Monday night signaled a turning point for Philadelphia's ever-expanding theater community. Tuesday afternoon will mark a major step down a new road.
From: Mr. Sherlock Holmes
To: Dr. Watson
I say, my dear Watson, we can make immediate deductions from our visit to Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood at the indubitably pleasant Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley - you know, just down the lane from the county town they call Media.
Howard Shapiro: In 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 newly reopened Playhouse plans a world premiere: a production based on Stephen King's novel Misery.
I now write in defense of beautifully staged, meticulously lighted, handsomely dressed, genuinely acted, and shrewdly contrived soppiness. I make no apologies.
Howard Shapiro: In the new musical "Chaplin," Rob McClure portrays Charlie Chaplin with an irresistible sweetness.
Howard Shapiro joined The Inquirer in 1970 and has held many writing and editing positions, including cultural arts editor and travel editor. He now writes for The Inquirer’s features section.
His “On Travel” column appears occasionally on Sundays in Travel, and his theater reviews appear in the Daily Magazine and Weekend.
Find his podcasts with theater artists at http://go.philly.com/theater