August 12, 2009
IFEEL SUCH anguish with regard to the violence that continuously plagues our city. Unfortunately, I'm all too familiar with the devastating effects of the senseless killing. I've lost a dear cousin, my brother's best friend and, most recently, the love of my life. I wonder if anyone has considered the impact this endless carnage is having on our children. To say my 13-year-old son has been traumatized is an understatement - he's lost three good, decent and influential men in his life in addition to several friends gone too soon.
March 6, 1989 |
In the emotional conclusion of Shirley Lauro's new play, A Piece of My Heart, we are confronted with the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, the wall of the dead stretched across the back of the stage in projections. An actress accompanying herself on a guitar is singing - or was I hearing things? - "America the Beautiful. " And, in a voice-over, Caspar Weinberger is heard swearing that, in our next war, we will by God back the men we send into combat. What is going on here? What does Shirley Lauro want us to think at this soggy climax of her heart-tugger on the anguish of Vietnam as experienced by the women who served over there?
January 29, 1988 |
"Anguish," the made-in-Spain gory gagger, probably looked good on paper. You take a lunatic mama, put her in a gothic house and give her telepathic control over her gothic son. You make that son an optometrist who is almost blind and obsessed with collecting human eyeballs. You have his mama send him out on a murderous eyeball-collecting spree. Then you add a surprise hook by making the above a movie within a movie. And you have two frightened teen-agers watching it while their lives are endangered by a real killer who is knocking off theater patrons while babbling to his mother.
April 2, 1994 |
In February, Orchestra 2001 played Alfred Schnittke's Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, and another reviewer called the work "anguished and searching. " Thursday night, they played Schnittke's Sonata for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, which can easily be described the same way. It was to have been played by Pamela Frank. Though she was in the audience - and in a panel discussion at intermission remembering Philadelphia philanthropist Boyd Barnard, who died in 1992 at age 97 - an injury prevented her from playing.
June 16, 2005 |
Michael Ogborn wrote C'est La Guerre, a song cycle from the age of AIDS, 15 years ago. Since then, the nature of the war and conditions in the field have changed radically. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a good news/bad news report. More people are living longer with the help of sophisticated drugs that have turned what used to be a death sentence into the hope of a controllable condition. But there are now more than a million Americans living with the virus that causes AIDS - a figure not seen since the height of the epidemic in the 1980s.
August 12, 2010 |
A trip to a variety store resulted in post traumatic stress disorder for a Delaware County man who says he was shopping for a ribbon when he was attacked by a rat. In a suit filed this week in Philadelphia, Bernard King, of Sharon Hill, said he suffered "mental anxiety and anguish and severe shock to his entire nervous system" following a Mar. 23 visit to the Dollar Tree at the Penrose Plaza in Southwest Philadelphia. King, a 50-year-old roofer, needed a ribbon to wrap a birthday present for his daughter, his attorney said.
January 22, 1993 |
When you walk into Jaime Palacios' exhibition at Janet Fleisher Gallery, don't be surprised if Frida Kahlo's name pops into your head. His vision of personal torment is much the same as hers, and equally graphic. His father was an official in the Chilean government of socialist Salvador Allende that was overthrown by the army in 1973, when the artist was about 10. It isn't clear whether his outpouring of visual anguish relates directly to this experience or whether his wellspring is more generally cultural.
January 28, 1988 |
Zelda Rubinstein, the psychic who bedeviled the Devil in both "Poltergeist" and "Poltergeist II," makes her starring debut as a crazed clairvoyant in the gory gothic thriller, "Anguish," opening tomorrow at area theaters. Loony and lonely, she lives with her bizarre son (Michael Lerner), a failed optometrist who chews bananas with his mouth open, slits throats and collects human eyeballs. Rubinstein masterminds her son's homicidal activities by sending him telepathic messages like: "From now on, all the eyes of the city will be ours!"
January 22, 1997 |
On Saturday night, Denise Lloyd says, she had a dream that jarred her out of bed. She could see her car, which had been stolen several months ago, sitting in the parking lot behind her apartment building. The windows were smashed; the doors were battered. Inside, crying beneath the luggage blind in the trunk, was her 5-year-old daughter Courtney. And Lloyd couldn't reach her. "As soon as I got up, I walked over to the window and looked," Lloyd said, drawing deeply on the white-tipped filter of a Marlboro Light.
April 10, 2002 |
When Chava Alberstein takes over a stage, you can hear the sound of Israel. For 35 years, her folk songs - many characterized by such keen introspection, they hurt - have been as much a part of the national culture as falafel and olive trees. Now, on the phone from her home in a suburb of Tel Aviv, it was anguish one heard. "We are all very stressed and very worried," Alberstein, 54, said last week, days before she was to leave for shows in New York, Washington, Texas, and, on Sunday, at the University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium.