April 11, 2016 |
I'M SO sorry to tell you this, but the best play in town right now is one you probably won't get to see. It's called A Fierce Kind of Love , and everyone in Philly should experience it. But its 10-day run at the 100-seat theater at Christ Church Neighborhood House has already sold out. So this is a plea for a Fairy Godfunder with deep compassion and deeper pockets to figure out how to extend the play's run. Because this extraordinary production...
April 7, 2016 |
Audrey "Dee" Coccia had to fight just to get her daughter Gina into public school in the 1970s. And then, after Gina was finally enrolled at age 11, Coccia had to fight for basics, like speech therapy. "They told me my daughter would never benefit from services, so why would they give them to her?" said Coccia, of Philadelphia's Somerton section. "Some of us have fought a long time," she said. "In the beginning, you either went to a state institution or you stayed home and had nothing.
May 31, 2015 |
What is it?: Salt water taffy is that chewy sweet treat that comes in an abundance of flavors, from simple chocolate or vanilla to newfangled ones like sour cherry and wild banana, and lollipop colors wrapped up in twisted-end waxed paper. Boxes of it touting various vacation locales on the outside are as common as souvenir gifts as fruitcakes at Christmas. How it found its way to New Jersey: The lore at the Jersey Shore is that salt water taffy was invented by Atlantic City Boardwalk confectioner David Bradley.
July 11, 2014 |
* THE STRAIN. 10 p.m. Sunday, FX. * MASTERS OF SEX. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. * RAY DONOVAN. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. THERE'S a line in the fourth episode of FX's "The Strain" that sums up TV's latest vampire drama: "It's not for everyone. " The speaker's referring to a very specific something else that I wouldn't think of spoiling, but for me, saying that "The Strain" is "not for everyone" turned out to mean something different after four episodes than it would have after one. And, yes, I'm afraid this is another of those TV shows that only gets good - or at least begins to show its true colors - a few episodes in. Based on the book trilogy by Guillermo del Toro ("Pacific Rim")
February 27, 2014 |
Every play hopes to be timely. And many playwrights want to change the world. The Exonerated , now in a stirring production by Delaware Theatre Company, goes after both goals. Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's play tells fact-based stories of five men and one woman sentenced to death and later exonerated, many after serving lengthy sentences. In mostly direct address, we hear the words of Delbert Tibbs (David Alan Anderson), Kerry Max Cook (Tony Lawton), Robert Hayes (Akeem Davis)
November 22, 2013 |
* AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME. 9 tonight, BBC America. TELEVISION marks a less somber anniversary this weekend as BBC America celebrates the birthday of "Doctor Who," the long-running British sci-fi show about a time-traveler that's been keeping a series of actors employed - on and off - for 50 years. Tomorrow's the actual anniversary and will include, among other things, a global simulcast at 2:50 p.m. of "Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor," an episode featuring not only the current Doctor, Matt Smith, but his popular predecessor, David Tennant.
August 7, 2013 |
* BROADCHURCH. 10 p.m. tomorrow, BBC America. IMITATION MAY be the sincerest form of flattery, but in television, inspiration's the better way to go. The Danish series "Forbrydelsen" - an international sensasation most Americans haven't gotten to see - led to a U.S. series, AMC's "The Killing," whose first two seasons proved disappointing. To put it mildly. But Season 3, which ended Sunday, was an often-remarkable 12 hours of television that took the homicide detectives played by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman in a direction dictated by U.S. showrunner Veena Sud, not the Danish original, and included a haunting performance by Peter Sarsgaard as a death row inmate.
December 15, 2002 |
David Bradley was gunned down by a fellow employee at General Chemical Corp. in Richmond, Calif., four years ago. Since then, friends of the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and Lehigh University graduate have raised tens of thousands of dollars every year in his name for a special program at the Wissahickon Hospice. At this year's event in San Francisco, the David Bradley Foundation raised about $13,000 for the David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program, begun in 1998, said Amy Zabele, a social worker at the hospice who runs the program.
June 15, 2001 |
Kristian Levring's The King Is Alive is the latest offering from Denmark's Dogma 95 school of filmmaking, a movement whose participating directors believe in addition by subtraction. By shunning gimmickry and restricting themselves to natural lighting and the props they find on location, they have produced such provocative and striking works as Celebration and Mifune. Bolder and more experimental, Levring's film has its flaws, but remains a fascinating and strangely involving piece.
April 7, 2001 |
There was no suspense when Villanova center Michael Bradley walked into the Ski Lodge media room yesterday morning. Everybody knew he was there to declare his intention to enter the NBA draft. Clearly, after an odyssey that had taken him to three colleges (sort of) and five coaches (sort of), it was time for Bradley to decide what to do with his life. "Today, I'm here to declare myself eligible for the upcoming NBA draft," Bradley said. "I just feel it's the appropriate time for me right now in my career.