September 28, 2000 |
Like Arms and the Man, which preceded it by three years, G.B. Shaw's 1897 Candida has to do with a woman asked to choose between a pair of suitors. Yet the two plays are substantially different. In Arms, the young woman is a pampered ninny, largely a device to accommodate the conflict between a preening romantic and a gimlet-eyed pragmatist. But in Candida, being revived at the Arden Theatre, the woman is not only the object of the conflict but must define its terms, and this time Shaw presents her no clear choice.
September 13, 1993 |
After blowing out its second straight opponent Friday night, raising its season scoring total to 69 points and its yardage to nearly 850, Downingtown coach John Barr was most excited about his linebackers. Linebackers? "We lost our three starting linebackers to graduation," Barr said after the 28-0 nonleague win over visiting Catholic League champion Archbishop Ryan. "We knew we had good ends, nose guards, tackles and backs, but we needed to get some play out of the linebackers.
January 12, 1992 |
Red-haired, frail and freckled was how the character of Solomon in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle was first imagined. But as soon as Ernie Hudson read Amanda Silver's script, he wanted the part. So what if Hudson has dark hair, is athletic-looking and black? "I got hold of the script by accident," recalls Hudson, best known for his role as Winston Zeddemore in the two Ghostbusters pics. "I told my agent that I had to get in for a reading. It took me two or three weeks to finally get a meeting.
December 13, 1990 |
When Villanova coach Rollie Massimino makes a list of great unsolved mysteries in the Big East, Seton Hall is bound to be near the top. The Pirates, who defeated the Wildcats last night at the duPont Pavilion, 81-77, have run off six consecutive victories over their Main Line foes. Most of those games could have gone either way. But this one ended with Seton Hall players dancing off the floor and Massimino shaking his head about an unexpected problem. The Wildcats (5-2, 0-1)
November 10, 1995 |
Meredith Unger knows the value of hard work. Hard work led to the Haverford College junior's victory in the recent Centennial Conference cross-country championships. But Unger, who will lead the Haverford women's team into the Division III NCAA Mideast Regional tomorrow at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., knows there is a fine line between hard work and an obsession that leads to an eating disorder. Many athletes cross that line, and Unger, a member of Haverford's Eating Disorders Council, tries to help them with their problems.
February 12, 2015 |
The blessing of being a Big Five head coach is that usually you get so many of the benefits of coaching in Philadelphia and so few of the costs. There are the cranky alumni, sure, but there are precious few talk-show callers and hot-take columnists demanding that you be fired. Philadelphia is, first and foremost, a professional sports town, and the sheer number of Division I college basketball teams in the city breaks what would be a large single fan base into factions, none of which feels all that much loyalty, if any at all, to any of its local rivals.
September 28, 2011
There is no NFL protocol for the rest of the body. Get a concussion and, due to the vagaries of the injury and the league's long failure to treat head shots seriously, a player has to pass a series of tests and be cleared by an independent neurologist. Injure your hand, break a rib, tear a ligament, sprain an ankle - do any of those and a player is not only free to play if he can, he is celebrated for his toughness. Playing hurt adds to the mystique, especially for quarterbacks.
April 4, 1997 |
Immediately after the new owners moved in, food mysteriously began to disappear. But the way Ed Ferguson remembers it, it wasn't until several days later that they found out why: The seller had left his pet monkey behind. Fortunately, sellers who leave things behind - or at least things of value - are a rarity. What happens far more frequently is that they take things that they shouldn't. All manner of things, too, like toilet seats, built-in microwaves, light fixtures, sometimes even the shrubs.
October 26, 1991 |
The man leans across the table and asks the question again, as if I had not heard him the first time. "Where is the line?" It is mid-morning and we are sitting over coffee - the West Coast's drug of choice - talking ostensibly about national politics. But the subject gravitates naturally toward sexual politics. He wants to know: "Where is the line?" Ever since Anita Hill's story exploded all over his office, spewing its uneasy debris, he has been searching for an E-Z marker to separate flirtation from harassment, a threshold between attention that is welcome and unwelcome.
November 19, 1995 |
What's a director to do? The movie The Wizard of Oz is perhaps the most seen, most loved, most familiar-to-everyone movie ever made. So if you're Charles Abbott, and you're charged with taking theatergoers off to see the wizard in a musical theater piece, do you imitate the movie or try to be original at every turn? "I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't," Abbott conceded during a break in rehearsals for the show, which previews today and Tuesday and opens Wednesday at the Walnut Street Theatre.