November 1, 2015 |
Lee Fitting, the senior coordinator producer for ESPN's wildly popular College GameDay , is always asked how he picks the site for his show, one that has rolled into town and will be live on Saturday from 9 a.m until noon from Independence Mall. "Our mantra isn't to go to the game of the day, most fans have a skewed view of that," Fitting said Friday afternoon outside the GameDay set in the middle of Market Street. "We go where the best story is and there is a difference between the best story and best game.
October 23, 2015 |
Even under the most scrupulous care, The Taming of the Shrew presents problems for modern audiences, particularly if they include school groups who might be encountering the Bard for the first time. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre further raises the stakes on the ultimate pick-up artist rom-com by presenting it Original Practice-style, mostly self-directed (though Carmen Khan is listed as director in the program), with minimal rehearsal, contemporary costumes drawn from the performers' own wardrobes, simple lighting, and an unadorned set. The trouble with presenting this play without strong directorial guidance is a matter of missing the forest for the trees.
September 21, 2015 |
The faithful still bring their cares to the fourth bishop of Philadelphia. St. John Neumann, vested in white for Mass and wearing his miter, lies encased in a glass-sided altar at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church at Fifth Street and Girard Avenue in Northern Liberties. When he died in 1860, Neumann had such a reputation for holiness that supplicants began coming to his burial place to pray. They beseeched the late bishop, whom they regarded as a special friend of God, to seek divine favor for them.
September 15, 2015 |
With so much Philly Fringe activity happening in the city right now, what could possibly entice theatergoers out to the suburbs for People's Light's regular season opener, particularly if that show is Arthur Miller's All My Sons ? It's a great drama, sure, and a fine tribute to the centenary of Miller's birth , but it's hardly uncharted territory. However, for audiences who saw Kamilah Forbes' direction of August Wilson's Fences last season, the answer is obvious. Bringing back much of that cast, Forbes reframes Miller's classic tale of the American dream-turned-nightmare as a near companion piece to former New York Times culture critic Margo Jefferson's new memoir, Negroland . This African American cast brings to life the tightly proscribed culture of a rising postwar black middle class, secreting away the shameful, swallowing its pain, accepting nothing less than achievement, or overachievement.
July 31, 2015 |
Thanh Van Nguyen said he served in South Vietnam's navy and risked his life for U.S. troops before escaping in April 1975, a day before Saigon fell to the communist North Vietnamese. Now 62 and a naturalized citizen, the print shop supervisor and his wife, Gai Thi Tran, 63, live comfortably in East Norriton, Montgomery County. And this summer, the couple had two reasons to celebrate: Their sons were getting married, one in New Jersey, the other in California. But with the hectic joy has come an unexpected and confounding sadness that's unique to foreign-born citizens: the decision by U.S. officials that some relatives may attend while others may not. For Nguyen, the relatives in question were his brother and brother-in-law - nearly identical in age and status, with jobs, children, and deep roots in Vietnam.
July 15, 2015 |
He adjudicates from a wheelchair now, oxygen tubes nestled under the rims of his glasses as he speaks. But Albert Cepparulo's voice - coated in a thick Port Richmond accent - remains strong and steady, handing down sentences that range from empathetic to staggering. Last year, for example, the Bucks County Common Pleas Court judge gave an 81-year-old man 935 to 1,870 years for sexually assaulting a girl and videotaping the abuse. More recently, he spared a man from jail time for drug possession, concerned he could lose his job. Cepparulo has stayed on the bench even when his fellow judges thought he was too ill to work.
July 15, 2015 |
Can you revisit the magic, and perhaps repair the frustrations, of a childhood at once idyllic and a persistent source of contemporary stress? The folks at Bucks County Playhouse must have thought so when they decided to produce Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond, which features the finest performances I've seen on stage this season. Thompson's 1979 play portrays a lost slice of Americana in its story of Norman and Ethel Thayer, spending their 48th summer in a secluded cabin on Golden Pond in Maine.
June 22, 2015 |
In the shadow of Charleston, scores gathered in Germantown on Saturday to celebrate the events of a day 150 years ago - the freeing of slaves on American soil. People met near the spot where the first protest against slavery was written, joined a loud, drum-banging march up and down hilly Germantown Avenue, and fell silent at emotional reenactments of the plight of those who had been held in servitude. They called out the names of ancestors and remembered those whose names have been lost.
April 15, 2015 |
The four sons of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife raised new questions Monday about their parents' death, and alleged that investigators botched the case from the beginning. In the latest round in a mounting public campaign seeking to prove that their parents were murdered, they released a letter to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano accusing his office of ignoring evidence and hastily determining that the deaths were a murder-suicide. "All we want is the answers to what happened to our parents," one of the sons, Mark, said Monday during an interview at his Newark, N.J., law office.
April 3, 2015 |
TOM BRADY staged a pretty good April Fools' Day stunt yesterday. The Patriots quarterback has been taking some needless risks while vacationing in the Bahamas, including diving off a 40-foot cliff and playing one-on-one against Michael Jordan. So yesterday on Facebook, Brady posted a doctored photo of himself in a full-body cast with Jordan's signature on his left leg. Something tells us Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't find it very funny. Career in 'Jeopardy!