Simon says: ‘Beach’ in Ambler a very pleasant place to visit

Curtain Call | June 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome  Neil Simon has written some of the English-speaking theater’s most popular plays. The prolific author of “Come Blow Your Horn,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” “Plaza Suite.” “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” “Lost in Yonkers,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” and so many other plays and musicals has quite possibly […]

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‘Bird’ sophomoric at times but graduates with honors

Curtain Call | September 29th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome “Stupid F&*king Bird,” Aaron Posner’s play with the media-unfriendly title, has been described as a “deconstruction” of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” Should, therefore, the theatergoer have a familiarity with the original Chekhov piece? Ideally no. But on opening night I felt as though there might be references in Posner’s piece that would […]

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Splendid revival of ‘South Pacific’ at Walnut Street

Curtain Call | September 22nd, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Back in 1949 when Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” opened on Broadway, musicals were almost always called “musical comedies.” While much of this magnificent show is very funny, it is anything but a traditional musical comedy. “South Pacific” is set during World War II on a remote island. Its plot involves war […]

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Get your money’s worth with songs of Cash

Curtain Call | July 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Clark Groome While there were always some of Johnny Cash’s songs that I really liked — most notably “A Boy Named Sue,” “I Walked the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues” — I was never a great fan. At least not until I saw “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” at People’s Light and […]

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‘Kiss Me, Kate’ in Ambler; a treasure often mishandled

Curtain Call | May 26th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome There’s so much to enjoy in the Act II production of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate” in Ambler that I almost regret reporting that the show has significant weaknesses; “almost regret reporting,” but here we go: Tops among the positives is Porter’s magnificent score, which includes “Why Can’t You Behave?” “Wundebar,” “So […]

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