On Stage: Nothing like The Nutcracker to make it feel like Christmas

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Nutcracker by the Pennsylvania Ballet. The Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” is one of the most cherished—and longest running—family holiday traditions for families in the region. For many, a visit to Philadelphia to enjoy the lavish presentation by the world-famous Pennsylvania Ballet is a integral...

On Stage: Ventura fire forces cancellation of Phillips’ show

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Veteran rock and jazz drummer Simon Phillips was forced to cancel his tour — including a local stop tonight — after his Venture County, Cal. home burned in a wildfire. Two British musicians who first arrived on the scene in the late 1970s and have been going strong ever since have concerts scheduled in the area at different venues on December 6 – Gary...

On Stage: Kick off the holidays with the Kennett Symphony

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Kennett Symphony invites you to join with its musicians and special guests for a festive holiday celebration this weekend. On December 2, the Kennett Symphony (http://kennettsymphony.org/) is presenting “Pops Goes the Holiday with Special Guest Philadanco” at 7:30 p.m. at Unionville High School (750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square).

On Stage: A chance to preview ‘Wolf-in-skins’

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Wof-in-Skins Years ago, Broadway shows would frequently open “out of town” prior to heading to New York. The productions would have week-long runs in Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington D.C. – sometimes even in Hartford, Wilmington or Baltimore. The productions were in “partially-finished” stages — presented on stage to gauge audience reaction...

On Stage: Something ‘Better than Bacon’

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Better Than Bacon Vegetarians looking for a breakfast choice will tell you that anything is “Better Than Bacon.” Fans of comedy throughout the Delaware Valley will tell you that “Better Than Bacon” is a top-flight improvisational comedy act. For the last eight years, Better Than Bacon has been generating laughter at its shows and has become a local...

On Stage: Finding Neverland

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Finding Neverland Casual fans of touring Broadway shows are usually very happy with a season line-up that includes standards and old favorites. Give them a roster of shows such as “Phantom of the Opera,” “Annie,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cats” and they’re satisfied. More serious fans look for new shows each season – shows that have...

On Stage: Shindell anything but ‘Careless’ at The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Richard Shindell Kennett Flash has built a reputation for being both a rock club and a listening room – one night it could be electric guitar whiz Jennifer Batten and the next night the folkie duo The Kennedys. The venue will be in “listening room” mode on November 17 when veteran singer-songwriter Richard Shindell headlines a show at Kennett Flash...

Art Watch: The Unionville Art Gala

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times You know the holidays are around the corner when the art and artisan shows start popping up on the weekends. Art is always the best gift, and there are so many places to buy that special hand-made work of art every weekend during the month of November! The Annual Unionville Art Gala at Unionville High School in Kennett Square is Friday November 17th 6pm –...

On Stage: We’re off to see the Wizard in Wilmington

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Wizard of Oz If you’re going to The Playhouse on Rodney Square (10th and Market streets, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-888-0200, www. duponttheatre.com) this week, you’ll probably find yourself singing these words – “We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz”. The national tour of “Wizard of Oz” is being presented at theater...

On Stage (Bonus): Diane Coffee wakes up Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Diane Coffee Having played Philadelphia numerous times in recent years, Indiana-based Diane Coffee is returning to Philly to headline a show at Boot and Saddle (1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-639-4528, www.bootandsaddlephilly.com) on November 11. Names are not always what they seem – especially in the music world. Diane Coffee is not a female...