December 21, 1993 |
Don Tesauro, the man who owns the land being considered for an Eagles stadium, is a successful entrepreneur, horse breeder, significant political contributor and longtime supporter of Mayor Rendell. He is said to shun publicity, though he is described by many as a colorful character. Although his given name is Domenic, Tesauro goes by Don. "Don is a Damon Runyonesque figure, always difficult to find," Rendell told reporters yesterday. "He comes and goes. He doesn't keep any regular hours.
October 1, 2008
MILTON Street's flamboyant bluster has finally come to an end. A 30-month jail term will most likely silence one of Philadelphia's biggest running jokes once and for all. Oh, what a colorful character. Although the IRS will probably never collect the $413,000 Milton owes, it's good to see his bubble has finally been broken. Gerald Jackson, Philadelphia
October 9, 1998 |
"One Tough Cop" is based on a former New York cop named Bo Dietl, by all accounts a colorful character. But not colorful enough. Though Stephen Baldwin is brought in to ape Dietl's mannerisms and accent and habit of beating people up, the movie's story is largely fictionalized. At least we assume it is, because it's not possible that the life of an actual person could contain so many cliches. In place of biography, we get a Hollywood cops-and-robbers melodrama so stale it dates back to Bogart and Cagney - two neighborhood chums, one becomes a mobster, the other a cop. All that's missing is Pat O'Brien as the priest who knew them both as kids.
May 5, 2000 |
CUPID & CATE, 9 p.m. Sunday, Channel 3. "Cupid & Cate," based on a novel with the significantly less alliterative title "Cupid and Diana," could've been structured a little more efficiently. The romantic telefilm spends its first hour spinning its narrative wheels, protractedly spelling out its fairly simplistic plot complications; then, in 15 minutes, a whole bunch of things happen. The final 45 minutes are given over to the rote resolution of that brief, calamitous spurt of narrative.
February 18, 1989 |
Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler is hardly an agreeable person. In the course of the play named for her, she acts horribly toward everyone around, mistreating an ex-lover so badly that she becomes an accessory in his death. Why does Hedda do these things? Is she an intelligent, independent, passionate woman, disgusted that she has surrendered to social convention and taking out her frustrations on everyone she encounters? Or is she just a mean- spirited troublemaker? The first interpretation would seem not only to be more worthy of a playwright of Ibsen's stature, but also to hold more theatrical possibilities.
October 11, 2011
IF PROFESSIONAL women really want to get ahead, then they have to stop acting like bitches. That's what the daughter of the late Eagles owner Leonard Tose told me when I interviewed her recently about her business self-help book for women. "You know they're always called bitches. Well, why? Because they act like them. Think about it. They kind of try to sabotage a guy. Or they'll talk behind his back," said Susan Tose Spencer, who back in the '80s was general counsel and vice president of the Eagles.
March 6, 1999 |
The timeliness of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Frank McGuinness' 1991 play inspired by the taking of hostages in Lebanon in the 1980s, may have faded. But even without recent accounts of the terrible ordeal the imprisoned men suffered to deepen a theatergoer's reaction, the drama is engrossing business. The eloquent play, which the Vagabond Acting Troupe is presenting at Montgomery County Cultural Center and which will play Center City's Theatre Double March 18 to 20, takes place in a windowless room somewhere in Lebanon.
October 25, 1991 |
The Vox Theater Company says it is "committed to exploring the psycho- physical connection of the human being. " The adaptation of the novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde it is presenting as its inaugural production certainly fits that philosophy. Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 story about a physician who develops a potion that concentrates the evil side of his nature into a separate personality is a case study on how the mind can affect an individual's beavior. In the extreme instance imagined by Stevenson, the state of mind is even reflected in Hyde's monstrous appearance.
December 2, 1994 |
Michael "Mike Reno" Garbesi, 53, a freelance photographer of political, entertainment and sports stars, died Tuesday at his home in South Philadelphia. Mr. Garbesi, known throughout Philadelphia as "Mike Reno," often cruised the city with cameras hanging off his neck and a press pass identifying him as a representative of the Philadelphia Exclusive News. "He was a self-employed freelance photographer and sold advertisements for the paper," said J.J. Palumbo, owner of the Exclusive News.
March 17, 2006 |
An old-style mob movie based on a real court case and a real character - a colorful character - Find Me Guilty is about loyalty, family, and a bunch of good fellas. Vin Diesel, wearing a lug's smile and a head of hair, portrays Giacomo "Jackie Dee" DiNorscio, a career soldier with the New Jersey Lucchese crime clan. Busted in a drug deal, Jackie Dee's been sent to prison, but the feds are willing to shorten his time - and serve him some fine cuisine - if he testifies against his cohorts and pals.