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Published: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:52:30 GMT


Broadway review: An Enemy of the People
I couldn't help but think of an ATF agent named Peter Forcelli while I watched the super-charged Broadway revival of An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen's play about a man who tries to do the right thing and makes the awful discovery that in his Norwegian town, money is the root of all truth. The man is a whistleblower, and is reviled by everyone for the message he delivers: The water in the town's spas - its lifeblood - has become toxic.

Broadway review: ‘Chaplin’
In the new musical Chaplin, which is every bit as entertaining as Charlie Chaplin himself, Rob McClure portrays the film genius with an irresistible sweetness, like candy you can't - and don't want to - stop eating.

News: Philadelphia Theatre Alliance folding up shop
The service organization for the region's theaters, which has spearedheaded many projects including the Barrymore Awards, is dissolving. Inquirer theater critic Howard Shapiro reports.

News: A new surprise ending for 'The Mousetrap'
It happened Wednesday night at the Walnut Street Theatre production, in front of an audience of about 1,100. Inquirer theater critic Howard Shapiro reports from the Walnut.

Broadway Review: ‘Wit’
The potent Wit is the only play Margaret Edson wrote, and you could say she quit while she was on top of her game. Her story of a callous, didactic scholar battling stage-4 ovarian cancer won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 and has been produced by theaters all over the country.

Broadway Review: ‘The Road to Mecca’
NEW YORK - To honor the 80th birthday of celebrated South African playwright Athol Fugard, The Road to Mecca, a play he wrote in the mid-'80s, opened Tuesday night for the first time on Broadway.

Broadway Review: ‘Lysistrata Jones’
NEW YORK - I have seen the dark-horse hit of the Broadway season so far, and it's an out-and-out hoot called "Lysistrata Jones" with wild precision dancing, songs that never miss and a plot as ancient as Aristophanes. Actually, it is Aristophanes.

Broadway Review: 'An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy P'
If two of Broadway's enduring stars were looking to create an intimate concert in a large Broadway house, that's just what they've done in An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, which opened a limited run at the Barrymore on Monday night.

Broadway review: Bernadette Peters in a gorgeous revival of 'Follies'
If you're not sold on the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies by the time Bernadette Peters walks onto a lonely, red-lit stage on Broadway and gives desperate life to the torch song "Losing My Mind" - if that remarkable rendition doesn't seal the deal, well, there's nothing else to be done.

Broadway Review: When your ‘Hair’ is all over the place
NEW YORK - In what seems like, oh, a couple weeks since it was last on Broadway, the Public Theater production of the iconic tribal-love-rock-musical Hair is back again. You could call it the re-revival, and it returns to the Big Time in reverse form: What landed at the St. James Theatre and opened Wednesday night is the national tour version of the show that recently left.