October 21, 2015 |
When EgoPo Classic Theater was putting together last year's American Giants Festival, a season comprising three iconic playwrights, artistic director Lane Savadove was acutely aware that something was missing. "We were very conscious of it being a very male, very white season," he said. "I wanted a counterpart. " Thus, American Giants II: The Women, which opened with Lillian Hellman's classic The Children's Hour , running through Sunday. Adrienne Mackey, 33, one of the region's most inventive young theater artists and founder of Swim Pony Performing Arts, is guest director.
October 1, 2015 |
Marcie Lichtman says her 14-year-old daughter had always scored in the "advanced" range on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests, administered to third through eighth graders. But when last year's scores in English/Language Arts and math arrived in the mail last week, the now-ninth grader was surprised to see she scored only "proficient. " "I needed to administer a little first aid to her self-esteem by showing her an article and video explaining what is going on," said Lichtman, who lives in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia.
July 21, 2015 |
Grab your wigs and fake boobs, guys: The glitter is in the audience for Divine/Intervention . The onstage show, which just opened at a nightclub called Voyeur (dark, dark, dark, with gigantic lavender-lit chandeliers), is actually a serious and often moving bio-drama about the counterculture icon known as Divine. Divine's real name was Glenn Milstead, a fat, unhappy kid from a middle-class home in Baltimore. How he wound up starring in John Waters' schlock/shock movies - where he was raped by a giant lobster in Multiple Maniacs , and ate a dog turd in Pink Flamingos , and made it mainstream big in Hairspray - is incidental here.
April 15, 2015 |
Two boards and a passion. That, according to the old saying, is all you need to make theater, and EgoPo Classic Theater proves this - literally - in its stunning production of The Hairy Ape . Matteo Scammell, a human force field, provides much of that passion, in a very impressive, very visceral, very muscular performance as Yank, the central character in this early (1922) expressionist play by Eugene O'Neill. And this production, directed with great imagination by Brenna Geffers, offers a master class is expressionism on stage - a highly stylized kind of theater in which the character's feelings are made visible and audible, feelings that in Yank's case range from arrogance to rage to desperation.
March 5, 2015 |
Schilling vs. the Trolls Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling , furious, took up arms against two men he said were marauding his daughter Gabby via Twitter. On Feb. 25, he'd congratulated Gabby for getting to pitch for the Salve Regina University Seahawks softball team in Newport, R.I. The social-media reaction, mostly happy, included some gross and indecent messages. Schilling outed the messagers as one Adam Nagel of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., and another man later identified as Sean MacDonald.
June 2, 2014
The Italians love playing with colors - especially in their wines. First, they started the modern "orange wine" trend by vinting white grapes on their skins like red wines. Now comes Alter Ego, a dry "white" made by Andrea Occhipinti from Aleatico, a Muscat-scented grape usually made into a sweet red. Occhipinti ( not Sicilian superstar Arianna Occhipinti), is an academic who settled on the volcanic slopes of Lake Bolsena in Lazio (a region that includes Rome) and melds indigenous grapes with innovative techniques.
September 26, 2013 |
HOW MUCH Kanye West can fit inside Kanye West? No matter what you think of the man's talent, there's no arguing that he's full of himself. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, across the pond, West declared, "Rap is the new rock 'n' roll. " "We the new rock stars, and I'm the biggest of all of them," he said. "I'm the No. 1 rock star on the planet. " Kanye, is anyone at your level? "I would not be Kanye West if it wasn't for Michael Jackson . " What about Jay Z ?
July 11, 2013 |
Copies of This Town , my friend and former Post colleague Mark Leibovich's soon-to-be released book about Washington culture, have begun to dribble out, and people in the capital are reacting by sorting out who came out worst. There's presidential friend and White House aide Valerie Jarrett, whose colleagues felt compelled to draft a memo, "The Magic of Valerie," defending her reputation. It included the bullet point "Valerie is someone here who other people inside the building know they can trust.
April 2, 2013 |
Sometimes you pick 'em right, and sometimes you don't. This was one of my don'ts. I chose EgoPo's The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini as one of my three PIFA recommendations in Friday's Weekend section. Although I wasn't naive enough to expect a real magic show on stage, I did expect some stage magic, and not a dramatized Wikipedia biography of the world's most famous escape artist. Created/written/directed by Brenna Geffers (who has repeatedly proved herself an excellent director and who should stick to that)
August 24, 2012 |
As summer becomes autumn, Dito van Reigersberg's fancy turns to frivolity. For the avant-garde performer, that means two things: his Pig Iron Theatre Company's starring role in September's Live Arts Festival, with its new show Zero Cost House , and his musical drag persona Martha Graham Cracker's celebration of her (or is it his?) seventh anniversary of glitz and surprisingly soulful song. After calling Zero Cost House a "beautiful puzzle" about how one's past self and present self meet, van Reigersberg focuses on the marvelous Martha and how, after seven years of a low life in high heels, he keeps that character's experimental edge.