February 24, 1999 |
Directors can do stupid things to Rossini. The temptation is so great to add slapstick or Abbott & Costello pratfalls to his greatest hit, The Barber of Seville. "But the laughs are in the music," Maurizio Barbacini pointed out during a rehearsal of the Opera Company of Philadelphia production that opened Monday night at the Academy of Music. Fortunately, Barbacini, who conducts, and Chas Rader-Shieber, who directs, agree about The Barber's comic and other emphases. This is an agreement between music and stage maestri that results in a production of good taste and appropriate musical style.
October 8, 2010 |
Thursday morning, Mike Fiore kept cutting hair and talking baseball. Naturally, everybody was talking about Roy Halladay at Caravelli Bros. barbershop in Haddonfield. Fiore, who owns the shop, had been among the 46,411 at Citizens Bank Park the night before for Halladay's National League division series Game 1 no-hitter. Evidently, you can't pitch a postseason no-hitter without Fiore in attendance. He told customers how he had been at Don Larsen's perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series, the only other postseason no-hitter in over a century of games.
January 28, 1986 |
State Rep. James D. Barber has been running for his political life at regular intervals since 1968, when he was elected to the Legislature from West Philadelphia. If Barber wants a 10th term, he'll have to do it again. Vincent Hughes, 29, unveiled all the techniques of a modern and well- organized candidate yesterday as he announced he will again challenge Barber for the 190th District seat. Hughes, a consumer activist and University of Pennsylvania library technician, lost to Barber by less than 1,000 votes in the 1984 primary.
September 30, 1986 |
The 74-year-old owner of a South Philadelphia barber shop yesterday was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and a weapons offense in the fatal shooting of another barber on Oct. 5, 1985. Frank H. Jackson told the jury he thought the victim, Robert Rich, 40, was reaching for a gun when he shot Rich five times inside the shop on Point Breeze Avenue near Wharton Street. Assistant District Attorney Randolph Williams said after the slaying Jackson told police, "I shot him. He owed me money.
March 20, 1992 |
Gustave J. Ferro, 79, started barbering in his father's Southwest Philadelphia shop in 1928 when haircuts were 25 cents and customers kept their shaving cups on a rack along the wall. Mr. Ferro, who retired to Springfield in Delaware County several years ago but never laid down his scissors for long, died Monday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Affectionately known as "Gus the Barber" among the legions of customers he had during 63 years, Mr. Ferro had an old shop on Woodland Avenue that was the place neighborhood men went for generations for haircuts and to shoot the breeze.
May 22, 1986 |
An army of about 150 West Philadelphia youths lined up along 49th Street near Market a few hours before the polls closed Tuesday night, awaiting marching orders from their general, Vincent Hughes. "This is your mission," announced Hughes, candidate for state representative. "Knock on every door between here and 54th Street. " "They did it in 20 minutes," exulted the victorious Hughes in his campaign headquarters yesterday. This blitzkrieg approach to politicking partly explains why Hughes was able to pick off one of West Philadelphia's longtime powerhouses, nine-term state Rep. James D. Barber, in Tuesday's 190th District Democratic primary.
July 22, 2000 |
It was a hairy investigation. Cops in the Oak Lane and Olney sections were scratching their heads, wondering why a burglar was targeting barber shops. There were more than a dozen after-hours break-ins between the end of March and the middle of April. Finally, investigators caught a break. Douglas Rice, 36, of Baynton Street near Walnut Lane, was picked up and charged with a 13th barber-shop burglary. He then threw in the towel and confessed. Rice never explained his motivation for hitting only barber shops.
November 30, 1987 |
The body of a Trenton woman who vanished last week was found Saturday night in a shallow stream in Ewing Township after an unemployed barber agreed to lead police to the scene, city investigators said yesterday. After an exhaustive, four-day search for Patricia Warner, 25, Trenton police got a break in the case over the weekend when they tied a Trenton barber to the theft of the woman's car and the burglary of her Wilson Street apartment. The man is also being questioned in connection with Warner's slaying.
November 20, 1986 |
Year in and year out, Rossini's The Barber of Seville is presented by countless companies big and small, good and bad. Yet it is not an especially easy opera for singers to pull off. The writing fits the voices comfortably enough, but there are still many vocal pitfalls, places where graceless singing sticks out with striking transparency. Still, the wit and sprightly charm of the piece are what seduce so many ensembles. Even in lesser renditions, the opera can bubble and bounce.
October 24, 1992 |
The Oak Lane barber said he only wanted to scare the man he suspected of trying to break into his shop in 1989. But Derrick Jackson, 36, who operated a business on Stenton Avenue near 21st Street, "chose to play the role of determining whether the man was guilty and what the sentence was going to be," according to Assistant District Attorney Louisa Ashmead. The prosecutor said Jackson killed Russell McNight, 24, of Homer Street near Rodney, on June 28, 1989. "He had no right to chase him down like a dog and shoot him," Ashmead said.