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Weston's 'Glass Menagerie' achingly exquisite

Weston’s ‘Glass Menagerie’ achingly exquisite

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse buttons up its 2015 season with an achingly exquisite production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. This American classic is a touchstone of 20th century theater, a play that broke down barriers between actor and audience, tinkered with time and place, and turned life into very […]

'Road to Where' with energy, wit and intelligence it's worth the trip

‘Road to Where’ with energy, wit and intelligence it’s worth the trip

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Other Stage at Weston’s Rod and Gun Club has been transformed into a warm, intimate faux Irish pub, complete with tables and chairs at which audience members can consume a liter or two of ginger beer as they enjoy the Weston Playhouse’s latest production, The Road to […]

'Guys and Dolls:' Great possibilities when it finds right pace

‘Guys and Dolls:’ Great possibilities when it finds right pace

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC High-rolling gamblers, low-life gangsters, free-spirited showgirls and sanctimonious soul savers take to the stage in a workman-like version of Guys and Dolls, playing through Aug. 22 at the Weston Playhouse. Filled with wit, heart and hummable songs, Guys and Dolls is based on Damon Runyon’s stories “The Idyll […]

Powerful vibrancy to Weston Playhouse's lean 'Other Place'

Powerful vibrancy to Weston Playhouse’s lean ‘Other Place’

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC While Weston Playhouse’s Main Stage provides a space for lavish music and dance productions, its Other Stage concentrates on honing small gems in bare-bones productions. The emphasis at the Other Stage is on character and intimate playing, and its current production The Other Place offers a host of […]

WPTC's 'Peter and the Starcatcher' is 'fast-paced, deliciously daffy'

WPTC’s ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ is ‘fast-paced, deliciously daffy’

By David Lampe-Wilson © 2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC The power of the imagination, once freed, seems limitless and releasing that power is the task set forth by Peter and the Starcatcher, the five-time Tony Award winning play now on stage at the Weston Playhouse. You really have to admire how the cast takes the stage, […]

'Pump Boys and Dinettes' serves up non-stop, high-octane fun

‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ serves up non-stop, high-octane fun

By David Lampe-Wilson © 2015-Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse serves up a heapin’ helpin’of piping-hot, southern-fried jubilation with its opening production Pump Boys and Dinettes, an unpretentious evening of song, dance and musical fun. The show, seen during a preview performance, has a slim thread of a plot that runs through it, but that never […]

Weston's 'Junie B. Jones' a sugar cookie delight for kids, adults alike

Weston’s ‘Junie B. Jones’ a sugar cookie delight for kids, adults alike

By Shawn Cunningham © 2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC There are many things to look at in judging whether a show is successful or not. There are the performances, of course, but there’s also lighting, sets, costumes, staging and choreography among others. When it comes to a show for kids, however, there’s one more thing – […]

Weston’s updated ‘Uncle Vanya’ is fresh though uneven

Weston’s updated ‘Uncle Vanya’ is fresh though uneven

By David Lampe-Wilson ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 Weston Playhouse’s current production of Uncle Vanya is a decidedly mixed bag, and it takes a dedicated theatergoer to patiently separate the gold from the dross and find the rich nuggets that lie within. Americans’ exposure to classic theater is often limited, and Chekhov has not fared […]

'A Chorus Line' steps, kicks, then touches our hearts, again

‘A Chorus Line’ steps, kicks, then touches our hearts, again

By David Lampe-Wilson ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 Nearly four decades after it opened on Broadway, A Chorus Line remains a “singular sensation,” at least as seen onstage at the Weston Playhouse Theater. A show primarily about dance and the dancers, the current production in Weston is cast with triple threats: they can sing, they […]

Orlandersmith takes us on her rich journey in 'Stoop Stories'

Orlandersmith takes us on her rich journey in ‘Stoop Stories’

By David Lampe­-Wilson ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 While musicals and comedies are the expected bounty of the summer theater season, a brief evening of pointed drama can stimulate the mind, so many summer theatergoers will welcome Stoop Stories, now at Weston Playhouse’s Second Stage. Theater, poetry and performance art meet in Dael Orlandersmith’s one­woman show, […]

Gales of laughter blow through Weston Playhouse in V&S&M&S

Gales of laughter blow through Weston Playhouse in V&S&M&S

By David Lampe-Wilson You would be hard-pressed to find a more stellar evening of summer theater than Weston Playhouse’s hilarious production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the Tony Award-winning comedy by Christopher Durang. The play revolves around a trio of eccentric siblings who, having reached middle age, find that they have little […]

Powerful performances elevate 'Analog and Vinyl'

Powerful performances elevate ‘Analog and Vinyl’

By David Lampe-Wilson Weston Playhouse kicks off its 78th season with the world premiere of  the musical Analog and Vinyl, a meet-cute love story with a dash of demonic doings. And while there is much to recommend it, this new musical plays less like a finished work and more like an upscale workshop. The show’s […]

It's a sin to kill a mockingbird, and a shame to miss this 'Mockingbird,' now at the Weston Playhouse

It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird, and a shame to miss this ‘Mockingbird,’ now at the Weston Playhouse

By Karen Zuppinger There are few things more Southern than sweet tea, molasses on hot buttermilk biscuits or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Arguably one of the most influential novels of the 20th century, and one of the best film adaptations of all time, what could a stage production offer that the book and […]

Come and meet those dancing feet at Weston’s ‘42nd Street’

Come and meet those dancing feet at Weston’s ‘42nd Street’

By David Lampe-Wilson Freelance theater reviewer Weston Playhouse puts on its glad rags and kicks up its heels in a revival of the musical icon 42nd Street. Based on the 1933 Warner Bros. musical of the same name (which was inspired by Bradford Ropes’ novel), 42nd Street focuses on the efforts of famed dictatorial director Julian Marsh […]

‘Educating Rita’ doesn’t quite make the grade

By David Lampe-Wilson Freelance theater reviewer Weston Playhouse Theatre opened its 77th season with Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, the story of the relationship of a working-class woman attempting to better herself with the jaded tutor who becomes her mentor. This modern twist on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion should be cool refreshment for a hot summer’s […]