October 8, 2012 |
From: Mr. Sherlock Holmes To: Dr. Watson I say, my dear Watson, we can make immediate deductions from our visit to Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood at the indubitably pleasant Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley - you know, just down the lane from the county town they call Media. First off, the play by Paul Giovanni - the same one that featured Glenn Close as the female lead on Broadway in 1978 and Charlton Heston as myself in that 1991 telly movie - is loose as the ashes in my pipe bowl.
January 15, 2014 |
I'm not sure why, with all the advances women have made in, well, everything, but certainly playwriting, Hedgerow Theatre chose to haul out Jack Heifner's 1976 hit dramedy Vanities . However, I'm 100 percent certain that, much like the three Southern belles at its core, it didn't age well. In 2009, someone thought Vanities had the makings of a Broadway musical. Fortunately, that effort never made it to the big time, and its consolation prize, an Off-Broadway run, closed after a month.
February 11, 2013 |
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Hedgerow Theatre serves up the world premiere of Larry McKenna's Strictly Platonic , a cute, chocolate-covered cherry of a romantic comedy. McKenna's 11-scene, 90-minute script wastes no time setting up its well-worn premise: It poses the life-altering question, "Do you ever look for meaningful relationships?" The recipient of that question invariably is a self-centered, shallow playboy, in this case, real estate agent Tim (Brendan Cataldo). We meet him in the first scene as he rides home on the train from a night of bar hopping - and phone-number scoring - with his best friend, Josh (Jamie Goldman)
June 6, 2011 |
Two Into One is the 10th Ray Cooney farce produced by Hedgerow Theatre. It's also the 10th with longtime company members Zoran Kovcic and Susan Wefel. And it's the second Cooney work featuring Kovcic as the hapless George Pigden, personal secretary to extramaritally inclined member of Parliament - wait for it - Richard Willey (Shaun Yates) and his lusty wife Pamela (Rebecca Cureton). The first was Out of Order , which premiered in 1981. The 30th anniversary seems an appropriate time to remind audiences why the company keeps turning to this particular Brit for its summer entertainment.
July 17, 2013 |
Every summer for a dozen years, Hedgerow Theatre has trotted out a farce - some new, some old - by England's reigning farceur, Ray Cooney. Run for Your Wife was their first, as well as Cooney's most successful, and the company revives it again with Penelope Reed behind its wildly veering wheel. The comedy ran for nine years on London's West End, closing in 1991, but last year received an abysmal screen treatment that left reviewers decrying its stale humor. So, have we moved past this zigzagging farce's freshness date?
October 24, 2013 |
Only one fault mars Hedgerow Theatre's chilling production of Shakespeare's Macbeth : that the audience, so close to the action in that intimate farmhouse space, nonetheless does not actually lie within the world of the play. It's a metaphysical objection, I realize, that no staging could surmount. However, director Dan Hodge and his design team try hard to overcome it in their vivid blend of psychological thriller and supernatural terror. In Patrick Lamborn's World War I-era sound design, the screams of propellers and the roar of dogfights raging overhead contrast with the wails of witches wafting up from the earth.
July 9, 2012 |
Does it matter if a professional theater panders to its audience? The Hedgerow Theatre has produced a Ray Cooney farce for 11 summers straight, and the company's artistic director, Penelope Reed, certainly doesn't think so. During her preshow address, a sea of eager hands shot up when Reed asked who had already seen one of their Cooney productions. In response, Reed exclaimed, "That's why we do them!" In her defense, Cooney has penned some of the genre's most successful plays.
March 23, 2016 |
If The Mysterious Affair at Styles sounds like a long-winded title, well, it's a long play with a convoluted plot. With mixed success, the Hedgerow Theatre's world premiere of Jared Reed's adaptation of this, Agatha Christie's first novel, tries to enliven the plot while keeping every clue and wrinkle. Styles is a manor in Essex, where, in 1916, the widowed Emily Inglethorp (Stacy Skinner) resides with her new, decades-younger husband, Alfred (Mark Swift). Emily's two step-sons, John (Ned Pryce)
November 24, 2012 |
At noon Friday, it's officially time to skate. The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing opens its new season and also presents a concert. Festivities celebrating the rink's 19th season will start at noon with a ribbon-cutting, followed by a Q102 Jingle Ball Preview Concert featuring pop music duo Megan & Liz. The 19-year-old fraternal twin sisters from Nashville, listed on Billboard's "21 Under 21: Music's Hottest Minors 2012," will perform songs...
April 12, 2011 |
Bernice/Butterfly is an evening of two one-act plays tied together by a single thread in their story lines, but what really binds them tightly at Hedgerow Theatre is performances by two veteran actors who bring a strength as powerful as the works themselves. Which is not to dismiss the plays, by a long shot. Bernice/Butterfly is adroitly written by Nagle Jackson, whose several stints as an artistic director included one at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Jackson turned to writing later in his career, and is playwright-in-residence at Hedgerow, in Rose Valley near Media.