Two great new shows, as entertaining as it gets

Curtain Call | September 25th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Last week was as enjoyable a week for this theater critic as I’ve experienced in ages. Let’s get right to it. La Bête About three-quarters of the way through David Hirson’s brilliant “La’ Bête,” the play’s mood changes drastically, becoming, after more than 90 minutes of unalloyed hilarity, a thought-provoking piece about […]

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Baseball season not over at local theaters

Curtain Call | September 18th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Last week two baseball-themed plays opened a day apart. They are very different plays, but both are blessed with strong productions. They almost make you forget about the futility of the Phillies season. Rounding Third Two Little League coaches with differing points of view about the purpose of their team’s activities bicker […]

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J.S. Bach’s theatrical job audition very entertaining

Curtain Call | July 18th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome When six musicians show up in Leipzig, Germany, to audition to be organist Johann Kuhnau’s replacement, all manner of madness ensues. The first thing you notice in the People’s Light and Theatre Company’s production (in Malvern) of Itamar Moses’ “Bach at Leipzig” is the curtain speech. You know the drill: turn off […]

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Newest play openings: one winner and one loser

Curtain Call | June 6th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome A thrilling play by local playwright Michael Hollinger and a disappointing production of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” opened last week. Here’s my take on them. Incorruptible When I saw the world premiere production of Michael Hollinger’s “Incorruptible” 18 years ago, I was taken by its wit, which bordered on farce, and […]

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Two plays, both compelling and both somewhat flawed

Curtain Call | April 5th, 2014 | Leave a comment

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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