September 28, 2013 |
Long before the Manic Pixie Dream Girl - that flighty, unstable film and television trope beloved by sensitive young men, reviled by feminists - had a name, Saturday Night Live comedy writer Alan Zweibel had Gilda Radner. After the comedian's death from ovarian cancer at age 42 in 1989, Zweibel wrote Bunny Bunny , a memoir of their almost-relationship and long friendship, and later adapted it for the stage. The show premiered at Philadelphia Theatre Company in 1997. But with this more intimate revival, 1812 Productions - a company helmed by Jennifer Childs, another very funny woman - makes a better fit. Zweibel's script has some issues.
June 2, 2012 |
Suitcases were piled high behind Jim Stewart's desk in the president's office at Malvern Preparatory School the other day — an apt metaphor, even if they had nothing to do with his departure from the Main Line campus later this month after a memorable 42-year career as a teacher, coach, and administrator. Instead, the luggage was for one final learning adventure with Malvern Prep students in a remote corner of the Peruvian desert 3,500 miles away — the fourth time Stewart has taken high school students there to connect with Villanova University students on a volunteer mission.
July 3, 2011 |
Tom Hanks looks darn good for 55. He also looks darn good for Tom Hanks. Slimmer than in recent years. Sunnier than Robert Langdon, the oddly coiffed symbologist/sleuth he played in The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Sharper-dressed, too, in a midnight-blue blazer, black shirt, and Levi's. And why not? In Larry Crowne, which opened Friday, Hanks plays the guy who first loses his job and then his house, enrolls in community college, gets a makeover from the second-cutest female on campus, and dates the cutest one, a speech teacher played by Julia Roberts.
May 29, 2011 |
I can't prove it, but I'm almost certain there has never been a political memoir before that contains both juvenile fart jokes and enlightened admissions about mental illness ravaging a family. Then again, there has probably never been a politician like New Jersey's Richard J. "Dick" Codey, who dreamed of calling his book McGreevey's Gay and I'm the New Governor , but ultimately ceded creative ground to publishing pros who preferred Me, Governor? My Life in the Rough-and-Tumble World of New Jersey Politics . The book, written with my former colleague Stephen Seplow, features a cover photo of a shrugging Codey wearing tan chinos, a snug-around-the-belly button-down, and a navy blazer.
May 17, 2011 |
He took on public unions early in his term in a way his predecessors didn't or wouldn't. He quickly found himself on national magazine covers and morning shows, with politicos speculating that he would achieve higher office after saving his government from fiscal collapse. He looked like an Everyman and he spoke like an Everyman. Even though his mouth sometimes got him into trouble, he didn't stop using it. And in between the politicking and pontificating, he somehow found time to host sports talk shows.
January 14, 2011 |
Comedies about infidelity, or perceived infidelity, or thwarted infidelity, have been a staple of moviedom from the silent-screen era to the last two dozen Judd Apatow ripoffs. What distinguishes The Dilemma in this genre is its resounding unfunnyness, its emotional dishonesty, and the general unlikability of its cast of characters. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as best buds and business partners, The Dilemma begins over a dinner between friends: Ronny (Vaughn)
December 24, 2010 |
The iconic image of Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift's book, the myriad illustrated versions, and all the subsequent movies and cartoons - is the one with the giant man splayed on the beach, strapped down by hundreds of tiny ropes, and tiny soldiers clambering furiously over his body. That scene is restaged early in the latest Gulliver's Travels , with Jack Black, fresh from 21st-century Manhattan but tossed ashore on Lilliput, flat on his back, his Converse All-Stars aiming skyward.
November 16, 2010 |
In ancient Athens 2,409 years ago, Socrates stood trial for, essentially, being a philospher, and for teaching the youth under his wing to ask questions. I doubt that he had a bunch of jurors as annoyingly responsive as the ones on the soundtrack that plays throughout Plato's Apology: The Trial of Socrates , a Quintessence Theatre production at Mount Airy's Sedgwick Theater. But he would have been lucky to have the stage persona of the production's Socrates, Sam Tsoutsouvas.
November 15, 2010 |
Most people, if they were set to turn 88 next month, would be content to have good physical health and their mental faculties intact. However, Stan Lee has proven yet again that he is not most people. He remarkably, continues to produce exceptional work in the comic field. He also continues to break industry records. It was recently announced by BOOM! Studios that the latest creation with his fingerprints, "Stan Lee's Soldier Zero ," has sold over 24,000 copies so far, BOOM!
October 16, 2010 |
Over the last two springs, Aaron Walker was the talk of Public League track. Not so much for what he did while sprinting, though he was certainly respectable. The buzz mostly focused on the position he played in football. Sprinter equals halfback, right? Or wideout. Or kick returner. Would you believe guard? "That caused a lot of confusion," Walker said. "Nobody could believe it. I remember talking [to a coach] and he was saying, 'I hear you play football.' When we got to talking about my position and I said I played guard, he was going, 'Are you serious ?