Thursday, February 21, 2013

To Fool The Eye

Philadelphia area theatre goers can be treated to an evening of whimsical farce at Drexel University’s Mandell Theatre, 3201 Chestnut Street, through March 3.  1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s only all-comedy theatre company, is co-producing To Fool the Eye with Drexel as part of the university’s Mandell Professionals in Residence Project.  Nine students perform in the show’s ensemble cast and several more work back stage. Students have a unique opportunity to work with one of comedy’s greats, for Jennifer Childs is directing the show.  Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Leocadia is raucous and the audience is bombarded with belly-laughs.  Maureen Torsney-Weir, an eccentric Duchess, attempts to suspend time so her beloved nephew Prince Albert can relive three days with a lost love.   Amanda Holston, hired to play his love’s look-alike, attempts to suspend belief so the Prince can get on with his life. The butler attempts to suspend insubordination by having total control with a snap of his fingers. And as the hilarity ensues, the Duchess’ definitive endeavor is the one truly successful one. Come see what everyone is laughing about and enjoy watching emerging talent work on stage alongside some of Philadelphia’s finest. For tickets or further information call 215-592-9560 or visit online at

Friday, February 1, 2013


The Bristol Riverside Theatre, located at 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol Pa is presenting Ira Levin’s Death Trap through February 24.  Levin has written the impeccable thriller…one that continues to thrill scene after scene. You dare not blink or you might miss one of the immeasurable twists in the plot. I didn’t spend much time in my seat. I literally jumped out of it as I screamed and jumped onto my neighbor’s lap in one scene. In most of the others, I was laughing so hard that I almost landed on the floor. The ensemble cast of Keith Baker, Barbara McCulloh, Robert, Ross, Jo Twiss and Mordecai Lawner work well together to bring suspense to this uproariously funny script. An aging screenwriter and an up-and-coming one attempt a collaboration on a screenplay.  I don’t want to give too much of the plot away other than to say it’s a classic case of life imitating art imitating life. Roman Tatarowicz deserves special mention for the delightful and functional set design. Don’t miss this show. And bring an extra pair of socks because you’re sure to laugh your socks off! For further information or tickets, call 215-785-0100 or visit online at