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My kids are on school break. Great time for another theater-themed comics round-up. Some of the strips below have been stored in files on my laptop for ages. As ever, I’m indebted to and, supreme comics sites to which I’ve happily subscribed for many years.      

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Theater Comics Bonanza

Every once in a while on this site I share theater-related comic strips whichI pluck and save from sites I follow religiously. These are all from, a service I strongly advise you to subscribe to. Featured strips are Bo Nanas by John Kovaleski; New Adventures of Queen Victoria by Pab Sungenis; Tarzan (as drawn … Continue reading »

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“The orchard walls are high and hard to climb”

If Romeo & Juliet are this passionate at the balcony scene, just think how steamed Veronica (who’s she playing, anyway? the nurse?) will be when they actually share a room for “‘Tis the lark! No, ’tis the nightingale!” From Betty & Veronica #181, January 2003 (a decade ago this very month).

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The Samantha the Social Butterfly Review

I hope the guy in back with the overturned sundae on his head gets cast as the wacky servant. In the story (from Betty & Veronica #252, the April 2011 issue), Betty prepares for her Samantha role by actually living in Veronica’s house, with her own private maid. On opening night, Betty’s friend Nancy compliments … Continue reading »

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Earnest Worthing

The comics sections are abuzz with Sept. 11 acknowledgements. Nice of Mary Worth to bring Oscar Wilde into hers. The quote is from Wilde’s Salome. The strip, we eagerly subscribe to via Daily Ink.

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The tale of Faustus’ fortunes, good or bad

Now, see, I told you Doctor Faustus was funny.

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Faustus and Loose

Since Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus is the greatest play ever written in the history of the world (those who disagree can go to the devil), it’s remarkable how rarely it’s done by major theaters. Now there’s a Globe Theatre production directed by Matthew Dunster, starring Paul Hilton in the title role and Arthur Darvill as … Continue reading »

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Proscenium Archie

The criticism seems rather harsh, considering that the performance brought Mr. Weatherbee to tears. And who among us wouldn’t wish to see Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper performing 19th century melodrama?

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Ain’t Broadway Grand?

Today’s installment of the gag strip Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson, found on that exemplary aggregator of sequential art Interesting iconography. What’s the last Broadway show to involve a toga? The Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum revival of 15 years ago? Nathan Lane’s The Frogs seven years … Continue reading »

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Spider-Man returned for more scorn and derision this week, as the troubled show resumed previews after a hiatus in which several key members of the creative team were changed. Has it struck anyone else how Peter Parker-esque this all is? Brainy whiz kid clearly has talent, but tends to put his insecure, uncertain, experimental self … Continue reading »

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