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BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS at Open Stage Photo BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS at Open Stage
by Andrea Stephenson - October 11, 2020

Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, has inspired numerous TV, film, and stage adaptations. Frankenstein, as it's commonly known, explores a number of intriguing questions....
BWW Review: THE ZOO STORY at Gamut Theatre Group Photo BWW Review: THE ZOO STORY at Gamut Theatre Group
by Andrea Stephenson - October 10, 2020

The Zoo Story is the first of Edward Albee's plays to be produced. It premiered in Berlin in 1959 and, in 1960, The Zoo Story was performed at Provincetown Playhouse in New York. ...
BWW Review: MILLLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Photo BWW Review: MILLLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - September 18, 2020

Performing arts are starting to make a comeback in Central Pennsylvania! Million Dollar Quartet opened at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater on September 17, and it serves as a solid choice to reacquaint local audiences with the unique magic of live theater. I was tempted to joke that it was the best show t...
BWW Review: CHEKHOV COMEDY: LOVE HURTS! at Gamut Theatre Group Photo BWW Review: CHEKHOV COMEDY: LOVE HURTS! at Gamut Theatre Group
by Andrea Stephenson - September 13, 2020

'Chekhov Comedy: Love Hurts!', featuring The Marriage Proposal and The Boor, is the first live show for Gamut Theatre since the pandemic temporarily shut down theatres and other entertainment venues across the region in March....
BWW Review: AN ISOLATED INCIDENT at TAFE-Theatre Arts For Everyone Photo BWW Review: AN ISOLATED INCIDENT at TAFE-Theatre Arts For Everyone
by Andrea Stephenson - August 30, 2020

An Isolated Incident is a delightful who-done-it. And Then There Were None for the Zoom era, An Isolated Incident is written and directed by Paige Hoke for Theatre Arts for Everyone (TAFE) based in York, PA. ...
BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA ONLINE at Open Stage Photo BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA ONLINE at Open Stage
by Andrea Stephenson - April 29, 2020

Life under the threat of COVID-19 is not easy. It's a time of heightened anxiety, fear, uncertainty, and, for many, isolation. Yet, in the midst of the tension and negativity, there are still opportunities to engage and experience through creativity and technology....
BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Lebanon Community Theat Photo BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Lebanon Community Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - March 15, 2020

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BWW Review: WOMEN AND ONE ACTS at TAFE Photo BWW Review: WOMEN AND ONE ACTS at TAFE
by Andrea Stephenson - March 09, 2020

In honor of Women's History Month, TAFE (Theatre Arts for Everyone) of York recently presented a program called Women and One Acts which was just that: 4 short plays about women, 2 monologues and 2 plays with multiple cast members. It was the first in the Adult Perspectives series that aims to 'stim...
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Theatre Harrisburg Photo BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Theatre Harrisburg
by Rich Mehrenberg - March 08, 2020

The vision of the show is extremely cohesive.  I have seen this show on Broadway.  Theater Harrisburg's version is different, but not inferior. The magic of theater is when different a?oecooksa?? can use the same basic ingredients and come up with two very different, but equally tasty a?oedishesa??....
BWW Review: VERBOTEN at Seventh Sister Photo BWW Review: VERBOTEN at Seventh Sister
by Rich Mehrenberg - March 07, 2020

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BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Fulton Theatre Photo BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Fulton Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - March 06, 2020

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BWW Review: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at Gamut Theatre Group Photo BWW Review: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at Gamut Theatre Group
by Andrea Stephenson - March 01, 2020

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BWW Review: LEADING LADIES at Keystone Theatrics Photo BWW Review: LEADING LADIES at Keystone Theatrics
by Andrea Stephenson - March 01, 2020

'Actors - they lie for a living! That's their profession,' announces the priggish Reverend Duncan Wooley in Ken Ludwig's Pennsylvania-based comedy farce Leading Ladies. The actors in Keystone Theatrics at the Allenberry Resort clearly enjoyed playing that joke to the hilt in the play's two-week run,...
BWW Review: CASA VALENTINA at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg Photo BWW Review: CASA VALENTINA at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg
by Andrea Stephenson - February 29, 2020

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BWW Review: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at Upstart Arts Photo BWW Review: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at Upstart Arts
by Andrea Stephenson - February 24, 2020

Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace has long been a staple of high school and community theaters ever since playing on Broadway for four straight years from 1941-1944. But for director Michelle Denise Norton of Upstart Arts in York, Arsenic and Old Lace is what passes for a 'new' play. That's b...
BWW Review: GRUMPY OLD MEN at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Photo BWW Review: GRUMPY OLD MEN at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - February 20, 2020

One of the Act 1 numbers in Grumpy Old Men the Musical is titled, 'I Like The Way Things Are'. The lyrics deal with a dislike for change and a strong appreciation for 'the good old days'. This message could also extend to the musical itself. The show is based on the very funny and very popular 1993 ...
BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at The Belmont Theatre Photo BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at The Belmont Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - February 19, 2020

OMG! IMO Legally Blonde the Musical at Belmont Theatre is high energy, positively pink, and totally LOL. With their stage production ability rivaling any professional theatre, the Belmont in York has put together another high-quality event....
BWW Review: THE MOUNTAINTOP at Susquehanna Stage Photo BWW Review: THE MOUNTAINTOP at Susquehanna Stage
by Rich Mehrenberg - February 18, 2020

Surprise! Surprise! Any production based on the life of Martin Luther King is bound to be deep, thought provoking, and moving. The Mountaintop by Katori Hall was no exception. Adding to the drama and emotion, however, was the unexpected humor in Hall's dialogue. This production had the audience burs...
BWW Review: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE at DreamWrights Center For Communit Photo BWW Review: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE at DreamWrights Center For Community Arts
by Andrea Stephenson - February 15, 2020

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BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD at Fulton Theatre Photo BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD at Fulton Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - February 14, 2020

Sometimes even the best of work could use a little revising, even God's. That's the premise behind Fulton's latest comedy on the fourth floor, An Act of God. God played by the hilarious, Erin Maguire, has decided to update the Ten Commandment and provides some fresh insight and commentary along the ...
BWW Review: ALMOST, MAINE at DreamWrights Center For Community Arts Photo BWW Review: ALMOST, MAINE at DreamWrights Center For Community Arts
by Andrea Stephenson - February 08, 2020

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BWW Review: THE SCARLET LETTER at Theatre Harrisburg Photo BWW Review: THE SCARLET LETTER at Theatre Harrisburg
by Andrea Stephenson - January 25, 2020

The classic novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn was first published in 1850. The musical is the creative collaboration of The Scarlet Letter Company - Stacey Mancine Koloski, Dan Koloski, Simon Gray, Michael Bahar and Eric Braverman. The Scarlet Letter musical was first fully produced for...
BWW Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS at Fulton Theatre Photo BWW Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS at Fulton Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - January 22, 2020

I would be remiss if I neglected to recognize the real stars of this show...the sets! Set design by William James Mohney was top notch.  Each train setting was elaborate and very detailed...
BWW Review: TOWARDS ZERO at Oyster Mill Playhouse Photo BWW Review: TOWARDS ZERO at Oyster Mill Playhouse
by Andrea Stephenson - January 17, 2020

Towards Zero is based on the 1944 Agatha Christie novel by the same name. The play by Agatha Christie and Gerald Verner was first published in 1956 and premiered in the West End at the St. James's Theatre. In typical Christie fashion, Towards Zero employs humor, red herrings, and many twists and tur...
BWW Review: THREE TALL WOMEN at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg Photo BWW Review: THREE TALL WOMEN at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg
by Andrea Stephenson - January 16, 2020

Three Tall Women first appeared on stage in Vienna in 1991. Considered a revitalization of playwright Edward Albee's work, Three Tall Women won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1994. Three Tall Women was inspired by Albee's experiences with his own adoptive mother. In Stretching My Mind, Albee states...