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December 9, 1994 | By Cheryl Lynne Potter, FOR THE INQUIRER
The main ingredient of artist Osman Karriem Hayes' art form is so exotic it can be found right there on the grocery-store shelf, in between such household items as plastic wrap, sandwich bags, and other paper products. And to most people, the thin, shiny sheets that are Hayes' principal medium are no secret ingredient at all: They're just plain old aluminum foil. It doesn't matter what name is on the foil package wrapper. Hayes, who calls himself a "tinfoil artist," is able to manipulate the silvery, pliable material into whatever character his fertile imagination suggests.
NEWS
May 9, 1991 | By Stella M. Eisele, Special to The Inquirer
Kristeen Fabrizio hobbled into the cafeteria at the Phoenixville Area Junior High School, her legs bound in a narrow, ankle-length elastic tube. "I swim. I fell in love," said Fabrizio, 10, of Phoenixville, when she took her turn on stage Tuesday morning. "Who am I?" Dozens of second, third and fourth graders waved their hands, eager to guess whom Fabrizio was portraying in the Barkley Elementary School's Character Costume Cavalcade. The cavalcade was part of the monthlong "Kids Who Read Succeed Program" coordinated by librarian Lois Boyer and elementary school principal Joseph C. Dougherty.
NEWS
August 15, 2010 | By Michael Smerconish
Steve Solms died last week. I knew him only peripherally, but always got a kick out of his joie de vivre. Others have reminisced about the time the real estate developer and diehard 76ers fan brazenly walked onto the court during player introductions and presented Julius Erving with a doctor's bag. I'll always remember seeing Solms in the midst of a real estate crash, but looking no worse for the wear at poolside in Las Vegas and flashing a wad of...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2006 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
The Internet comic strip Get Your War On by David Rees has been commenting on the war on terrorism by showing people in offices talking to one another on the phone or over coffee and doughnuts about the state of the world. The Rude Mechanicals of Austin, Texas, have adapted the comic strip (www.getyourwaron.com) for the stage, using overhead projectors and five actors in suits, ties and high heels. They provide an illustrated, damning chronicle of the Bush administration, starting in 2001 and tracing the war on terrorism through Afghanistan and Iraq, with excursions into the anthrax scares, Enron, the Katrina catastrophe, and Terry Schiavo.
NEWS
January 17, 1997 | by Surabhi Avasthi, New York Daily News
At the end of the day, Tracey Ullman has no trouble peeling off her many personae - and the various wigs, mustaches and thick accents that go along with each. "I don't get attached to any of them for more than half an hour," Ullman says of the gallery of quirky characters she plays on her HBO comedy series, "Tracey Takes On . . . " which kicks off its second season at 11 p.m. tomorrow. "I'm quite glad to take them all off and go back to being Tracey. " When she's not in character, the 37-year-old British comic actress wears simple, tailored clothing and no makeup.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 1995 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Brendan Behan's 1958 play The Hostage concerns a British soldier taken prisioner by the Irish Republican Army in retaliation for the planned execution of an IRA member. That's the plot, but it certainly isn't the play. In fact, Behan spends probably less than half of this three-hour piece dealing with the plot. The rest of the time is spent on the frequently crazy doings of a passel of minor characters and in the performance of a large number of mostly humorous songs. The Hostage, which Temple University Theaters is producing, is a strange theatrical bird.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2010
By Glenn Taylor Ecco Press. 360 pp. $24.99 Reviewed by Sherrie Flick Many of us like television shows, even the predictable programs in which the characters consistently react the way you expect. In these shows, the ending isn't so much a revelation as a logical conclusion. It can be comforting to watch these shows and not have to think much. On the other hand, I try to read a lot. Reading makes me happy to be alive, and some days when it's hot and humid and oil is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, I need something to revive my faith in humanity.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Staff Writer
PRINCETON - Is any play more perfectly titled than Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance? The Pulitzer Prize-winning 1966 play, now at the McCarter Theatre through Feb. 27, has well-coiffed suburbanites balancing their composure against chaotic forces within themselves and outside the door. Other balances are needed for a successful rendering of this play. As much as one wishes more of them were achieved in this Emily Mann-directed production, there's still plenty happening with such a rich script wrestled into life by high-caliber actors Kathleen Chalfant and John Glover.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1986 | By STUART D. BYKOFSKY, Daily News Staff Writer
Anthony Quinn is chuckling. It's a deep, warm chuckle that rumbles up from the kettle drum of mirth in the potbelly he has borrowed from Zorba the Greek. Anthony Quinn is chuckling about someone's notion that the billing of his play (opening officially tonight at the Forrest Theater) should read "Zorba is Anthony Quinn" rather than "Anthony Quinn is Zorba. " "I think it's lovely, but I think it's nonsense, but they said the same thing when I played Gauguin . . . 'Requiem for a Heavyweight.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2000 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
A door at the back of the darkened stage swings ajar to disgorge a man in a black jacket, who edges into a spotlit square and begins telling you a story. It is a story of life's randomness, something about an auto accident. Soon he is joined by a second man, who also appears involved in the story; it is, in fact, somehow his story. And In on It, a production at the Arden Theatre by Daniel MacIvor's Canadian company da da kamera, is off and running. As it initially unfolds, the story is about Ray, whose wife leaves him for a friend of theirs just as Ray is diagnosed with a fatal disease.
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February 2, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Trump's antics bare character flaw Donald Trump's reason for boycotting Thursday's Republican presidential debate - that he would not be treated fairly by Fox News anchor and moderator Megyn Kelly - was arrogant and misguided ("Trump to boycott Iowa debate," Wednesday). But he managed to outdo himself with his juvenile act of trying to draw attention from the debate, ostensibly for a noble cause - raising money for military veterans. The hypocrisy is astounding.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2016 | Ellen Gray
THE MAGICIANS 9 p.m. Monday, Syfy Jason Ralph doesn't look like trouble, but troublesome characters know where to find him. After playing the president's fresh-out-of-rehab son on CBS's Madam Secretary and a patent lawyer who wasn't exactly what he seemed on WGN's Manhattan , Ralph is stirring things up as a would-be wizard in The Magicians , which has its two-hour premiere Monday on Syfy. Based on the best-selling trilogy by Lev Grossman, Syfy's version has taken enough liberties with the original text that Ralph's Quentin Coldwater is no longer introduced as a 17-year-old, but as a twentysomething entering grad school at the mysterious and magical Brakebills University.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2016 | Ellen Gray, Daily News
BILLIONS 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime In his new Showtime series, "Billions," he plays a hedge-fund mogul whose choices move the markets, but Damian Lewis is a bit of a ditherer. So the decision to return to Showtime, where he'd won an Emmy for playing Marine-turned-terrorist Nicholas Brody in "Homeland" didn't come easily. "I do make plans. I try to make plans because I desperately try to create some sort of structure. But, of course, that's a fool's game," the British actor said in an interview last summer in Beverly Hills.
NEWS
January 4, 2016 | Reviewed by Sara Bauknecht, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Year of Yes How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person By Shonda Rhimes Simon & Schuster. 336 pp. $24.99 Y - E - S. For TV producer powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, those three letters pack a lot of possibilities. In fact, they can even change lives. Rhimes, the mastermind behind TV hits Grey's Anatomy , Scandal , and How to Get Away With Murder on ABC, details her ongoing journey with the word in her new book, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2015 | Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
David Tischman [who once authored the "Poster Child" feature for the Daily News ] has had a long career in writing comics that spans both work at Vertigo and IDW, but his latest venture is his most personal, ambitious yet - and available only on the web! "Heroine Chic" (art by Hong Kong-based Audrey Mok) is set in a New York populated by superheroes. However, rather than focusing primarily on heroic battles between superpowered characters, Tischman's creation follows the life of fashion designer Zoe Porter, after she lands a job with famous and renowned costume designer Dyna Cuff.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis Lacey, the Irish country girl at the heart of the magnificent and moving Brooklyn , with an intelligence and spirit that fills the screen and radiates beyond it. One of the most memorable characters of recent film, born from Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel and brought to life via a screenplay by Nick Hornby and the smart, steady direction of John Crowley, Eilis is a young woman who faces a huge choice. She can stay in Enniscorthy, the County Wexford town where she has grown up and where, in truth, the future holds small promise.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
'Lights Rise on Grace" begins with a meet-cute: Grace (Bi Jean Ngo), a 16-year-old high school girl who is shy and socially inept - apparently, from what we're told, because she is Chinese - meets Large ( Ashton Carter), an African American boy, also in her high school. Their sweet meeting turns into many, which turn into a love affair, violently disapproved of by both the black and the Chinese communities. Romeo and Juliet are invoked. One day, Large fails to meet Grace; she feels abandoned and betrayed, and it will turn out he's in prison, apparently for beating his brother into a wheelchair.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2015 | Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
"The Peanus Movie," set for release on Friday, has one big thing going for it. The voice cast is composed almost entirely of child actors. "It was all child actors instead of adult celebrities, except for Snoopy and Woodstock," A.J. Tecce , who voices Pig-Pen, told Tattle Comics Guy Jerome Maida . "Since [ Bill Melendez ] passed away and he had voiced those characters in every other production, they are going to use archival sounds from his previous stuff. " Tecce said of the traditionally silent Pig-Pen, "We're really anxious to hear his voice and he uses a lot of sound effects, too. " Tecce said that there is a reason that someone who looks like a human dust storm resonates with kids.
NEWS
October 16, 2015
IT HAS BEEN decades since the United States was as ethnically and racially polarized as it is now. Between Donald Trump 's threats to round up 11 million Mexicans, the "Black Lives Matter" movement ignited by a seemingly unending series of tragic encounters between law-enforcement personnel and young African-Americans, and the still-festering post-9/11 paranoia and Islamophobia, a drama about racial, religious and ethnic identity and the "us-and-them"...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is something deeply perverse about Manhattan , cable channel WGN's well-executed, edge-of-your-seat drama that returns for its second season at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Writer-producer Sam Shaw's series is an espionage thriller/domestic melodrama posing as historical epic. It's a fictionalized story of the scientists at Los Alamos, N.M., who developed the A-bomb during WWII. Manhattan is an overwrought, overripe piece of pulp fiction stuffed with overboiled intrigue.
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