Kelli Curtin

Kelli Curtin Kelli Curtin is a Broadwayworld contributor based in Pennsylvania. In addition, to writing for broadwayworld.com she is editor and writer for TheatreSensation.com and blogs about theatre for Fig Lancaster. Kelli is excited to share her passion about theatre and the Arts with her readers. Kelli can be found on twitter @theatrescribe and on Facebook/theatresensation. Read more from Kelli at www.theatresensation.com.
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BWW Review: KISS ME, KATE at Act II Playhouse Will Keep Audiences SmilingBWW Review: KISS ME, KATE at Act II Playhouse Will Keep Audiences Smiling
Posted: May. 24, 2016


BWW Interview: Erin Mackey Talks about A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME at Bucks County PlayhouseBWW Interview: Erin Mackey Talks about A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME at Bucks County Playhouse
Posted: Jan. 22, 2016


BWW Review: Walnut Street Theatre's HIGH SOCIETY is a Delightful Night of TheatreBWW Review: Walnut Street Theatre’s HIGH SOCIETY is a Delightful Night of Theatre
Posted: Sep. 23, 2015


BWW Review: Act II Playhouse Presents a Zany THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAYBWW Review: Act II Playhouse Presents a Zany THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY
Posted: Nov. 3, 2015


BWW Interview: Brain Anthony Wilson Talks about DRIVING MISS DAISY at Act II PlayhouseBWW Interview: Brain Anthony Wilson Talks about DRIVING MISS DAISY at Act II Playhouse
Posted: Mar. 1, 2016


BWW Review: Act II Playhouse Presents an Engaging and Sublime ACCORDING TO GOLDMANBWW Review: Act II Presents an Engaging and Sublime ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN
Posted: Sep. 15, 2015


BWW Review: KISS ME, KATE at Act II Playhouse Will Keep Audiences SmilingBWW Review: KISS ME, KATE at Act II Playhouse Will Keep Audiences Smiling
May 24, 2016

Act II Playhouse's production of KISS ME, KATE is a show that is imbued with energy and full of delightful musical numbers. It has a sensational score by Cole Porter that will please audiences. This show, under the direction of Peter Reynolds and with the incredible choreography by Maggie Anderson, is a reminder of the timeless melodies of Porter and it has a cast that will entertain audiences. KISS ME, KATE at Act II Playhouse shines and will have members of the audience smiling from start to finish.
BWW Review: SLEEPING HANDSOME at Act II Playhouse Enchants AudiencesBWW Review: SLEEPING HANDSOME at Act II Playhouse Enchants Audiences
April 19, 2016

This past weekend, Act II Playhouse opened a new play for children, SLEEPING HANDSOME. This play is a new story with a twist on the classic fairy tale, SLEEPING BEAUTY. This was my first time attending one of Act II's productions for kids, and I was delighted by not only the quality of the play, but also the originality of the story. SLEEPING HANDSOME is interactive and energetic, and children will be captivated by this enchanting play as this fantastical tale comes to life on stage.
BWW Review: An Exceptional DRIVING MISS DAISY Pulls Into Act II PlayhouseBWW Review: An Exceptional DRIVING MISS DAISY Pulls Into Act II Playhouse
March 8, 2016

Almost thirty years after DRIVING MISS DAISY had its premiere Off-Broadway, this play still feels remarkably relevant today. The intimate setting at Act II Playhouse works well for this play as the audience immediately connects with the story. DRIVING MISS DAISY focuses on an older Southern woman, Daisy, and her chauffer, Hoke Colburn. At its heart, this play is about companionship and how friendship can transcend any barrier of race or creed. In addition, this show's cast is perfectly suited to their roles as they draw the audience into the story while heartwarmingly depicting the growing friendship between Daisy and Hoke. DRIVING MISS DAISY at Act II Playhouse, under the direction of James J. Christy, is a brilliant production complete with masterful performances.
BWW Interview: Brain Anthony Wilson Talks about DRIVING MISS DAISY at Act II PlayhouseBWW Interview: Brain Anthony Wilson Talks about DRIVING MISS DAISY at Act II Playhouse
March 1, 2016

DRIVING MISS DAISY at Act II Playhouse is one of the most anticipated shows this spring in the Philadelphia area. People have been talking about this production because of the all-star cast comprised of Carla Belver, Brian Anthony Wilson and Tony Braithwaite, under the direction of James Christy. DRIVING MISS DAISY is about an older Southern woman, Daisy, and her driver, Hoke Colburn, who is employed by her son when he becomes concerned over her ability to drive. The play explores the friendship that forms between Daisy and Hoke over the years.
BWW Interview: Erin Mackey Talks about A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME at Bucks County PlayhouseBWW Interview: Erin Mackey Talks about A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME at Bucks County Playhouse
January 22, 2016

A brand new musical, A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME: UNDRESSING BETTY CROCKER ONE SONG AT A TIME, begins at Bucks County Playhouse on January 30, 2016. This show is about a group of friends who form a woman's cooking club in the 1950s. I had the opportunity to speak with Erin Mackey who is playing the role of Connie Olsen in the production. Mackey is best known for her Broadway credits playing Glinda in WICKED, Oona in CHAPLIN and most recently Mary Catlett in AMAZING GRACE. I spoke to Mackey about this brand new musical and what audiences can expect as well as her first role on stage.
BWW Review: Get Ready for a Laughter Filled Trip with ON THE ROAD AGAIN at Act II PlayhouseBWW Review: Get Ready for a Laughter Filled Trip with ON THE ROAD AGAIN at Act II Playhouse
January 19, 2016

Once again Jennifer Childs and Tony Braithwaite delight audiences with their newest show at Act II Playhouse, ON THE ROAD AGAIN. In this show Braithwaite and Childs take a look at traveling and the need to get away from it all. This world premiere comedy cabaret is a fast-paced and intelligently funny show, and it is a reminder why Childs and Braithwaite are Philly's funniest comedy duo.
BWW Review: Get in the Holiday Spirit with BEHIND THE MUSIC: HOLIDAY TUNES at Act II PlayhouseBWW Review: Get in the Holiday Spirit with BEHIND THE MUSIC: HOLIDAY TUNES at Act II Playhouse
December 14, 2015

The month of December is the time of year in which everyone seems to be rushing about to check things off their "things to do list." This time of year, when the bustle of the holiday season is upon us, we can all use a bit of holiday cheer and some time to sit back, relax and be entertained. BEHIND THE MUSIC: HOLIDAY TUNES at Act II Playhouse is wonderfully suited for this time of year. This show, under the direction of Matt Silva, entertains audiences as it tells the stories behind holiday standards through the show dialog and songs.
BWW Review: Act II Playhouse Presents a Zany THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAYBWW Review: Act II Playhouse Presents a Zany THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY
November 3, 2015

THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY is a show that will provide audiences with hearty laughter and an entertaining evening of theatre. Ken Ludwig's THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY is the current show at Act II Playhouse, and it is a show that will delight audiences with its zaniness. The show is about life, love and the love of golf. Although, from personal experience, I can say that you do not need a great deal of knowledge about golf to enjoy this comedy. The production of THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY, under the direction of William Roudebush, at Act II Playhouse is a fast paced comedy with an energetic cast that will amuse audiences.
BWW Review: Walnut Street Theatre's HIGH SOCIETY is a Delightful Night of TheatreBWW Review: Walnut Street Theatre's HIGH SOCIETY is a Delightful Night of Theatre
September 23, 2015

The Walnut Street Theatre opens its 207th season with Cole Porter's HIGH SOCIETY. This musical transports audiences to an estate in Oyster Bay in the late 1930s where a New York socialite is about to be wed. This grand musical is a show that is highly entertaining for audiences as they watch the plot unfold. The Walnut Street Theatre brings HIGH SOCIETY to life with lots of laughs, dazzling performances and a beautiful score.
BWW Review: Act II Playhouse Presents an Engaging and Sublime ACCORDING TO GOLDMANBWW Review: Act II Playhouse Presents an Engaging and Sublime ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN
September 15, 2015

ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN is described as a "comedic drama." This show is brimming with comedic moments as well as many moments that are filled with emotion. However, there is a depth to this play through its twists and turns, and intense and engaging moments. This play moves very quickly, and from the time the play begins the audience is immersed in the story. The production of ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN at Act II Playhouse has a cast that engages the audience with their energy, and this is an element that draws the audience into the play. The play promises to have humor, charm and gripping moments, and this production at Act II Playhouse delivers on all counts.
BWW Reviews: Bucks County Playhouse Presents a Beautiful ON GOLDEN PONDBWW Reviews: Bucks County Playhouse Presents a Beautiful ON GOLDEN POND
July 16, 2015

I would describe Bucks County Playhouse's production of ON GOLDEN POND, under the direction of Jonathan Silverstein, as comforting. The show is a warm-hearted and beautiful production with a cast that skillfully crafts a portrait of a family. The story is nostalgic and takes the audience on a journey back to simpler times. ON GOLDEN POND sheds light on the complexities of relationships and how they change over time. ON GOLDEN POND at Bucks County Playhouse pays homage to aging and family relationships, and this production has a solid and outstanding cast.
BWW Reviews: Bucks County Playhouse Presents an Enjoyable COMPANYBWW Reviews: Bucks County Playhouse Presents an Enjoyable COMPANY
June 8, 2015

'Phone rings, door chimes, in comes company.' This is how the title song from Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical, COMPANY, begins. This musical is about marriage and commitment, and it is set in New York City. COMPANY is considered one of the more challenging musicals for the cast, crew and orchestra, but if it is done well it provides for a highly enjoyable evening of theatrical entertainment. Bucks County Playhouse produces an entertaining production of COMPANY, with a strong cast.
BWW Reviews: Laugh Along with FORBIDDEN BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS at Act II PlayhouseBWW Reviews: Laugh Along with FORBIDDEN BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS at Act II Playhouse
May 26, 2015

If you enjoy Broadway musicals and hilarious satire, you will get a healthy dose of both of these in FORBIDDEN BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS at Act II Playhouse. This show is the "best of the best." Not only is it a spoof of Broadway shows, but it also has a phenomenal cast, and it is set in the intimate setting of Act II Playhouse, which works as the perfect setting for this cabaret style show. This production of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS at Act II Playhouse tackles the best and brightest of Broadway with vigor and enthusiasm.
BWW Reviews: Bucks County Playhouse Presents an Aspiring New Musical: NATIONAL PASTIMEBWW Reviews: Bucks County Playhouse Presents an Aspiring New Musical: NATIONAL PASTIME
April 9, 2015

Bucks County Playhouse opens their 2015 season with a new musical about baseball, NATIONAL PASTIME. This musical is a show that takes audiences back to the 1930s. It is a musical about baseball, but it also a show about the 1930s culture and radio in small town America. Under the direction of Hunter Foster, NATIONAL PASTIME is a lighthearted production that takes the audience back to 1933 and pays homage to days gone by.
BWW Interviews: Hunter Foster Talks NATIONAL PASTIME at Bucks County PlayhouseBWW Interviews: Hunter Foster Talks NATIONAL PASTIME at Bucks County Playhouse
March 31, 2015

The 2015 season at Bucks County Playhouse is opening with the musical comedy NATIONAL PASTIME. This show is about the American dream, baseball and a show with a lot of heart. I had a chance to speak with Hunter Foster who is directing this musical and who will also direct BCP's next production, COMPANY. I spoke with Foster about NATIONAL PASTIME and what audiences can expect, as well as his returning to Bucks County Playhouse for a third year in row.
BWW Reviews: Act II Playhouse Presents a Ferociously Funny UNNECESSARY FARCEBWW Reviews: Act II Playhouse Presents a Ferociously Funny UNNECESSARY FARCE
March 3, 2015

Act II Playhouse's production of UNNECESSARY FARCE by Paul Smith Slade is boisterous, funny, chaotic and a wonderfully done farce. According to a press release from Act II Playhouse, this show has 'Two Cops. Three Crooks. Eight Doors. One Killer in a Kilt.' Without giving too much away, this show is about an undercover cop and a rookie cop who are prepared to take down a corrupt mayor, but just like in any good farce, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. UNNECESSARY FARCE at Act II Playhouse is a delightfully amusing show that will have audiences laughing throughout the show.
BWW Reviews: Walnut Street Theatre Presents a Smashing PRIVATE LIVESBWW Reviews: Walnut Street Theatre Presents a Smashing PRIVATE LIVES
February 3, 2015

The latest show to grace the stage at the Walnut Street Theatre is No?l Coward's PRIVATE LIVES. Many have called this show Coward's finest and funniest romantic comedy. This comedy is about a divorced couple, Amanda and Elyot, who have remarried and are on their honeymoon with their new spouses in France. What is a surprise to them is that while they are on their honeymoon, they discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. PRIVATE LIVES at the Walnut Street Theatre is full of sparkle and passion, and has a cast that will delight audience with their antics and liveliness.
BWW Reviews: Spend an Evening with Mark Twain at Act II Playhouse's MARK TWAIN UNPLUGGEDBWW Reviews: Spend an Evening with Mark Twain at Act II Playhouse's MARK TWAIN UNPLUGGED
January 27, 2015

Mark Twain is not only one of the most beloved and widely read American authors, but he is also a gifted raconteur and distinctive humorist. MARK TWAIN UNPLUGGED, the latest show at Act II Playhouse, wonderfully captures all these characteristics of Twain and brings him to life in this show. This production, which is like spending an evening with Twain in the form of a stop on his small town speaking circuit, beautifully captures the essence of Twain with a dialogue that is witty, passionate and clever.
BWW Reviews: Act II Playhouse Delivers Holiday Cheer with MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHTBWW Reviews: Act II Playhouse Delivers Holiday Cheer with MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
December 15, 2014

It is that time of year when the bustle of the holiday season is upon us and we all have a list of "things to do" before the holidays arrive. It is a time of year when we can all use a bit of holiday cheer, and relax, sit back and have a good laugh. That is exactly what Act II Playhouse does with their show MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT, and they do this well. MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT is a show that makes audiences laugh as the cast of talented actors provide a lighthearted look at the holidays that everyone will enjoy.
BWW Reviews: American Music Theatre Brightens the Holidays with the 2014 CHRISTMAS SHOW: JOY TO THE WORLDBWW Reviews: American Music Theatre Brightens the Holidays with the 2014 CHRISTMAS SHOW: JOY TO THE WORLD
November 17, 2014

American Music Theatre opens the holiday season with the 2014 CHRISTMAS SHOW: JOY TO THE WORLD. This show definitely will brighten the spirits of everyone during the holiday season. What I love about this show every year is that they have something for everyone. The show has traditional holiday carols such as "O Holy Night," classic songs such as "Carol of the Bells," and contemporary songs such as "Believe." There are moments in this show that will bring out the kid in all of us, remind us of the spirit of the holidays and emphasize the importance of family. Every year American Music Theatre produces a holiday show, and this year's production will instill the audience with a sense of holiday spirit and joy.


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