March 6, 2016 |
After almost 56 years of community theater, the Society Hill Playhouse is expected to close on April 1. It's putting on one last premiere - a two-night show Friday and Saturday - titled Liberty Radio Theatre , by Bill Arrowood. It's a show modeled after classic radio drama. "For an old-timey show like this, the Society Hill is the right room," Arrowood said. Deen Kogan, who cofounded the theater in 1959, is "a big noir buff," Arrowood said, "so I wrote the last episode of the play for her. " (On March 19, the theater will host "Noir at the Bar," a gala night of readings by noir authors in honor of the theater and its longtime role as host of NoirCon.)
March 4, 2016 |
It's a study in community theater. On the stage of Temple Adath Israel's auditorium in Merion Station, several actors are going through their paces. Others wait for their scenes to be called, and a rolling rack of costumes is making the rounds. Prompters toss out lines as needed. It's a Sunday afternoon rehearsal for Guys and Dolls . Lisa Litman looks on. She's the director. She also plays Adelaide, the female lead in the show, which won the Tony for best musical when it debuted on Broadway in 1950, with songs like "A Bushel and a Peck," "If I Were a Bell," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat.
September 18, 2015 |
After 13 years on the road, the Moorestown Theater Company would like to build a home of its own. The nonprofit group dreams of building a new performing arts center on the site of the soon-to-be-demolished former Moorestown library. "I have not heard one person say it's a bad idea," declared company founder and promoter-in-chief Mark Morgan, whose troupe stages 14 to 16 Broadway musicals annually at churches, schools, and other venues around town. Although Moorestown contemplates using the library site for green space, parking, or additional municipal facilities, the theater company would like to lease the ground while trying to privately raise perhaps $10 million to build the performing arts center.
March 19, 2013 |
Have you ever been in a shoe store and been struck by the similarities with theater? The precisely aimed lighting? The purposeful delivery of the salespeople? The shoes as props? I haven't, either. But to Benjamin Lovell, the parallels are as obvious as a well-buffed wingtip. That's why the footwear purveyor of 40 years, with five namesake stores in Philadelphia, Glen Mills, and Haddonfield, is as comfortable on stage as he is sizing someone for Allen Edmonds oxfords or Thierry Rabotin ballet flats.
January 20, 2013 |
In the first minutes of a quick sitdown with Dustin Hoffman , the sprightly icon of 20th-century cinema - The Graduate , Marathon Man , Kramer vs. Kramer , All the President's Men , Midnight Cowboy , Rain Man , Tootsie (come on, this is ridiculous!) - manages to reference Ireland, James Joyce , Ulysses , waiting tables, Henri Cartier-Bresson , and tortoise- shell glasses. The publicist warns that you have only 10 or 15 minutes tops with Hoffman, who, at 75, has just directed his first feature.
October 21, 2012 |
Charles Lawrence "Larry" Moses, 60, of Philadelphia, a program coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania who enjoyed directing, producing, and acting in community theater shows, died Sunday, Oct. 14, of complications of heart disease at Park Pleasant Nursing Home & Rehab Center in West Philadelphia. Mr. Moses worked in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at the university, a position he had held since 1996. Before coming to Penn, Mr. Moses worked in human services, holding positions at Cheyney University, the Glen Mills Schools, Devereaux, and Wordsworth Academy.
June 11, 2012 |
Upstairs at the Plays & Players Theater on Delancey Street, just outside the room housing Quig's Pub, someone has bumped into Dennis Murphy, 71, at the happy-hour food table and knocked his plate of shrimp to the floor. Meanwhile, in the black-box theater next to the bar, behind a thick black velvet curtain, the Plays & Players company is rehearsing a wordless staccato preamble to Tom Stoppard's Travesties, with Lenin and Joyce as characters and set 100 years ago, around the same time the theater itself was born.
April 15, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: I am a 16-year-old girl and I want to become famous. My mom says that's not a real job. I was in magazines when I was little, but now that I'm older, I want to be a singer or actress. What should I do? — Heading for Fame in Ohio DEAR HEADING: Listen to your mother. Fame, if one can achieve it, is usually accomplished after years of planning and hard work. If there is community theater in your area, volunteer and become involved. Plan to study music, drama and speech — as well as another subject so you can support yourself if it takes awhile for you to become famous.
January 3, 2011 |
MELISSA LYNCH was an actress with the knack of taking on the most diverse of roles and making them true. There was the delicate Sonya in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," in which she was attired in 19th-century Russian garb with severely pulled back hair. Then there were the tormented nun in "Agnes of God," the filthy young polio victim in "Bed Bound," the "dead-eyed hippie chick" in "When You Comin' Back Red Ryder. " She also donned the tights of Wonder Woman, played a cardinal's mistress in "The Duchess of Malfi," and a "foul-mouthed and seething" woman in the explosive "boom.
January 1, 2011 |
Melissa Lynch, 27, a prolific stage actress who impressed Philadelphia critics in more than 17 productions, died Thursday, Dec. 30, of injuries from a car wreck. Ms. Lynch most recently appeared in the Lantern Theater Company's production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya , a performance that Philadelphia Weekly described as "heartbreaking. " The show, which closed in November, capped off a year her colleagues said was the busiest and most successful of her burgeoning career. "She was booked straight from September 2010 through May 2011 - five or six shows," said Jared Delaney, associate artistic director of the Inis Nua Theatre Company.