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.
September 14, 2015 |
Fixed income? I had no idea what those words really meant until we retired and were there. Like many baby boomers, we've taken our share of financial hits. We've also made a few "great decisions at the time" that have come back to bite us in our fixed incomes. Neither of us got the 30-year handshake, which would have given us the financial freedom to play in Europe like many of our friends. We play anyway. The other day, we went on a European road trip . . . in Bucks County and New Jersey.
July 15, 2015 |
Can you revisit the magic, and perhaps repair the frustrations, of a childhood at once idyllic and a persistent source of contemporary stress? The folks at Bucks County Playhouse must have thought so when they decided to produce Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond, which features the finest performances I've seen on stage this season. Thompson's 1979 play portrays a lost slice of Americana in its story of Norman and Ethel Thayer, spending their 48th summer in a secluded cabin on Golden Pond in Maine.
June 2, 2015 |
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.