Two plays, both compelling and both somewhat flawed

Curtain Call | April 5th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at the Philadelphia Theatre Company and the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s fascinating if somewhat over-produced “Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq” made up an exciting pair of recent theater openings. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Playwright Christopher […]

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Neil Simon comedy in Ambler almost a suite success

Curtain Call | February 28th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Laughter being, as it is, the best medicine, there is lots of theatrical evidence why Neil Simon’s nickname is “Doc.” Simon’s “Hotel Suite,” Act II Playhouse in Ambler’s current offering (through March 23), is actually a compilation of scenes from his three “Suite” plays: “Plaza Suite,” “California Suite” and “London Suite.” In […]

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Family way too profane, noisy, in play about deaf boy

Curtain Call | February 8th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Actions speak louder than words. The truth of that statement is abundantly clear in Nina Raine’s highly praised “Tribes,” the drama about a creative and generally obnoxious family living in modern day London. Beth and Christopher are parents to Daniel, Ruth and Billy. All in the family are hearing except Billy, who […]

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