‘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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A moving story of love and friendship at Ambler theater

Curtain Call | March 10th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome A strong, independent Jewish lady and her wily black chauffeur form the core of the delicious “Driving Miss Daisy,” Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play that can be seen at Ambler’s Act II Playhouse through March 26. “Driving Miss Daisy” explores the 25-year period during which Hoke Coleburn (Brian Anthony Wilson) is chauffeur […]

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‘Goldman’ in Ambler almost always funny and satisfying

Curtain Call | September 25th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome “According to Goldman” is more evidence, if more evidence is needed, that Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham is an actor’s writer. In “Goldman,” as in all his other plays, Graham has a superb ear for dialogue. “According to Goldman” is playing at Ambler’s Act II Playhouse through Oct. 11. Gavin Miller (the delicious […]

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‘Stella and Lou’ shines brightly at People’s Light

Curtain Call | July 24th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome The press release People’s Light and Theatre wrote for its current production of local playwright Bruce Graham’s “Stella and Lou” says that this is a “deeply romantic play about people we rarely see on stage.” The operative word is “people.” What distinguishes Graham’s work — and I’ve seen about 20 of his […]

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‘Broadway’ is forbidden and highly entertaining in Ambler

Curtain Call | May 29th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome The cast includes Stephen Sondheim, Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, Liza Minnelli, Andrea McArdle, Harvey Fierstein and Barbra Streisand. They’re appearing in “Chicago,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Annie,” “Hello, Dolly,” “West Side Story,” “Spamalot,” “Rent,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” “Mama Mia,” “Cats,” “Les Misérables” and “A […]

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