July 22, 2015 |
By the end of Stella and Lou , the excellent Bruce Graham play that opened over the weekend at People's Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, you're relieved that this love-amid-the-ruins play, about middle-aged people getting a second chance at life, was premiered with respectable success in Chicago. So echt -Philly is this script that people from elsewhere might not understand why venturing into New Jersey is measured by the number of toll booths - and miss the play's considerable deeper issues.
September 11, 2013 |
I loved Bruce Graham's hard-hitting comedy Any Given Monday when Theatre Exile gave it its 2010 world premiere. Delaware Theatre Company's furious production confirmed my original assessment: I still love it. It's my kind of play. But that alone wouldn't persuade my family to hike to Wilmington to catch this riveting rendition. So below, three reasons why any theater lover should see this play. It deals with real life. Too many couples these days cheat or divorce. More than two-thirds of the time, men don't initiate the latter process.
April 15, 2012 |
Sunday What is to be lost In Bruce Graham's textured drama The Outgoing Tide, a flinty patriarch comes up with a plan to deal with his diminishing capacities, laid out to his reluctant wife and beleaguered son at the family's cabin on the Chesapeake. The Philadelphia Theatre Company production goes on at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets, and continues with shows at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. next Sunday.
March 30, 2012 |
Bruce Graham's fine new play, The Outgoing Tide, at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, is deeply moving and surprisingly funny, a straight-talking, unpretentious meditation on Alzheimer's and end-of-life suffering: "Quality of life. Kiss my ass. " Directed with invisible finesse and strength by James J. Christy, the excellent cast provides bedrock realism, refusing any of the topic's maudlin possibilities. The fact is, Gunner (Richard Poe), a tough guy who ran a trucking company and dealt with the Teamsters, is losing his memory and his mind; he still has enough left to plan his exit, refusing to settle for years of humiliating deterioration in a "home.
October 13, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Nuance - the shadows and creases that provide depth and richness - is what makes the Off-Broadway production of Any Given Monday so different from its world-premiere version last year in Philadelphia. Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham has reworked a bit of his striking, funny play, which overturns commonly held values in order to celebrate the very notion of values. But that's only partly why Any Given Monday differs in overall effect from its first productions at Theatre Exile in Center City, then Act II Playhouse in Ambler, joint producers of its premiere.
October 18, 2010
In his native Philadelphia, Bruce Graham is best known as the prolific and acclaimed author of numerous plays, including "Burkie," "Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille," "Moon Over the Brewery," "Belmont Avenue Social Club" and "Coyote on a Fence," which won the Rosenthal Prize and two Drama Desk nominations (and whose staging in London's West End starred Ben Cross, of "Chariots of Fire" fame). His efforts have been recognized with two Barrymore Awards (the local equivalent of the Tonys)
February 13, 2010 |
That ker-CHUNK! you're hearing after the storm isn't confined to the clots of snow falling from trees and rooftops. You can sense the sound inside Plays & Players Theatre, too, where Bruce Graham's terrific new Any Given Monday, a funny and mesmerizingly dark adventure set in a family room somewhere in Philadelphia, is in its world premiere. At the theater, what's falling onto the stage and crashing to pieces is more fragile even than snow. It's a moral code. And maybe it's making a more shattering sound - like the crashing of those tablets Moses is said to have dropped.
May 31, 2009 |
When playwright Michael Whistler arrived for a session with Wyndmoor family therapist Abby Ruder earlier this year, it was hardly your typical hour - more like four. And Whistler didn't even have personal issues that needed a going-over. What he had was the script for Little Lamb, now in previews and opening Wednesday in its InterAct Theatre Company world premiere. It tackles, in a blend of issues of the sort that has become an InterAct hallmark, multiple themes: adoption, in this case gay adoption; building transracial families; and bigotry based on stereotypes in Latino, African American, gay, and religious communities.
March 28, 2004 |
In his book Adventures in the Screen Trade, Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman observed that "nobody knows anything," widely regarded as the most knowledgeable assessment of the way things do and don't work in Hollywood. Bruce Graham, the playwright who has forged a successful second career in Tinseltown despite defiantly staying home near Media, learned the wisdom of Goldman's celebrated observation a few years ago. Disney flew Graham to Los Angeles for a script meeting at its headquarters and put him up at a suitably baronial hotel.
October 26, 2001 |
Produced by the defunct Philadelphia Festival for New Plays in 1984, Burkie was Bruce Graham's first play. Well-received then, it was hailed as a harbinger of the talent that was to turn Graham into the area's best-known playwright. Revisited 17 years later in its first professional local revival by Theatre Exile at the Walnut Street Theatre's Studio 3, Burkie can be appreciated as more than just an impressive first effort; it's a good play, period. Burkie is an emotionally intense family drama that - with the help of this strong production - taps deeply into the humanity of its characters and touches the audience.