Saturday, January 25, 2014

Other Desert Cities

Greg Wood,Susan Wilder, Krista Apple
Walnut Street Theatre, located at 825 Walnut Street, is presenting Other Desert Cities on its main stage through March 2.  It is difficult to know who to applaud first in this production- the design team, the playwright, the actors or the director.  Scenic Designer Todd Edward Ivins has designed a set that is nothing short of breathtaking.  Audience members gasp as they enter the theatre and see the Palm Desert home he has created on the stage.  Prize winning Lighting Designer Thom Weaver has once again designed an award-worthy set.  Multiple lights are brightened and dimmed in the home to indicate passage of time.  Award winning Sound Designer Christopher Colucci has cleverly interspersed sound between scenes and award winning Costume Designer Colleen Grady has designed ensembles for the characters that match their personalities.   Playwright Jon Robin Baitz has been nominated for the Pulitzer, Drama Desk and Tony Awards.  He has not only given life to characters  who have great depth, but has written a story line with a surprising twist as well. The ensemble cast plays very well against each other, building the momentum of the play.  When young novelist Brooke Wyeth returns home after a six year hiatus with a new book, tempers flare and family secrets crumble. Brook must determine if the price of keeping her family together is worth losing her new-found self. This drama is a must-see event.  For more information or tickets, call 215-574-3550 or 800 982-2787 or visit online at

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