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Picasso as an emerging artist, in Azul

Azul. La Fábrica Theater, Philadelphia, August 2017.

Did you ever wonder why Picasso, for awhile, chose to paint in blue? The earliest stage of his famous career is known as his Blue Period, and this new play by Tanaquil Márquez shows how and why he made that choice.

La Fábrica is Philadelphia’s first bilingual theater company, created to present bold Spanish-English productions. Márquez is co-founder of the company and directs La Fábrica’s Azul as well as being its author.

Azul, the Spanish word for blue, shows the …

A major film studio was at Valley Forge

In 2018 the motion picture industry marks one hundred years since the demise of one of its important pioneering film studios.

Every morning 60,000 cars come racing down Pennsylvania’s route 422, hurtling past Oaks on the way to King of Prussia. They skim over the Schuylkill River, nearing the terminus of 422 where it connects with Routes 202 and 76, the Schuylkill Expressway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

How many of the commuters know that every day they are passing the remains of what was the world’s largest movie complex, the Betzwood Studio, founded by movie pioneer Siegmund Lubin?

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Angels in America, live from London on movie screens

Angels in America at the National Theatre in London. Presented live in movie theaters by Fathom Events in July 2017. Encore dates to be announced.

This article is based on my reviews that were published in DC Metro Theater Arts

Angels in America remains a sad, hilarious, hallucinogenic theatrical achievement. The juxtaposition of those seemingly-opposite qualities is what makes the play memorable.

We observed this when an ambitious new production by the National Theatre was streamed to cinemas in HD. That production is in the midst of a sold-out run in London.

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