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Howard Shapiro
Howard Shapiro
  • August 29, 2016

    This year's Barrymore Award nominations cite 41 productions

    A musical from Norristown's Theatre Horizon and a drama from South Philadelphia's Theatre Exile -- the stage companies that won the two top ...
  • August 25, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: Gender competition in a 'Cake Off'

    What came to be known as the Pillsbury Bake-Off began in 1949 with a grand prize of $50,000. And here's what happened in 1996: The prize was rais...
  • August 8, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: 'Tommy and Me' yesterday and now

    Ray Didinger's sweet, affecting play "Tommy and Me," in its world premiere from Theatre Exile and selling out the house at FringeArts, ...
  • July 19, 2016 |  SHAPIRO ON THEATER

    Review: The taming of 'The Taming of the Shrew'

    What are we to make of "The Taming of the Shrew," William Shakespeare's comedic celebration of woman-bashing and submisson? Kate, the r...
  • June 23, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: 'The Harassment of Iris Malloy' plus West Side rumbles

    Just what was going on, or not going on, in the U.S. senator's hotel room? And what was that woman doing in there? And who will make money knowin...
  • June 18, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: 'Jamaica'-bound, and with a calypso beat

    The storm that whips up at the end of the first act of "Jamaica," the musical that opened Thursday night at New Freedom Theatre, is a doozy....
  • June 13, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Review: The mystery of 'Time Is on Our Side'

    Who gets to tell your story? That's a theme of the Tony-winning sensation "Hamilton," which explores the history of founding father Ale...
  • June 10, 2016 |  Shapiro on Theater

    Leslie Odom Jr., from East Oak Lane to a Tony Award nomination

    Leslie Odom Jr. was growing up in East Oak Lane when he got a tape recorder from his parentsat age 5. He sang into it for hours on end. Move forward 2...
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