March 22, 2012
Il Portico (1519 Walnut St., 215-587-7000, www.il-portico.com ) is launching Pasta Mista Fridays. "Pasta mista" means "mixed pasta," and Il Portico's version, available for lunch or dinner, includes gnocchi, parpadelle, fettuccine, tagliolini and eggless bigoli tossed with fresh seasonal ingredients. Tomorrow from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Granite Hill, the restaurant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-684-7990, www.granitehillrestaurant.com )
October 31, 2011 |
IT'S NOT unusual for Steve McCoy to earn rousing ovations from audiences around the globe. What is unusual is how the 53-year-old Barrington, Camden County, native came to be generally acknowledged as the world's leading Tom Jones impersonator. In the summer of 1989, McCoy - who appears through Nov. 17 in the "Legends in Concert" mimic-fest at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City - was a landscaper who, despite a physical resemblance to the Welsh pop icon, never considered a show-business career.
September 17, 2011
Frances Bay, 92, a housewife who became a successful actress in middle age, appearing in more than 50 motion pictures and 100 television shows, including roles as the "marble rye lady" on Seinfeld and the grandmother in Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore ," died Thursday at a hospital in California's San Fernando Valley. Ms. Bay had been ill with various infections. The actress, whose right leg was amputated below the knee after she was struck by a car in 2002, had been active until recently, appearing regularly as Aunt Ginny in the ABC sitcom The Middle . Born in Mannville, Alberta, the shy, diminutive Ms. Bay began acting in Winnipeg, Manitoba - voicing princesses on radio shows - and then in Toronto.
June 10, 2011 |
First, you have to get yourself a red carnation, or some facsimile of a red carnation, which you're supposed to wear in order to be recognized at the corner of Girard Avenue and Front Street. That's where a god or a guide (I'm not sure which, maybe both) meets you, outside the SEPTA station, to escort you to the theater. On this night, he was Mercury, which seemed right, as the street temperature was right up there. On Wednesday's opening night of Antony and Cleopatra , about 80 of us wore carnations for what is called a "secret Shakespeare production" by the traveling outré theater company called the Missoula Oblongata, which has performed in the city before and has a following, and Puppet Uprising, which began in Philadelphia and supports puppeteers from all over.
January 12, 2009 |
A funny thing happened on the way to New Candlelight Theatre's production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which opened Saturday night. Forty years passed. In 1969, the dinner theater in Ardentown, Del. - just across the Pennsylvania border - opened its doors with the same zany musical the theater now stages in a spirited production that kindles most of the show's zing-zing lines. In all, the production's a fitting tribute to the theater's four decades. Five years ago, the theater devoted to warhorse musicals changed hands; it now is headed by executive director Robert Miller and his wife, artistic director Jody Anderson Miller.
December 12, 2008 |
Jurij Mykolajevych Plevako Oransky, 91, of Ardmore, conductor, pianist, baritone, and teacher at Philadelphia's Ukrainian Music Institute of America, died Nov. 27 of multiple organ failure at home. Born Jan. 30, 1917, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Professor Oransky and his parents survived the forced famine of 1932-33, when millions of Ukrainians perished. His parents were killed during Joseph Stalin's purges of intellectual "undesirables" in the mid-1930s. The young man lived with his grandmother and studied music at the Kharkiv Conservatory, from which he graduated in 1939.
October 14, 2008 |
There are several ways in which New Candlelight's Rocky Horror Show is unlike the theater's previous productions. First, there's no dinner . . . in a dinner theater. Instead, we get a few dinky hors d'oeuvres on plastic plates with plastic forks, and drinks served in plastic cups. Why? George Quinn, who plays Eddie in the show and doubles as a New Candlelight waiter, explains, "We weren't sure what kind of crowd we'd get and didn't want anything like dishes or glasses that could break flying around.
March 14, 2008 |
Sean Patrick Finnegan is dead before his time, or maybe just at the right time - the day his wedding to the comely Katherine O'Shea was scheduled to take place. But before he goes into the ground, he will have to endure a slew of just-short-of-censored Irish one-liners and as many ethnic stereotypes as the dozen-member cast of "Finnegan's Wake" can purvey. Atlantic City casinos have been trying all permutations of entertainment of late to attract varied clientele. Over the last year, the Showboat has been the most transformative.
May 16, 2007 |
Sometimes, as a theater reviewer, you get jaded. You see the same show enough times and in enough settings, you begin to make assumptions about who will do what well and who won't. However, the best part of the job (aside from all those free tickets and opening parties) is when you are proven wrong, time and time again, finding surprises where you never expected them. New Candlelight Theatre, the Ardentown, Del., dinner theater, has provided a couple of those surprises this season, most recently in its current production of Chicago.
January 15, 2007 |
Three delicate questions spring to mind at the prospect of the New Candlelight Dinner Theatre's production of My Way: Dinner theater? In Delaware? About Frank Sinatra? The last time I visited a dinner theater, I was in fourth grade, and even then baffled by the split personality of the whole enterprise: Is it dinner? Is it theater? I'm also not a true Sinatra fan, and feel more affinity for Sid Vicious' version of "My Way" than that of Ol' Blue Eyes. But Candlelight recently made the switch from an amateur troupe to an equity theater, which generally bodes well for the quality of the performers, and the mere promise of a passable celebrity impersonation can bring back the magic of celebrity worship for even the most snarky critic.