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April 28, 1988 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
Tammy Grimes, that most individual of entertainers, swept regally into New Hope Tuesday night to give the Bucks County Playhouse's new era a stylish send-off. Grimes is a two-time Tony Award-winning actress (for The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Private Lives) and a chanteuse of formidable flair. The singer always has the actress with her, as can be verified at An Evening With Tammy Grimes, which opened the Playhouse's 1988 season. The program is a rare treat - a demonstration, in part, of how to turn almost any ditty into an art song.
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November 6, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two veteran Broadway producers will join the Bucks County Playhouse in January to replace the theater's current producing director, who is leaving to lead Lincoln Center in New York City. Robyn Goodman, who produced the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q and is currently lead producer for Broadway's Cinderella , will be the playhouse's executive producer, its owners announced Monday. Alexander Fraser, who won a Tony Award in 2011 for producing The Normal Heart and has worked on more than 70 shows, will be producing director.
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July 8, 1988 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
Educating Rita - the play, not the movie made from it - is making its first appearance in these parts at the Bucks County Playhouse in a production distinguished by some trenchant comic acting by Brian Bedford. Bedford plays the professor who educates Rita, a working-class girl with an insatiable hunger for high culture, portrayed by Kitty Sullivan. A hit in London in 1980, the two-character play is a funny variation on the Pygmalion theme by Britain's Willy Russell, a working-class bloke who dropped out of school in Liverpool at the age of 15 to join a rock group.
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May 25, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Almost immediately after opening, the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope became known as one of the nation's top summer theaters. More than 1,000 people vied for about 300 tickets on the night of its first show, according to newspaper accounts, and along Main Street, "children peered from trees as Broadway and Hollywood celebrities attended the premiere performance. " The theater, in a converted mill along the Delaware River, became a proving ground for young actors such as Grace Kelly and Angela Lansbury.
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January 17, 2012 | By Bill Reed, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After rescuing the iconic Bucks County Playhouse from a year of dormancy, the new owners and operators are aiming to light up the New Hope stage for a May fund-raiser, two summer plays, and a Christmas holiday show. "I can't imagine what it was like in 1939," when playwright Moss Hart put on the first show, Springtime for Henry, after converting the decaying 18th-century gristmill, Broadway producer Jed Bernstein said Tuesday. "It will be pretty exciting when the lights blaze on again.
NEWS
July 11, 2014
WITH THE wonderful Marilu Henner heading the cast, there's already enough of a reason to see Christopher Durang 's 2013 Tony-winning comedy, "Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike" at New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse. But if you still need a nudge, know that you'll also be seeing Durang's debut in the role of Vanya. The July 17 to Aug. 10 run marks the first time that Durang, 65, who has sporadically performed for decades, will be on the boards since 2005, when he co-starred with Tony recipient Debra Monk in a Boston production of his two-person "Laughing Wild.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
A funny thing happened on the way to the 21st century: The definition and importance of marriage shifted, gayness came out of the shadows and proliferated in public, pop cultural, and political life, and Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company turned into a period piece. Bucks County Playhouse's current production brings out the bright side of single-and-searching 35-year-old Bobby-baby-bubi and his well-intentioned married friends. But not even the casting of Bucks County celeb Justin Guarini in that central role can mask the fact that the time may have passed for this version of the show.
NEWS
September 30, 1988 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Bucks County Playhouse has canceled two productions, the musical Company and An Evening With John Raitt and Anna Maria Alberghetti, that had been scheduled to run through Nov. 6. Playhouse producer Hal Grossman said the productions were canceled because of poor advance ticket sales. "It became apparent it was financially unfeasible to bring both shows to the playhouse," he said in a recent news release. The playhouse's season ended Sunday with the final performance of a female version of The Odd Couple, starring Sandy Dennis and Kaye Ballard.
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June 27, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Remember Deathtrap , Ira Levin's 1978 murder-mystery thriller? The one that lasted four years on Broadway and was adapted into a Sidney Lumet film starring Dyan Cannon, Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve? The one broadcast on a perpetual loop during HBO's early years? Bucks County Playhouse's current production sparks another mystery: How do you murder a sure thing? Let's examine the clues. Exhibit A: Plot. This is a story about scaring a woman to death so her husband, a playwright of mysteries whose successes are on the wane, can live off her fortune, shacking up and writing a new thriller with his young lover, a former student.
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August 11, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
T ARAN KILLAM has been such a versatile member of Saturday Night Live over the past six seasons, some weeks it seemed as if he was in every sketch. That balanced out Jay Pharoah , who went whole shows without seeming to be in any sketch. Now they're both out at NBC's late-night staple. In the short run, that means no more of the scathing reviews from Killam's 1860s newspaper critic Jebidiah Atkinson, but also that either Leslie Jones or Sasheer Zamata is going to have to play Michelle Obama and Barack . Pharoah made it possible for SNL to have rappers on every week because he could impersonate all the biggies, and Killam excelled at unctuous, whitebread characters and vapid innocents.
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July 23, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
Charles Busch - a man - is perhaps not the most obvious casting choice for a Rosalind Russell-type nun. But since he wrote The Divine Sister , a comedic homage to Hollywood nuns, opening at the Bucks County Playhouse, we're willing to overlook gender. Why is this play so special to you? I hadn't had a critical success in a while, so I forgot what was it like. One line from the Times review, it was quite lovely, said it was my "freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades.
NEWS
June 30, 2016
PHILADELPHIA Building & Theater Tour Focusing on the Kimmel Center's history & architectural highlights. Organ demos on 1st Sats. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. Free. Wawa Welcome America! Festival Philadelphia's Fourth of July celebration w/free concerts, children's activities, fireworks & more. Wawa Welcome America! Festival, Locations throughout the city. Free. 6/29. BUCKS COUNTY New Hope: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Musical based on the short but phenomenal career & life of the rock legend.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Richard Harling has written a number of works populated mainly by female characters that show a deft understanding of his subject matter. While the "not about us without us" crowd might frown upon a man writing fairly exclusively about women, Bucks County Playhouse's engaging, star-studded production of Harling's 1987 Steel Magnolias teems with realities that transcend the localized, historical flair of this play. Steel Magnolias obliquely refers to the six women of Harling's cast, three generations of resilient Louisiana small-town wives and mothers that congregate regularly at Truvy's beauty salon.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
Steel Magnolias Through June 18 at Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope. Tickets: $40-$84. Information: 215-862-2121 or www.bcptheater.org
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2016
Steel Magnolias Saturday through June 18, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, Pa., $50-$84, 215-862-2121, bcptheater.org.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
For a woman who has played villains and decidedly nasty women for most of her career - from Clint Eastwood's tormentor in Play Misty for Me to Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development to the voice of Malory Archer in FX's spy send-up Archer - Jessica Walter is unfailingly polite. She was late for our phone call and apologized profusely throughout our conversation. "I never do this!" she said over and over again. Walter is in Bucks County for the next month to play another nasty piece of work: Ouiser in the Bucks County Playhouse's Steel Magnolias . Shirley MacLaine famously played the part in the 1989 movie version.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2016
Theater A Taste of Things To Come New musical about 4 women participating in a baking contest in '50s-era Illinois. Closes 2/21. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. $35-$69. A Wonderful Noise New musical about a group of girls who disguise themselves as boys to participate in a barbershop competition during WWII. Closes 2/21. Villanova University - Villanova Theatre, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova; 610-519-7474. $23-$25. Ariadne in Elkins & Does It Quack?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2016
Theater A Moon for the Misbegotten 2 lost souls find solace with one another on a Connecticut farm. Closes 2/7. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30-$35. A Taste of Things To Come New musical about 4 women participating in a baking contest in '50s-era Illinois. Closes 2/21. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. $30. A Taste of Things To Come New musical about 4 women participating in a baking contest in '50s-era Illinois.
NEWS
December 20, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
It's another holiday season, and that means another Bucks County Playhouse production of a Joe Landry holiday classic. This time, it's a reprise of 2012's It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play . Though some of the credits have changed, traditionalists needn't fear. Rob Bissinger's set, with backdrop highlighting important Bedford Falls landmarks, and Nicole Moody's warm costumes, the cranberry velvet and warm, woolen plaids, remain. Broadway veteran Hunter Foster directs, and although the show lacks the shimmer of star power that American Idol 's Justin Guarini brought last time, this cast carries with aplomb the spirit of George Bailey, guardian angel Clarence Odbody, and the rest of those friendly upstate neighbors.
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