Author Archives: Philip

A Jazz Singer’s Triumph

[In a departure from my usual content, below is a (lightly edited) re-print of a feature that appeared in The Palm Beach Post on April 1.]                After surgery for brain tumor, singer pursues her passion. By Philip Dorian Special … Continue reading

Blog, Professional, Regional, Uncategorized

The noblest Roman tragedy of them all: “Julius Caesar” in Brooklyn

If your attention has wandered during the last third of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” you are not alone, but redemption is at hand. Theatre for a New Audience’s portrayal of the aftermath of the assassination of Caesar, running through April 28 … Continue reading

Blog, NY Theater, Off Broadway

Kelli and Cole spark “Kiss Me, Kate” revival

Despite an occasional misfire, tailoring some shows to a performer in a particular role can be a gimme. Dolly Levi and Mama Rose, for example, come with the territory. Lilli Vanessi does not dominate as do those. At least she … Continue reading

Blog, Broadway, NY Theater

No wall between “The Immigrant” and George Street Playhouse

Ever wonder what happens to the inhabitants of Anatevka after they are driven from their village at the end of “Fiddler on the Roof”? We know that some of Tevye’s family will be staying with Uncle Abram in America (he … Continue reading

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Want some journalistic intrigue? Go to “The Source”

There is some real good acting on display these days at New Jersey Repertory Company. Not only do the three cast members of “The Source,” Jack Canfora’s trippy excursion into the world of news management, toss off their snappy dialogue … Continue reading

Blog, Professional, Regional

A family talks it all out in “Theo” at Two River Theater

Criticizing a play for being too wordy might seem counter-intuitive. Character dialogue, after all, is words. But unlike narrative stories or essays, plays need to balance telling with showing. Martin Moran’s “Theo,” world-premiering at Two River Theater Company, relies mostly … Continue reading

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