Brave ghost story by Coward now on Chestnut Hill stage

Arts | April 18th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter Noel Coward long wanted to write a ghost story. Composed in the shadows of World War II, “Blithe Spirit” (1941) is full of bantering language and fantastical events. Now running at Stagecrafters, it is a classic comedy that spoofs marriage even as it blurs the line between life and death. Novelist Charles […]

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Epileptic actor/playwright has message on stage for kids

Arts | April 18th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston “Zuzz The Alien Needs Your Help.” She’s crash-landed in Ambler, specifically at Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., and now needs your expertise to restore her spaceship and return home. But she only has from April 21 to April 29 to do everything that’s necessary. In this production, created by Bill […]

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‘Duck’ from founder of modern drama lands in Mt. Airy

Arts | April 18th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter “The Wild Duck” (1884) was a turning point in Henrik Ibsen’s career. Now in rotating repertoire at Quintessence Theatre with “Julius Caesar,” director Rebecca Wright uses the same actors in bringing to life a tragicomic play about a maniacal idealist. Early works like “A Doll’s House” were considered scandalous, as Ibsen sought […]

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Gender bending in Mount Airy; actress plays Mark Antony

Arts | April 13th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Quintessence Theatre Group continues its seventh season with “The Power and Idealism Repertory: Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ presented in rotating repertory with Henrik Ibsen’s ‘The Wild Duck.’” Striving for gender parity, Quintessence presents an 11-character ensemble to explore new adaptations of timely classics. As America’s democracy is being tested and the #metoo movement […]

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Tragedy about murder of gay student now on Hill stage

Arts | April 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Deidra Lyngard This October is the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, the gay university student who was beaten and left to die in a field near Laramie, Wyoming, in 1998. Following this tragic event, members of the New York City Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie to interview residents about how […]

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Shakespearean tragedy brilliantly played in Mount Airy

Arts | April 6th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter I have seen Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” before but never a production so riveting as the one now running at Quintessence in Mt. Airy. Paul Hebron plays a stolid Julius Caesar, a dignified man though somewhat addled and dense. The play is more about the tragedy of Brutus and the meaning of politics. […]

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Local artists to talk craft at Gallery on the Avenue

Arts | April 5th, 2018 | Leave a comment

Gallery on the Avenue will host an “Artists Talk”  from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday, April 8. The gallery can is located at 8433 Germantown Ave. Three artists will speak about their artwork, what inspires them, and how they do it. The artists include: painter Judy McCabe Jarvis, sculptor Christopher Ward and painter Noelle Wister.

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