August 11, 2016 |
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.
July 23, 2016 |
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.
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.
May 31, 2016 |
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.
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
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.
May 27, 2016 |
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.
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?
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.
December 20, 2015 |
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.