Celebrate the Magic of Christmas with The Gifts of the Magi at Walnut Street Theatre

-Brenda Hillegas Photo by Mark Garvin The season of giving, celebrating love and family, and spreading happiness and kindness to others is almost upon us. To get yourself and your loved ones into the Christmas spirit, head over to Walnut Street Theatre’s intimate Independence Studio on 3 for a musical version of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. In The Gifts of the Magi, … Continue reading Celebrate the Magic of Christmas with The Gifts of the Magi at Walnut Street Theatre

Shrek the Musical is a big, lovable story playing at Walnut Street Theatre until January 5th.

-Brenda Hillegas (feature photo by Mark Garvin) Shrek is an unlikely fairy tale. Sure, there’s a prince and a princess, some talking animals, and true love’s kiss. But in this story, a big, scary (but lovable) ogre and his sassy sidekick donkey set out to stand up for what’s right in a sweet tale about inner beauty and finding your own tribe of people. I … Continue reading Shrek the Musical is a big, lovable story playing at Walnut Street Theatre until January 5th.

Spend the evening with Meteor Shower at Walnut Street Theatre

Feature photo: Jessica Bedford, Greg Wood, Susan Riley Stevens, and Jake Blouch. By Mark Garvin -Brenda Hillegas Meteor showers can be a beautiful event to witness. Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower is also beautiful…and strange, hilarious, unbelievable, and honest. Martin’s one-act play takes the audience through the ups and downs of marriage. The high points and the bliss, the low points and the apologies, saying what … Continue reading Spend the evening with Meteor Shower at Walnut Street Theatre

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein kicks off Walnut Street Theatre’s 211th season

Cover photo: Dan Olmstead and Ben Dibble. Photo by Mark Garvin -Brenda Hillegas The Walnut Street Theatre is so special.  I’ll say it just once in this season of reviews- it’s the oldest continuously operating theatre in the English-speaking world and the oldest theatre in the United States. The fact that Walnut Street Theatre was founded in 1809 should give all of that away. The theatre … Continue reading Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein kicks off Walnut Street Theatre’s 211th season

Legally Blonde: The Musical…is it “Legal” to have this much fun at the theatre?

In short, yes. Legally Blonde, the movie, premiered in 2001 with Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, a California sorority girl who earns a spot at Harvard in order to win back her ex. Fast forward to 2019 and it’s still one of the most played movies in my DVD rotation (yeah, I still use those). The sleeper hit spawned a sequel in 2003, a spin-off in 2009, … Continue reading Legally Blonde: The Musical…is it “Legal” to have this much fun at the theatre?

Civil War Stories: A Musical Must-See at the Walnut Street Theatre.

Feature Photo: Laura Giknis, Ben Sheppard, and Damon Bonetti in Civil War Stories. Photo by Mark Garvin Real words. Real voices. Civil War Voices introduces the audience to five real-life people and their actual words, brought to the Walnut Street Theatre via the show’s writer James R. Harris and his discovery of a diary kept by an ancestor during that time period. The discovery inspired Harris … Continue reading Civil War Stories: A Musical Must-See at the Walnut Street Theatre.

Step Inside the Mind of Christopher Boone in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Photo: Austin Nedrow in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Walnut Street Theatre. Photo courtesy of Walnut Street Theatre. A dead dog, a small town outside of London, some suspicious neighbors, a mystery, a secret, a journey. These elements make up the story of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, playing at the Walnut Street Theatre until April … Continue reading Step Inside the Mind of Christopher Boone in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Get to Know Katharine Hepburn at Walnut Street Theatre

Katharine Hepburn is a household name. She was a queen of film and stage (despite being labeled as “box office poison” at one point). She also received four Academy Awards for Best Actress- a record that will be hard to beat- for Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond. We’ve all seen at least one of her … Continue reading Get to Know Katharine Hepburn at Walnut Street Theatre

A Comedy of Tenors Will Be the Most Fun You’ll Have at the Theater All Year!

Photo: Company of Ken Ludwig’s A COMEDY OF TENORS at the Walnut Street Theatre. By Mark Garvin. Here are a few reasons why you should see Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, playing now until March 3rd on the Walnut Street Theatre’s main stage. -The plot is easy to follow, yet very engaging. -It has a classic sitcom feel. -The cast is perfect; it’s easy to forget they … Continue reading A Comedy of Tenors Will Be the Most Fun You’ll Have at the Theater All Year!

David Mamet’s 1992 Play, Oleanna, Eerily Mirrors Life Today; Now at Walnut Street Theatre.

Feature photo: Jessica Johnson and Johnnie Hobbs, Jr. in Oleanna at the Walnut Street Theatre -by Marialena Rago “You want unlimited power.” Oleanna, now at Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio 3, centers on power; who has it and who is it used against? In the era of Times Up and #MeToo, the play still has a lot of relevance and insight into the power dynamics of men … Continue reading David Mamet’s 1992 Play, Oleanna, Eerily Mirrors Life Today; Now at Walnut Street Theatre.