allyce Morrisey (Beth March). Photos by Kimberly Reilly and Ann Marley. By Ellen ...
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Review: Hedgerow debuts interesting ‘Prisoner of Zenda’

By Christina Perryman Hedgerow Theatre Company recently debuted a world premiere of Anthony Hope’s “The Prisoner of Zenda.” Adapted and ...
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Review: Rootin’ Tootin’ Fun with RVC&O’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

The cast of Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra’s “Annie Get Your Gun.” By Lisa Panzer RVC&O’s Spring offering, ‘Annie Get ...
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Review: ‘Birth and After Birth’ brings theatre of the absurd to the Players Club Second Stage

Donna Romero and Jim Fryer as mother and son in “Birth and After Birth” at the Players Club of Swarthmore ...
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Review: Funny and thought-provoking ‘Hand to God’ comes to Philadelphia Theatre Company

Aubie Merrylees in “Hand to God” at PTC. Photo by Mark Garvin. By Gwen Armstrong Barker The Philadelphia Theatre Company’s ...
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Review: Stellar ‘Equus’ Shines at Forge

by J.S. Alleva The psychological drama “Equus” is as relevant today as it was four decades ago when first penned ...
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Review: Players Club closes season with rousing ‘Full Monty’

Robert Harris, Jay Reilly, Joe Tabasco, Brian Seaman, Ben Long and Tim Whelan in The Players Club of Swarthmore’s production ...
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Review: Stellar cast answers the challenge of ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

Dwight (Eric Rupp) and Jean (Bridgey Dougherty) share a tender moment in “Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Spotlight Theatre. “A ...
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Review: Entertaining ‘Mama Won’t Fly’ takes audience on a light and funny road trip

Savannah Honeycutt, played by Christina Clements-Pijanowski, left, must get her Mama, Norleen Sprunt, played by Diane Lowenthal, to California for her ...
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Review: ‘Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ is a tale for young and old alike

Dana Omar with Edward. Photo by Mark Garvin By Margie Royal As Mother’s Day weekend approaches, People’s Light has a ...
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Review: Curio ‘s ‘The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary’: 19th Century Love Story Gets A 21st Century Twist

Chase Byrd and Aetna Gallagher in Curio Theatre’s “The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary.” Photo by Rebecca Gudelunas. By Ellen ...
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Review: ‘Absolute Brightness’ illuminates the stage at the Suzanne Roberts

By Margaret Darby The Philadelphia Theatre Company staging of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey starts with an unassuming-looking man ...
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Review: Irish Heritage Theatre is ‘Making History’ at Plays and Players

Stephanie Iozzia as Mabel Bagenal and Melissa Amilani as Mary Bagenal. Photo by Carlos Forbes By Margaret Darby Irish Heritage ...
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Review: Steel River Delights with Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Disney’s The Little Mermaid, featuring Alicia Huppman as Ursula, and Brian Rock as King Triton. by J.S. Alleva What could ...
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Review: Enter a world of magic at Hedgerow’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

By Christina Perryman “I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man ...
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