February 27, 2015
NOT MANY women could pull off the backless pearl gown that Lupita Nyong'o wore to the Oscars. But at least one criminal did. The morning after the big bash, the "12 Years a Slave" star left her Calvin Klein Collection dress, designed by Francisco Costa and made with 6,000 pearls over a whole month, in her room at Hollywood's The London West hotel. When she returned that evening, the $150G frock had vanished. Poof! Cops were called. Videos were examined. At press time, the thief remained at large.
July 27, 2014 |
From his signature mustache, his perfectly pressed and folded handkerchief, and the meticulous three-piece suits that curve ever so delicately over his rather rotund belly, there's no mistaking actor David Suchet's most enduring character: Agatha Christie's private detective, Hercule Poirot. Suchet, who has portrayed the peculiar little Belgian fellow for 25 years - and 70 gorgeously produced small-screen mysteries - is letting go of the character after five final feature-length episodes.
February 1, 2014 |
François Truffaut came of age during an extraordinary cultural boom in postwar France. He began his career as a film critic for the journal Cahiers du cinéma before releasing his remarkable debut feature, The 400 Blows , in 1959. He's considered one of the defining figures of the New Wave, but Truffaut's best work transcends labels, including his 1962 masterpiece Jules and Jim , which is finally available on Blu-ray in a restored edition. Considered one of the finest films ever made, Jules and Jim is the story of two bohemian friends, Austrian writer Jules (Oskar Werner)
February 15, 2013 |
CATHERINE Corbett could give you a look that would freeze you in place. It was a steady stare over the rim of her glasses, and it let you know that whatever you were doing or saying was unacceptable. You knew you were going to get it. It was odd, too, because normally, Catherine Corbett was a gentle, caring soul, loved by family and friends. Catherine Corbett, a 35-year surgical technician and licensed practical nurse for the North Philadelphia Health System, died of a heart condition Feb. 8. She was 74 and lived in East Germantown.
January 27, 2012 |
That creaky sound you hear is not just a door ominously opening; it's also the plot of the legendary Agatha Christie mystery The Mousetrap at the Walnut Street Theatre. The play has been running for an astonishing 60 years - it's the world's longest-running play, and for the first time its producers are permitting productions outside London. Somehow, despite more than 24,500 performances, I managed to miss it until Wednesday night. And somehow nobody revealed the mystery's surprise solution, so look for no spoilers here.
October 4, 2011 |
Agatha Christie's theatrical mystery, Black Coffee , is like her work in general: methodical and not showy. So, too, is her primary hero, the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. And the same goes for the production of the play that opened Friday night at Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley. It all falls together - the late playwright-novelist's style, and the way Hedgerow, near Media, produces her. That certainly makes for a faithful portrayal of this 1930 show in which the insufferable patriarch of a wealthy family slumps over dead after someone messes with his coffee and Poirot walks into the scene and attempts without fuss or the slightest touch of élan to unveil the murderer.
June 16, 2011 |
There's much to be said for familiarity and comfort. I still have some of my Dad's golf socks from the '60s. They don't make them like that anymore. In some corners of TV, they do make them like that anymore, as Masterpiece Mystery! demonstrates with its new round of Agatha Christie tales, three Poirots and one Miss Marple. The new productions begin Sunday with M. Hercule Poirot investigating untimely deaths in fine country houses in Cornwall and Yorkshire. There have been many Marples.
October 5, 2006 |
There are a few rules when it comes to the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery: A butler will be present, though he may or may not have dunit; secret passageways and hidden drawers will be opened and closed with abandon; and a bucolic English home will most certainly count a corpse among its guests. In its production of Christie's Spider's Web, Hedgerow Theatre also puts every other convention into the pot to brew up this frothy bit of distraction. For, as Hedgerow artistic director Penelope Reed noted, with all the real tragedy going on outside the theater walls, this season needed to be "uplifting.
December 17, 1996 |
Angela Pellecchia Colella, 85, of Lower Makefield Township, a retired fashion house assistant designer who was an amateur performer into her 60s, died Friday at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown Township. Widowed as a young woman, Mrs. Colella reared her three children on her own in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. "My mother rose through the ranks of the ladies garment industry and retired in 1981 as an assistant designer," said a daughter, Irene Tripoli, with whom she lived for the last 12 years.
November 28, 1991 |
A man has been murdered at the Hollow, the English country cottage of Lord and Lady Angkatell, and a houseful of guests and servants are suspects. Was it his wife, Gerda; his mistress, Henrietta, or his old flame, Veronica Craye, who is now a movie star? Or perhaps it was Edward, who is in love with Henrietta? Maybe it was one of their hosts for the weekend. So goes the plot of this compelling Agatha Christie whodunit, The Hollow, on stage at Hedgerow Theater in Rose Valley through Dec. 21. Set in the 1950s, the play takes place in the garden room of the Angkatells' house, about 18 miles from London.