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PhiladelphiaTheatreCo. Celebrates 40 With Stars Aligned

Lew Whittington | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Lew Whittington

The Philadelphia Theatre Company is marking its 40th anniversary season and weathering a rough season of solving ongoing fiscal problems. Meanwhile, the shows must go on, Sara Garonzik, PTC's artistic director said this week "and more" as the company looks to the future with Theatre Masters Series.

Send in the Clowns

George Heymont | Posted 02.27.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Today, clowning has achieved a level of professionalism that could only have been dreamed of in the early days of vaudeville and touring circuses.

Bill Irwin and David Shiner Dazzle and Shine in Hilarious Old Hats

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

In Old Hat's nine segments, Shiner and Irwin offer the best wordless physical comedy you'll ever see.

Theater's Clown Princes Deliver Fresh Hilarity in ACT's Old Hats

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.18.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Has ACT's Geary Theater ever rocked with laughter to match the roars that greeted Bill Irwin, David Shiner and friends at the opening of Old Hats, which just kicked off the company's 2014-15 season?

An Art Form That Just Keeps Evolving

George Heymont | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

I'm often amused by the random juxtaposition of shows I attend from one night to the next. One could hardly position two American musicals that differ quite as much in their performance history, style, and appeal than the two I saw in back-to-back performances a few months ago.

Afloat on the Joys of San Francisco Opera's Showboat

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

I'm surprised at the opera snobbishness of the people who've wondered why San Francisco Opera is presenting a musical this summer -- that is to say, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's Show Boat.

"Show Boat" - Jerome Kern's Masterpiece at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.05.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

It's an opera - where the ideal performer with the optimal voice is a capital match for the intentions of the composer and his lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein II.

A Midsummer Saturday Night's Fever Dream

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 08.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Photo by Chelsea Sutton The Troubadour Theater Company - affectionately referred to by their fans as "The Troubies" - are a rascally and very talent...

Theater: The Funny & Smart Ann Richards Via Holland Taylor; Serious Clowning In Old Hats

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Holland Taylor has delivered a labor of love in this one-woman show about Ann Richards, the governor of Texas. It's a credit to Taylor that we feel like we've spent some time with Richards and would like to know more. It's a shame that this pleasant diversion doesn't work better as theater.

Once More With Feeling

George Heymont | Posted 03.27.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Few actors, when asked during an audition "What else can you do?" can honestly answer "I can tap dance dressed as a gorilla."

Theater Review: Atomic Holiday Free Fall

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

To call this a captivating evening is an understatement. The result is a rewarding, thought-provoking experience that draws you into theatrical wonderland.

"The Forgotscars:" a Place for the Oscar Forgotten

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

If you don't agree with my "Forgotscars" nominees, add your own. Vote by February 21, the day before the real Oscars, and let the Academy know they're not the only show in town.