Two plays, both compelling and both somewhat flawed

Curtain Call April 5, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at the Philadelphia Theatre Company and the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s fascinating if somewhat over-produced “Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq” made up an exciting pair of recent theater openings. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Playwright Christopher […]
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‘Arsenic’ and ‘Laughter’ not perfect but recommended

Curtain Call March 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Two comedies – the classic “Arsenic and Old Lace” and Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” – made up last week’s theater openings. Both productions, while not perfect, had lots to recommend them. Here’s my take on both of them: Arsenic and Old Lace Joseph Kesselring’s venerable “Arsenic and Old Lace” […]
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Neil Simon comedy in Ambler almost a suite success

Curtain Call February 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Laughter being, as it is, the best medicine, there is lots of theatrical evidence why Neil Simon’s nickname is “Doc.” Simon’s “Hotel Suite,” Act II Playhouse in Ambler’s current offering (through March 23), is actually a compilation of scenes from his three “Suite” plays: “Plaza Suite,” “California Suite” and “London Suite.” In […]
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Compelling drama about a most dysfunctional family

Curtain Call February 24, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Jon Robin Baitz, in his terrific “Other Desert Cities,” looks, at first blush, to be examining at a family where the parents are the devils and the kids their victims. Look closer and you’ll find that those parents are really not the enemy, not the devils that they seem initially. Polly and […]
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Family way too profane, noisy, in play about deaf boy

Curtain Call February 8, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Actions speak louder than words. The truth of that statement is abundantly clear in Nina Raine’s highly praised “Tribes,” the drama about a creative and generally obnoxious family living in modern day London. Beth and Christopher are parents to Daniel, Ruth and Billy. All in the family are hearing except Billy, who […]
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‘Famous’ delights in Ambler, even without Meryl Streep

Curtain Call January 17, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs sent out several invitations to celebrities (including Meryl Streep and Chase Utley) asking that they join them on the Act II Playhouse stage in Ambler for their latest show. None accepts the invitation. All say, one way or another, that they’ve never heard of them. Disappointed and […]
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Stunning theatrical look at world’s most famous ‘Nerds’

Curtain Call December 13, 2013 0 Comments

by Clark Groome When “Nerds” first appeared at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2007 it was an entertaining but somewhat unsatisfying look at the relationship between tech gurus Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. “Nerds” is back, revised and ever so much better than it was six years ago. Originally created and subsequently revised by Jordan […]
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