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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Baseball season not over at local theaters

Curtain Call | September 18th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Last week two baseball-themed plays opened a day apart. They are very different plays, but both are blessed with strong productions. They almost make you forget about the futility of the Phillies season. Rounding Third Two Little League coaches with differing points of view about the purpose of their team’s activities bicker […]

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J.S. Bach’s theatrical job audition very entertaining

Curtain Call | July 18th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome When six musicians show up in Leipzig, Germany, to audition to be organist Johann Kuhnau’s replacement, all manner of madness ensues. The first thing you notice in the People’s Light and Theatre Company’s production (in Malvern) of Itamar Moses’ “Bach at Leipzig” is the curtain speech. You know the drill: turn off […]

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Newest play openings: one winner and one loser

Curtain Call | June 6th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome A thrilling play by local playwright Michael Hollinger and a disappointing production of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” opened last week. Here’s my take on them. Incorruptible When I saw the world premiere production of Michael Hollinger’s “Incorruptible” 18 years ago, I was taken by its wit, which bordered on farce, and […]

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