Agatha Christie classic lightweight but entertaining

Arts, Curtain Call | March 27th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Two reactions followed me home from the opening night of the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” The first is that despite its pedigree and popularity as a theatrical adaptation of one of Christie’s best selling and most highly acclaimed novels, “And Then There Were None” […]

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Mark Twain reborn at theater in Ambler

Curtain Call, Local Life | January 30th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome A reading of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and excerpts from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” all major parts of actor Tom Teti’s “Mark Twain Unplugged,” remind us, if we needed reminding, of the brilliance of the man who just may be America’s greatest […]

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Comedy cabaret in Ambler definitely brightens spirits

Curtain Call, Local Life | December 19th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome For all its irreverence and eccentric contents, Ambler’s Act II Playhouse’s “Making Spirits Bright,” billed as “a comedy cabaret for the holidays,” captures the spirit of the season, albeit somewhat differently from the traditional holiday fare. The 70-minute show that runs through Jan. 3 starts with a hilarious medley of little known […]

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Two new short plays are both disappointments

Curtain Call, Local Life | October 23rd, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Two short plays made up what turned out to be a relatively disappointing theater week. Detroit The Philadelphia Theatre Company has opened its 40th anniversary season with Lisa D’Amour’s Obie Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Detroit.” I’m mystified that it has received all those accolades. The play explores the lives and relationships between two […]

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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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