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The McCarter presentation of Sleeping Beauty

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

The well-known tale probably existed before the Brothers Grimm and might be most known through Walt Disney for those who are not balletomanes. The immortal classic with choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky needs no explanation and no introduction for ballet lovers.
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Daniil Trifonov and Matthias Goerne in concert at the McCarter

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

The celebrated pianist Daniil Trifonov and estimable baritone Matthias Goerner presented a song recital at Matthews Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center/
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A majestic, ineluctable Written on Skin from Opera Philadelphia

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

Modern master and composer George Benjamin's opera, Written on Skin is now being presented by Opera Philadelphia at Philadelphia's Academy of Music only until February 18. Written on Skin is an extraordinary work of considerable beauty which should not be missed.
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Stones in His Pockets at the McCarter

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

Stones in His Pockets, a play by Marie Jones, directed by Lindsay Posner, is now at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center until February 11.
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Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Feb 1 at 10:30am

Call Me by Your Name is one of those films that will take you unaware. Perhaps it's due to it being (somewhat incorrectly) labelled as a gay love story, and a complicated one at that, since it does involve a minor and an adult in a same sex relationship.
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Ibsen's cautionary tale of society's winners and losers

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

The Arden Theatre Company is presenting a version of the Ibsen play by Simon Stephens at their intimate Arcadia Stage until March 4.
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Dec 19 at 10:30am

A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition for many over the years, bringing much joy to those who see it. Try to see it this year. It may be the start of a holiday tradition for you, too.
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The Color Purple

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Dec 15 at 10:30am

The celebrated Menier Chocolate Factory production of The Color Purple, the Musical is now at the Forrest Theatre. Based upon the novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple, the Musical, has a book by famed playwright Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by three famous musicians, Brenda Russell, Alee Willis, and Stephen Bray. John Doyle designed the set, musical staging, and directed this production.
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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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