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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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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.
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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.
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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.
NEWS
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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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.
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.
NEWS
July 7, 1988 | By ROSE DeWOLF, Daily News Staff Writer
Maybe you remember "Educating Rita" - the movie. It came out about five years ago and starred Michael Caine and Julie Walters. A delightful movie. It was based on a play that had been a smash hit in London. You can now see that play at the Bucks County Playhouse and it's even better than the movie. The plot consists of a series of meetings between two characters - Rita, played by Kitty Sullivan, and Frank, played by Brian Bedford. Rita is a hairdresser - her working-class origins obvious in every word she utters.
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August 20, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
On paper, there ain't much to Ain't Misbehavin' but the music. Unlike many songbook-driven shows or jukebox musicals, Richard Maltby Jr. and Murray Horwitz's revue of the songs of Fats Waller lacks a plot, biographical outline or a historically grounded narrative. These deficiencies show in Bucks County Playhouse's muddled though mostly well-sung production, directed by Hunter Foster. It starts with the set: Wilson Chin and David L. Arsenault's built-out barroom with a staircase leading up to a raised balcony, which fails to create a unified environment.
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July 22, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
NEW HOPE - With its smart, glamorous casting, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was a fun but somewhat rackety outing Saturday in its opening weekend at Bucks County Playhouse. The script showed its meddle when, despite hesitations and missteps in the performance, the audience was possessed at crucial junctures. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play, Vanya , which plays through Aug. 10, might initially seem like some brainy, inside-y Yale School of Drama riff on Chekhov.
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Neil Simon's Chapter Two , a 1976 Broadway hit and tribute to the romantic fortitude of the playwright's second wife, Marsha Mason, finds itself at the Bucks County Playhouse for yet another chapter. The twist this time is that Mason directs the story of her own marriage and the role that, for its film adaptation costarring James Caan, won her an Academy Award nomination. The pair met within a year of Simon's first wife's death from cancer, while Mason was licking her wounds from a divorce; they wed after a courtship of three weeks.
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May 1, 2014 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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NEWS
February 21, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IF LESLIE Uggams feels that she's been underappreciated as a show-business pioneer, she is too gracious and humble to make a big deal about it. "I have no control over that," said the 70-year-old singer-actress, who Saturday presents "An Evening with Leslie Uggams" at the Bucks County Playhouse, in New Hope. "I've done what I've done in my career to push things forward. It's really up to others to do their research and find out what I've done. " What Uggams did was considerable and significant, although she's not necessarily thought of in the same way as such groundbreakers as Bill Cosby ("I Spy")
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2013 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
After her Sound of Music live television performance Thursday, Carrie Underwood defenders took to social media to declare, "At least she had the guts to do it live. " Bucks County Playhouse's world premiere production, Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play , also takes a beloved classic and - much like other theaters, everywhere, all the time - performs it live, with far more consistent results, and without the budget and backing of a major network. So there. This year marks the second time a Joe Landry radio play has landed on BCP's stage, this time commissioned for the company.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IF YOU'RE schlepping out to Doylestown to take in the Grace Kelly exhibit at the Michener Art Museum, make sure you leave an hour or so to check out another multimedia historical exhibit there, dedicated to something that is as much a part of the region's pop-culture history as Her Serene Highness. The program's title, "Local Mill Makes Good," may be a little jokey, but its subject and the scores of pieces contained within are nothing less than fascinating. The display, which runs through March 2, tells the story of New Hope's 75-year-old Bucks County Playhouse.
NEWS
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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