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Holiday fabulousness is named Annie!

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Dec 8 at 10:30am

Stray dog, dog catcher, apple seller, FDR, orphans, Judge Louis Brandeis and Sandy. It must be the classic Broadway musical Annie now at the Paper Mill Playhouse
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Phantom, Paul Taylor, and Janis: The Arts provide reasons to give thanks

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Nov 30 at 10:30am

There is no better time to give thanks for all that technicians, stagehands, producers, actors, dancers, singers and musicians do for us. The Arts, at their best, provide us with the means to feel and know in a totally different way, and to realize that we are neither powerless nor dumb, and that we have the potential to be great. Find love and joy in the Arts since the Arts bring out the finest qualities within each of us. This holiday season share your joy with your loved ones by taking them to a show, concert, or performance, or by buying them tickets of their own.
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AaRrrGhh! Johnnie Depp, there's another pirate captain in town in Finding Neverland

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Nov 26 at 10:30am

Ralph Malachowski reviews Finding Neverland at the Academy of Music
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The Importance of Being Earnest

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Nov 25 at 10:30am

Oscar Wilde, notorious bisexual, playwright, poet, novelist, and genius had a short but illustrious career during the last decade of the nineteenth century. Celebrated actor Michael Cumpsty leads a young and sprightly cast through this amazing comedy.
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The AmazIng Kreskin at The Rrazz Room

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Oct 25 at 10:30am

The Amazing Kreskin appeared at The Rrazz Room in New Hope Saturday, October 14. Those of us who are of a certain age recall Kreskin from his many television appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and many other talk shows of the era, where he would do, well, amazing things.
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Men in high heels and nylon stockings living only for pleasure

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Oct 23 at 10:30am

Men in red satin corsets, bustiers, high heels and nylon stockings, living only for pleasure ... The average lives of men living in the mansions of Solebury, PA, you say? Not this time. We are speaking of the snappy reinvention of The Rocky Horror Show
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A Musical Theatre Classic Which is as Relevant as Today's News

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Oct 20 at 10:30am

The American musical theatre classic Cabaret is now at the Arden Theatre. The story was first written by Christopher Isherwood, which was turned into a play by John van Druten, which later became a musical with book by Joe Masterhoff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.
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A really funny thing is happening now at the Walnut Street Theatre

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Oct 2 at 10:30am

Stephen Sondheim's, Burt Shevelove's and Larry Gelbart's classic musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is now at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia until October 22.
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Rock and Roll Man now at the Bucks County Playhouse

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Sep 27 at 10:30am

A world premiere musical is now at the Bucks County Playhouse until October 1st. Rock and Roll Man is a great new musical which tells the compelling story of Alan Freed, the DJ who became famous for playing 'Race Music,' eventually coining the term 'Rock and Roll.' It is a great evening of rock and roll.
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'A Magical Storybook' production of The Magic Flute

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Sep 25 at 10:30am

Mozart's opera The Magic Flute is being presented by Opera Philadelphia now until September 24 at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. Opera Philadelphia's festival, named O17, is an intense, immersive experience of five new opera productions and related programs which began September 14 and ends September 25. As their advertising states, 'For 12 days, our city is a stage.'
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Opera Philadelphia's Elizabeth Cree: a tale of sadism, lesbianism, and alcoholism

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Sep 22 at 10:30am

They based their opera on the novel, The Trial of Elizabeth Cree, by Peter Ackroyd. Elizabeth Cree, a co-production with Chicago Opera Theater, is an Opera Philadelphia O17 Festival production.
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A Long Days Journey Into Black America: A Raisin in the Sun

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Sep 21 at 10:30am

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up/ like a raisin in the sun?
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The play Red Velvet explores race, class, egotism, and art

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Sep 20 at 10:30am

From now until October 8, the Lantern Theater Company is presenting the Philadelphia premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s drama, Red Velvet.
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Paradise Lost: Other Desert Cities at Bucks County Playhouse

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Aug 24 at 10:30am

Many plays have been set during the holidays. Often, holidays are when families and loved ones gather to enjoy each other's company and to celebrate their bonds. This isn't always the case. One such play which explores the darker side of family relations is Jon Robin Baitz's drama, Other Desert Cities, now at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope until September 2.
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The hit musical Wicked now at the Academy of Music

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Aug 7 at 10:30am

Good news! A fabulous touring production of Wicked has just landed in Philadelphia at the Academy of Music and you have only until August 27 to see it. Don't miss it.
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A new production of the shady, comic gangster musical, Guys and Dolls

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jul 31 at 10:30am

Rarely performed because of the large cast, The Bucks County Playhouse is presenting this musical until August 12. It is the largest musical ever presented on this stage and well worth seeing.
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Guy Ritchie's film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, a camp, homoerotic spectacle

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jul 5 at 10:30am

King Arthur is the latest film from director Guy Ritchie's fevered mind. Can any man survive being married to Madonna and still be straight on the Kinsey Scale?
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Larry Shue's The Nerd brings bushels of gay subtext to the Bucks County Playhouse

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jun 28 at 10:30am

Be careful what you wish for; be very very careful. This might be the lesson behind the modern day fable, The Nerd, now at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA, until July 15.
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Fun Home, a lesbian roman a clef, now at the Forrest Theatre

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jun 16 at 10:30am

Winner of five TONY Awards in 2015, Fun Home will be at Philadelphia’s Forrest Theatre until June 18, a presentation of the Kimmel’s Broadway Philadelphia season.
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Recalling the 1970s, when everyone would try anything to have a good time

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jun 5 at 10:30am

Before AIDS nearly decimated an entire generation of gay men, before just about anyone had heard of skin lichens, herpes, HPV, or shingles, there was a sexual revolution
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Pennsylvania Ballet's splendid program RE/ACTION at the Academy of Music

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jun 2 at 10:30am

The dancers at the Saturday evening, May 13th, performance of Pennsylvania Ballet's program titled RE/ACTION were uniformly splendid. One could not say that the season ended on a high note because there were so many high notes throughout the season. The evening was quite simply, a joy.
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Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage at the McCarter

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 31 at 10:30am

The McCarter Theatre Center once again hosted a Pride Night on May 18th. This night, the production was Lynn Nottage's drama Intimate Apparel.
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The Arden presents Gypsy

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 30 at 10:30am

May 24 was the opening night of Gypsy at the Arden Theatre Company of Philadelphia. The demand was so great during previews that the run has already been extended from its original closing to June 25th
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Clue: On Stage to open Bucks County Playhouse season

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 2 at 10:30am

The press corps was invited to the Parry Mansion to meet the cast and director of the world premiere of Clue: On Stage which opens the Bucks County Playhouse season.
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Shut Up and Dance 25th Anniversary

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 28 at 10:30am

For the twenty-fifth time, Shut Up and Dance will be presented April 29 to benefit Manna, whose motto is “Delivering Nourishment, Improving Health” to those who are battling life-threatening illnesses.
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Euan Morton on Hedwig and the Angry Inch

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 18 at 10:30am

Hedwig and the Angry Inch had a long, successful run on Broadway. It is now touring with Euan Morton as Hedwig,
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Next Move Dance presents Jessica Lang Dance

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 13 at 10:30am

Jessica Lang Dance will perform at Philadelphia's Prince Theater until Sunday, April 9 as part of the Next Move Dance season
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Murder on the Orient Express: Another Outstanding Production

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 10 at 10:30am

The McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, presented the world premiere of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig, and directed by Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann, it was one of the finest plays of this season.
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Walnut Street Theatre presents The Importance of Being Earnest

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 6 at 10:30am

Wilde’s last play The Importance of Being Earnest now at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia is a sparkling, true production of this masterpiece.
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Jon Peterson: A Seasoned Seducer Who Will Welcome You to Cabaret

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 4 at 10:30am

The classic Kander and Ebb musical, Cabaret, will soon be arriving at the Academy of Music, as part of the Broadway Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center season.
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