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By Colin Dabkowski » Sunday, February 7, 2016

An electric moment in the thick of the civil rights movement came crackling to life Friday night in the African American Cultural Center’s Paul Robeson Theatre, where Will Power’s play “Fetch Clay, Make Man” is now running in a smart production directed by Laverne Clay. The show, which adds several layers of... Read More

By Ted Hadley » Saturday, February 6, 2016

You could certainly argue the case that “Bad Jews,” by the lauded young playwright, Joshua Harmon – currently one of the most performed plays in America and internationally – is, or perceived to be, offensive. Saul Golubcow, writing in Washington Jewish Week, suggested, tongue firmly in cheek, that maybe “Jews... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Friday, January 29, 2016

The latest version of “Ring of Fire,” the Johnny Cash tribute show, is pared down and pepped up, and it plays out on stage as a celebration of Cash, not as an embodiment of him. He probably would prefer it this way. The “Ring of Fire” now playing at MusicalFare Theatre, looks like a production that his... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rarely has danger felt less dangerous than in the touring version of “Pippin” that opened Tuesday in Shea’s Performing Arts Center. This circus-inspired revival of the 1972 show, whose creators promised a foreboding new take on Stephen Schwartz and Bob Fosse’s already dark original, instead delivers a... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sept. 3, 1939: Neville Chamberlain is on the radio announcing that Britain is at war with Germany, and Sigmund Freud is in his London study debating the existence of God with C.S. Lewis. Germany lost the war; the battle between Freud and Lewis comes out a draw. That doesn’t make “Freud’s Last Session” any... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Sunday, January 24, 2016

If directing is 90 percent casting, as the adage goes, Doug Weyand’s production of Christopher Durang’s politely unhinged comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” clocks in at well over 100 percent. The Second Generation Theatre production, which opened Friday in the Lancaster Opera House, features one of... Read More

By Ted Hadley » Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Alleyway Theatre, for 36 years, has produced new plays - original works, world premiere stuff. Fledgling playwrights from all over the country send scripts to the company impresario, Neal Radice, founder, proprietor, along with his wife and partner, the indefatigable Joyce Stilson. An average year might bring hundreds... Read More

By Matt Chandler » Saturday, January 23, 2016

As I took my seat on opening night of O’Connell and Company’s latest production, the musical, “Ordinary Days,” I was not exactly brimming with enthusiasm. Another play about four beautiful young people whiling away their lives in New York City, a heavy pall of “Woe is me” hanging over the stage. Hasn’t this... Read More

By Ted Hadley » Saturday, January 16, 2016

As is often the case, the ancient Greeks had a word for it. “Hamartia:” a character trait that inexorably leads a person to their downfall. A “tragic flaw.” Literature and the theater are full of examples, from Achilles to Hamlet and back. Joe Keller, the protagonist in the late Arthur Miller’s still... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Friday, January 15, 2016

Jane Martin’s “Keely and Du” is not a household name, nor its themes – abortion and religious radicalism – an easy sell. But Martin’s play is different from its theatrical comrades. This is political, all right, here at Subversive Theatre’s Manny Fried Playhouse. How could... Read More

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