Bill Murphy is an arts and entertainment journalist. He was previously entertainment editor of the Main Line Times and editor of its arts supplement, Main Line Ticket. He lives in Havertown, Pa.
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'Richard III' at People's Light
Disorder in the court
Any production of Richard III stands or falls on its leading actor, and Pete Pryor is splendid in the role. He's at turns frightening and repulsive, and he taps into the currents of extremely dark humor that underlie the character.
'Sense and Sensibility' at People's Light
A rocky road to marriage
People's Light stages the regional premiere of a fine adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel.
Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons' at People's Light
Fissures in the family
People's Light stages a solid, traditional production of All My Sons in which race is largely beside the point and the characters just happen to be black.
Bruce Graham's 'Stella and Lou' at People's Light
Lonely hearts in South Philly
Stella and Lou is good, not-too-heavy summer fare, a play with humor that also offers food for thought and characters who stay with you after the lights have come up.
'How to Write a New Book for the Bible' at People's Light
How to Write a New Book for the Bible is a fine piece of personal theater and one of the most unusual new works to grace our stages in some time.
'Biloxi Blues' at People's Light
Humor rooted in pain
Military comedy gets the Neil Simon treatment.
'The Cherry Orchard' at People's Light
The times they are a-changin'
Oscar-nominated actors Mary McDonnell and David Strathairn join the People's Light & Theatre Company ensemble in a fine production of Chekhov's Cherry Orchard.
'King Arthur': People's Light's annual panto
Kidding a legend
In its annual panto, People's Light takes the Arthurian legend and slapsticks it up for kids, with corny jokes, wildly mugging actors, a large man dressed as a woman, songs, puppets, and lots and lots of audience participation.
'Row After Row' at People's Light
Past and present collide in 'Row After Row'
Jessica Dickey's Row After Row, currently playing on People's Light & Theatre Company's Steinbright Stage, probes the lives of Civil War reenactors. Do they need to get a life, or is borrowing someone else's good enough?
August Wilson's 'Fences' at People's Light
Reviving a modern American classic
People's Light & Theatre Company opens its season with a superb revival of August Wilson's Fences, which explores African-American life in the 1950s.
People’s Light presents ‘Bach at Leipzig’
Treacherously competitive baroque musicians battle it out in Itamar Moses’s farce Bach at Leipzig, which closes People’s Light and Theatre Company's season.
'Woody Sez' at People's Light
This music is your music
Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, currently playing at People’s Light & Theatre Company, is a tribute to the legacy of one of America’s folk music icons.
‘Pride and Prejudice’ at People’s Light
The delicate dance of courtship
Dance plays a large part in the dramatization of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice currently playing at People’s Light & Theatre Company.
‘The Devil’s Music’ at People’s Light
The night before Bessie Smith died
Miche Braden offers a dazzling performance as Bessie Smith, the singer known as “the Empress of the Blues.”
‘The Rainmaker’ at People’s Light
Between pessimism and delusion in the Great American heartland
The Rainmaker, a compelling character study set on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression, lacks the psychological depth of Cather’s work, but it’s undeniably charming.