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Theatre Review: ‘Plaid Tidings,’ Upstairs at The Walnut

(Christopher deProphetis, Greg Nix, Ben Michael and Michael Philip O'Brien star in "Plaid Tidings," at the Walnut Street Theatre's studio playhouse.  Photo, by Mark Garvin, provided)

(Christopher deProphetis, Greg Nix, Ben Michael and Michael Philip O’Brien star in “Plaid Tidings,” at the Walnut Street Theatre’s studio playhouse. Photo, by Mark Garvin, provided)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Fresh for the holiday season is the Walnut Street Theatre‘s production titled “Plaid Tidings,” playing in the Walnut’s small, third-floor studio playhouse.

It’s a descendant of the off-Broadway hit “Forever Plaid,” using the same boy-group characters Jinx, Smudge, Sparky, and Francis, plus two musicians: an impressive pianist and a bass player.

The four singers here are masterful imitators, embracing the likes of everyone from Perry Como to the Radio City Rockettes, presenting an impressive mix of popular songs from the doo-wop era intermixed with holiday favorites.  This show knows all the tricks!

Although there’s considerable theatrical energy here, this production seems to entail something of an overworked Christmas offering.

“Plaid Tidings” runs through December 30th at the Walnut Street Theatre’s “Independence Studio on 3.”

 

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