Tag: Terry McCabe

Review: Deirdre of the Sorrows (City Lit Theater)

Morgan McCabe and Natalie Joyce star in Deirdre of the Sorrows, City Lit Theater            
      

  

Deirdre of the Sorrows
   
Written by John Millington Synge  
City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Oct 15  |  tix: $27-$32  |  more info    
       
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Review: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (City Lit Theater)

James Sparling and Adam Bitterman star in City Lit Theater's "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution," adapted by Terry McCabe, directed by Warner Crocker. (photo credit: Paul Grigonis)          
      
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution 

Written by Nicholas Meyer
Adapted by Terry McCabe
City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Nov 15 |  tix: $29 | more info
       
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Review: Holmes and Watson (City Lit Theater)

Adam Bitterman and James Sparling star in City Lit Theater's "Holmes and Watson," adapted and directed by Terry McCabe. (photo credit: Tom McGrath)        
  
        
Holmes and Watson

Adapted and Directed by Terry McCabe  
at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Dec 14  |  tickets: $25-$29   |  more info
       
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December 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: At Home at the Zoo (City Lit Theater)

Ted Hoerl and Elaine Carlson star as Peter and Ann in City Lit Theater's "At Home at the Zoo" by Edward Albee, directed by Steve Scott. (photo credit: Tom McGrath)        
      
At Home at the Zoo

Written by Edward Albee 
Directed by Steve Scott
at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Oct 26  |  tickets: $25-$29   |  more info
       
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Review: Confederates in the Attic (City Lit Theater)

Liz Krane and Christian Isely star in City Lit Theater's "Confederates in the Attic" by Tony Horwitz, adapted and directed by Terry McCabe. (photo credit: Tom McGrath)        
      
Confederates in the Attic

Written by Tony Horwitz
Adapted and Directed by Terry McCabe
at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru May 25  |  tickets: $29   |  more info
       
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Review: Frankenstein (City Lit Theatre)

City Lit Theatre's "Frankenstein" adapted by Bo List from the Mary Shelley novel, directed by Terry McCabe. (photo credit: Tom McGrath)        
       
Frankenstein 

Adapted by Bo List  
Directed by Terry McCabe
at City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Nov 4   |  tickets: $21-$28   |  more info
       
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October 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Opus 1861 – The Civil War in Symphony (City Lit Theatre)

Civil War photo - Opus 1861       
      
Opus 1861  

Devised by Elizabeth Magolius, Terry McCabe 
Directed by Elizabeth Margolius  
at City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru May 13  |  tickets: $22-$30   |  more info
       
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April 27, 2012 | 0 Comments More

REVIEW: The Wind in the Willows (City Lit Theater)

 
 

Another triumph in Toad Hall

 
 

Wind in the Willows - City Lit Theater

  
City Lit Theater presents
   
  
The Wind in the Willows
  
Written by Kenneth Grahame
Adapted and Composed by
Douglas Post
Directed by
Terry McCabe
at
City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
through Jan 9  |  tickets: $25  |  more info

Reviewed by Lawrence Bommer

You can never weary of a good old friend. This is the latest of many times that The Wind in the WillowsDouglas Post‘s delightful musical play based on Kenneth Grahame’s beloved animal fantasy – has trod the boards (its first, 1983 version was called “Toad of Toad Hall”). City Lit’s last revival was only last year.

With each mounting, it’s increasingly obvious how faithful Post’s supple score and rollicking "story theater" script remain to the strengths of Grahame’s beloved tale, particularly the author’s delight in the English countryside and its evergreen changes of season. The animals are perfect British stereotypes, especially Toad’s upper-class twit, as is the class consciousness that pits the underclass of the Wild Wood (weasels, stoats, and ferrets) against the more civilized creatures of the riverbank and underground.

The story, you might recall, concerns the much tested friendship of the plucky Water Rat, gentle Mole, and gruff Badger for Grahame’s most whimsical creation, the self-inflated Mr. Toad (a very spoiled animal who grew up scarcely changed). A creature of unbridled appetite and nettled by a boundless ego, Toad is always hot after some new obsession, particularly motorcars, which he loves to steal and wreck. His loyal if frustrated friends break their brains trying to save him from himself, even when it means an intervention right out of A&E. They must rescue his elegant Toad Hall from the weasels, stoats, and ferrets who infest it when Toadie is incarcerated. Only after his friends’ concerted effort does Mr. Toad learn some late humility. (But how long until the next obsession?)

Ranging from honest Sondheim ”homage” (the Wildwooders’ "Down with the Toad") to the tenderness of the "My Home" ballad sung by a homesick Rat and Mole, Post’s score (nicely sung against a recorded accompaniment) supports its story splendidly. Terry McCabe

 serves it equally well as director of a revival that spins its tale with inexhaustible grace and charm (though the scene containing the mystical "Song of the Piper," however rich with Grahame’s love of nature, doesn’t fit the story). But the lovely “Christmas Carol, sung by the field mice, hedgehogs, mole, rat and otter, is a perfect holiday touch.

Alan Donahue’s set is redolent of giant cattails sewn together with patches of an earth-colored quilt, and with the British accents accurately in place, Post’s recipe loses none of its flavor. Tom Weber delivers sturdy work as the water-loving Rat who’s plucky, resourceful and the ultimate friend in need. An enchanting portrayal, Catherine Gillespie‘s Mole is full of wonderment at the great world above ground. Though lacking the critter’s usual Scottish accent, Edward Kuffert‘s Badger well conveys the elder animal’s irascible dignity, tough love and no-nonsense common sense, and Sean Knight is a funny and spirited duffer as good old Otter.

But the ongoing pleasure remains Mr. Toad, and in this revival Ed Rutherford , his rubber face conveying all the devious intensity of this paragon of pomposity, has made the role all his own. Children love his hammy selfishness and adults will see in Toad no small amount of human

”déjà vu”. Mr. Toad is forever.

  
  
Rating: ★★★★
  
  

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Ensemble

Kate Andrulis, Sarah Bright, Jessica Lauren Fisher, Catherine Gillespie, Sean Knight, Edward Kuffert, Aaron Lawson, Brian LeTraunik, Lauren Noelle Morgan, Shawn Quinlan, Lauren Romano, Ed Rutherford, and Tom Weber

Wild In The Willows logoProduction Team

The musical arrangements are by Kevin O’Donnell with additional vocal arrangements by Andra Veils Simon, musical direction by Nick Sula, and choreography by Andrew Waters

The designers are Matthew Cummings (props), Alan Donahue (set), Sarah Hughey (lighting), and Ricky Lurie (costumes).

December 22, 2010 | 0 Comments More