May 14, 2013 |
On a long enough timeline, every theater in the country will stage Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor . Like Michael Frayn's Noises Off , Ludwig's farce fills the stalls with patrons wanting a laugh and willing to pay for it. But the perfect casting at Ambler's Act II Playhouse elevates its current production far above the level of late-season filler aimed at middle America. Ludwig's comedy, about the mishaps surrounding a big-name Italian tenor guest-starring in a performance of Otello in Cleveland, doesn't require stellar voices for the evening's sole musical number.
March 9, 2013 |
The pair of flares taped to two pipes in the resealable storage bag sitting in the elevator in Lawnside's borough hall looked threatening enough. There was what looked like a timer; the mayor's name was on a white label. Mayor Mary Ann Wardlow, who has served on the council for more than two decades, had left the building at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The device wasn't in the elevator then, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Lawnside police said. On Thursday, the municipal court clerk discovered the device shortly before 8:30 a.m. as she headed to the elevator to the second-floor courtroom.
February 23, 2013 |
Elevators for two PATCO train stations have been delayed by construction problems and the discovery of the remnants of an abandoned, century-old subway station during excavation work. The elevators were supposed to be ready for use by the end of 2012 at PATCO's Ninth-10th and Locust Street subway station in Center City and the elevated Ferry Avenue station in Camden. But the $5 million project has been slowed by permitting delays, supplier problems, utility conflicts, and, most important, the discovery of the old station under the Ninth and Locust site.
February 11, 2013 |
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Hedgerow Theatre serves up the world premiere of Larry McKenna's Strictly Platonic , a cute, chocolate-covered cherry of a romantic comedy. McKenna's 11-scene, 90-minute script wastes no time setting up its well-worn premise: It poses the life-altering question, "Do you ever look for meaningful relationships?" The recipient of that question invariably is a self-centered, shallow playboy, in this case, real estate agent Tim (Brendan Cataldo). We meet him in the first scene as he rides home on the train from a night of bar hopping - and phone-number scoring - with his best friend, Josh (Jamie Goldman)
November 12, 2012 |
Drexel University's entrepreneurial president has set his sights on the possibility of building over and developing part of the Schuylkill Rail Yards, long ogled by visionaries for its expansive prospects yet largely untouched because of the potential infrastructure problems it poses. President John A. Fry is embarking on a university-funded million-dollar-plus feasibility study with Amtrak and SEPTA to determine options. Could 30th Street Station and its West Philadelphia community be connected to the Art Museum and Center City via an elevated platform built atop the rail yards?
October 19, 2012
Joseph Patrick Purcell, 64, a retired elevator mechanic in Philadelphia and Phoenix, Ariz., and a longtime Mason, died Wednesday, Oct., 10, of complications of cancer at his home in Phoenix. Mr. Purcell was born June 18, 1948, in Philadelphia, the son of John and Catherine Purcell. He attended Philadelphia public schools, graduating from George Washington High School in 1967. Mr. Purcell worked as a mechanic as a member of International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 5 in Philadelphia from 1968 to 2000.
September 21, 2012 |
IF YOU KNOW THE NAME Melanie Lynskey, you're already planning to see her in "Hello I Must Be Going. " If you don't, this film will have you making up for lost time. That's how good an actress she is. Lynskey's career began unforgettably in 1994 when she and fellow teen Kate Winslet co-starred in Peter Jackson's unsettling "Heavenly Creatures. " But while Winslet's profile went sky-high three years later when she intoxicated Leonardo DiCaprio in "Titanic," Lynskey's career has been more under the radar.
August 3, 2012 |
Police are looking for a man who they say violently assaulted and robbed an 86-year-old SEPTA passenger in an elevator at the Church Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line last month. The attack was captured on video by a surveillance camera. Around 9 p.m. July 2, according to police, the victim got onto an elevator on the westbound platform at Church Street in Frankford and was followed on by a man who pushed him into the corner of the lift, grabbed him by the throat and went through his pockets, stealing his wallet and $500 cash.
June 18, 2012 |
After 87 years at 400 N. Broad, The Inquirer newsroom is moving to rented space this month in the grand old Strawbridge & Clothier store at Eighth and Market. I don't remember when I started calling the Inquirer Building the Tower of Truth. I don't even recall if it started as a joke, as in the Tower of "Truth. " When I began communications classes at Temple University in 1970, the newspaper was still living down its reputation for vendetta journalism and the blacklisting of liberal politicians, civil rights leaders, and suspect entertainers.
May 25, 2012 |
Whoa! Someone got quite a scare this morning at the Convention Center Parking garage on North Broad Street, between Race and Cherry Streets, in Center City. A black Infiniti, with a driver inside, partially fell down a ground-level car lift before 10 a.m. Andrew Afandor, an employee with the 1st Choice Response Unit tow-truck company, who was there afterward waiting to tow the car away, said he heard this account from garage employees: A garage worker had gotten into the Infiniti G375, which was in front of a closed elevator door.