October 20, 2015 |
Philly's newish Irish Heritage Theatre has made its way through two-thirds of Sean O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy. Last season featured The Shadow of a Gunman , that drawing back of the curtains on a tenement apartment and its inhabitants during Ireland's War of Independence. Two years later in O'Casey's Dublin, it's another apartment, in perhaps another tenement, as Juno and the Paycock make their way through the wreckage of one war even as they're listing into another: the Irish Civil War. This being classic Irish theater, between bombings and shootings, there's lots of yarn spinning, drinking, a bit o' hoofing and balladeering, and gossip galore in Juno and the Paycock . Kirsten Quinn's Juno, matriarch of the Boyle clan, seems to be always tidying up, forehead creased with worry, sharp eyes cutting through whatever nonsense her ne'er-do-well husband, "Captain" Jack (Ethan Lipkin)
October 3, 2015 |
Director Daniel Barber has a talent for sussing out the brutality intrinsic in the everyday. In 2009's Harry Brown , Michael Caine played a Cockney retiree who avenges his best friend by taking on the hoodlums who live in the same council estate. It was revenge both Caine, and cane, style. In The Keeping Room , Barber, working off a script by Julia Hart, explores the violence for those left at home during wartime. It's the waning days of the Civil War, Augusta (Brit Marling)
October 2, 2015 |
The 2016 selection for One Book, One Philadelphia is the 1997 Civil War novel Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. The Free Library of Philadelphia and the mayor's office were scheduled to announce the selection Thursday morning in an event that will kick off the program's four-month reading period, during which about 800 copies of the book will circulate throughout each of the library's 61 branches. Cold Mountain was chosen for its Civil War theme, and also to coincide with the debut of a new opera by local composer Jennifer Higdon, based on the book.
September 30, 2015 |
* FRONTLINE: MY BROTHER'S BOMBER. 10 tonight, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, WHYY12. KEN DORNSTEIN'S story reads like a feature film. A man who's spent his career behind the scenes of a TV news magazine decides to leave behind his wife and two young children and sneak into Libya, a country in turmoil, in search of the people who might be responsible for the murder of his older brother, and 269 others, in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103. Starting tonight,...
September 6, 2015 |
* MASTERS OF SEX . 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. The story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson reaches one of its most controversial points with the initiation of their surrogacy program. * THE CIVIL WAR . 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, WHYY12. With the Confederate flag so much in the news, the timing couldn't be better for the 25th anniversary rebroadcast of the Ken Burns classic - restored for high-def. * EMPIRE: SEASON 1 MARATHON . Noon Monday, FX. Get ready for the Sept.
August 21, 2015 |
A retired plumber in Magnolia who is a Civil War buff, his musician/optician brother from Barrington, and a Voorhees video editor have teamed up to make a documentary. And it's a powerful piece of work. The South Jersey premiere of Civil War Prisons - An American Tragedy is set for Civic Hall on the Blackwood campus of Camden County College at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Featuring professional voice actor Scott R. Pollak's polished narration, 300 evocative historical images, and a wistful soundtrack, the 77-minute movie is elegiac and unequivocal.
May 1, 2015 |
With "Avengers: Age of Ultron" projected to do at least $200 million domestically - after opening to over $200 million overseas last weekend - it is clear that Marvel Studios remains hotter than ever, years after some movie pundits declared the comic-book movie craze over. "We are under incredibly crushing expectations," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in an exclusive interview. Indeed, it says something that if "Avengers: Age of Ultron" does "only" $500 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide, it would be considered something of a disappointment.
April 9, 2015 |
In the late fall of 1863, Pvt. Franklin Hill of Northern Liberties was fighting his way through the Tennessee Valley with the Union Army. Tattered and tested at the age of 20, Franklin had already been through hell and back. He was wearing a dead man's pants. He was eating a pig he bought with a Confederate $20 bill he found in the same dead Rebel's pocket. And he was worried sick over his white star. The white star was the emblem of Franklin's famed regiment - the 29th Pennsylvania Volunteers.
February 13, 2015
ISSUE | STATE STORES End booze monopoly The politically motivated, specious support among Harrisburg Democrats for the dinosaur that is the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board should anger and incite everyone ("The great bottleneck," Feb. 9). Indeed, the agency is a "Rube Goldberg bureaucracy" - one that was ripe for corruption, wastefulness, and nepotism almost from its inception. That Gov. Wolf stands by this monster shows that he, too, can be influenced by the dirty politics of Harrisburg.
February 10, 2015 |
Tillman Valentine didn't know the hard times he'd face when he enlisted in the Army that morning of June 30, 1863. He was a black man in a country at war with itself over slavery and state's rights. Emotions were running high as Confederate forces invaded Pennsylvania, where a great battle - the bloodiest of the Civil War - was about to be fought at Gettysburg. Valentine bade an affectionate goodbye to his pregnant wife, Annie, and their three children in West Chester and headed to Camp William Penn, the first and largest federal training ground for black soldiers, just north of Philadelphia.