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Moon Man Walk Review (Orbiter 3, July 2015)

Though both the play’s title and the name of the fledging theatre company (Orbiter 3, here presenting their inaugural production) evoke space exploration, James Ijames’ heartfelt, often accomplished… 444 more words

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Bitter Homes and Gardens Review (Bearded Ladies, July 2015)

By nature, I’m more contrarian than agrarian. I’d almost always choose indoors over out, and I spend many of my happiest hours in darkened rooms. (Hey, I’m a theater critic – what did you expect?) 415 more words

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Murder for Two (Philadelphia Theatre Company, June 2015)

This little musical, a recent hit off-Broadway, is a chamber-sized murder mystery with a small cast. The character of police detective Marcus Moscowitz is played by one actor (Ian Lowe on opening night through June 21; a different actor takes over on June 23) – another (Kyle Branzel) does every other role, including all the suspects. 353 more words

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Charlie Parker's Yardbird (Opera Philadelphia, June 2015)

Often when I see a new opera, I wonder about its future. Even some very intriguing contemporary works seem not to have much afterlife beyond their initial productions. 722 more words

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Company (Bucks County Playhouse)

I discovered Company in 1970, shortly after its Broadway premiere, and the show had a profound effect on me. Listening to  the original cast album, I heard a contemporary energy and immediacy in Stephen Sondheim’s score that was different from anything I knew. 552 more words

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Alan Barysh: Champion Poet

Greetings and salutations!

Recently, HCB author Alan Barysh won a poetry contest from City Paper, a Baltimore newspaper. His poem “Snowy Remembrance” won first place in a three-way tie. 30 more words

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Passion (Arden Theatre, May 2015

O, Passion – How I have tried to love you!

Before I get to the Arden’s elegant, beautifully realized production – which almost changed my mind about the show – allow me to provide some context. 585 more words

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