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Chemistry of cast makes The Book Thief worthwhile

The Book Thief removes all the horrors from the Holocaust and Nazi Germany to tell the story of a little girl who loves to read. It all seems a little too superficial, like a sanitized, simplistic version of the Holocaust. There are German children wearing swastikas and singing Hitler Youth songs, and Jews are marched through the street assumedly being taken to concentration camps (though the words are never uttered). But, the brutal war is mostly a backdrop to the story.


Thor: The Dark World is action packed, lacks strong storyline

The first installment of a superhero series always has it quite easy. It’s usually a fish-out-of-water tale with a regular guy getting some superhero powers, figuring out how to use those powers and saving the world from some raving lunatic.


Elf story has Northeast roots

Elf, the perennial favorite based on the charming tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, brightens the holiday season at the Walnut Street Theatre through Jan. 5.


Play provides comedic look at a dysfunctional family

In his play, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, I’m Home for the Holidays, taking center stage at the Bucks County Playhouse through Nov. 23, Steve Solomon illuminates his wildly dysfunctional family at this most happy time of the year.


A lifetime of laughter

OK, so with his deadpan expression and seemingly lifeless delivery, Mr. Personality he’s not. But over the last three decades, dour comedian Steven Wright’s success has grown to include recurring TV roles, film appearances and even an Academy Award for a short film titled The Appointment of Dennis Jennings.


Cheech and Chong to perform at Keswick Theatre

More than four decades have passed since Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong appeared in a cloud of smoke on the national stage taking their irreverent, satirical, counterculture, marijuana-addled lifestyle to audiences everywhere.


All the right moves

Direct from Buenos Aires, the prestigious Argentine dance troupe Tango Fire lights up the stage of the Merriam Theatre on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.


Music man

From the time he was a little boy, Eddie Bruce knew what he wanted to do.


Popular Broadway Sings concert returns

The folks at the Congregations of Ner Zedek are preparing to again welcome the Broadway Sings concert production.


Jack of all trades

The last time Fox Chase actor David Bardeen was onstage at the Lantern Theater, he played the role of the chief rabbi of Amsterdam in the company’s remounting of the highly successful play New Jerusalem. It was the opening production this season.