March 16, 2001 |
SEBASTIANO "SAM" Braccia and Anthony "Tony" Watson were unlikely friends. Braccia, 64, silver-maned and stocky, speaks slowly and with a heavy accent. He made millions building houses and shopping centers in Montgomery County after emigrating more than 30 years ago from Abruzzi in central Italy. He seems to take his wealth in stride. He drives a pickup truck and wears an inexpensive Timex watch. Watson, 33, silver-necklaced and tall, speaks rapidly and with a lisp, his speech at times seeming to outrace his thoughts.
May 25, 2007 |
The clever set (by Jorge Cousineau) is a gigantic old-fashioned composition book, with the play's title, The Four of Us, and the playwright's name, Itamar Moses, scrawled on its cover. Each page holds the setting for a scene; a stagehand comes out and turns the pages. This turns out to be more significant that we know: 1812 Production's East Coast premiere is not only funny and moving, it's surprising. Moses is a young playwright who already has established a reputation as a smarty-pants with Outrage and Bach at Leipzig.
April 16, 2004 |
Director Elia Kazan and playwright Arthur Miller were colleagues, friends and titans of 20th-century theater. With plays such as Death of a Salesman (which Kazan directed and Miller wrote), they redefined American drama, bringing heat and realism to the stage. But then came the Cold War and Kazan's cooperation with the House Un-American Activities Committee. While Kazan named names of Communist Party members, Miller refused to cooperate and didn't speak to Kazan for a decade. This created difficulties for their intimates, among them Miller's wife Marilyn Monroe, who had once been Kazan's mistress.
December 14, 2001 |
Laura Linney knows how to pick them. A best-actress nominee for last year's You Can Count on Me, Linney can again be found in an uncharacteristically human-scale (i.e., real people in real relationships) picture. Maze, which has been directed by and costars Rob Morrow (TV's Northern Exposure, Robert Redford's Quiz Show), is a story about friendship that turns to love, about an artist who loses himself in his work (and uses his work to hide from the outside world), and about the sorts of intimate connections that make living worthwhile.
February 9, 1997 |
Watching the Archbishop Carroll High School girls' basketball team play St. Maria Goretti High School, Alexis Clugh 14, and Jessica Teman, 16, chatted away like two old friends. As usual, their conversation on Tuesday centered on teenage concerns - hair, shopping and movies. It's the kind of casual relationship the girls expected when they joined Best Buddies International, a nonprofit organization that pairs people with mental retardation with a nonretarded friend. "We talk on the phone together, go out for pizza, visit each other's homes.
April 2, 1987 |
Chaela McCormick and Kyoko Shimokobe have been writing letters and exchanging pictures of themselves for the last year and a half. Chaela has written that she is 10 years old, plays the violin and does gymnastics. Kyoko has stated that she is 12, plays the piano and enjoys tennis. And although Chaela lives in Drexel Hill and Kyoko comes from Kure City, Japan, the two girls finally got to meet each other Friday, at the Walden School. Kyoko and her 12-year-old friend Yoko Niimi traveled to Delaware County with teacher Hiroshi Iwasa in order to spend a week touring the area and visiting some of the children with whom they had corresponded for more than a year.
September 8, 2011 |
COLOGNE, Germany - When the Philadelphia Orchestra tours Europe, certain things inevitably happen. Conductor laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch always receives either a visit at his home in Grassau, Bavaria, or a missive. (This year, due to recent medical issues, it was an 88th-birthday card.) And there's always a war-buddy reunion between the orchestra's oldest performing member, Jerome Wigler, 91, and Jean-Paul Mally, 84. The men met during the liberation of Paris in 1944. Wigler, a medic, was warming himself at a fire on a cold night and whistled the first phrase of a Beethoven string quartet.
June 3, 2011 |
Question: I've known my best friend, "Hal," since high school. We're in our late 30s now, and I don't have another male friend with whom I have been as close. We considered ourselves as close as brothers. But over the past 5 to 10 years, so much distance has developed between us that I feel like calling him my best friend says more about the void in my social life than our relationship. When he writes me an increasingly infrequent, brief "update" e-mail, he often cites how busy he is with work and family as an excuse for not writing or calling.
March 31, 1991 |
With a lifetime of adventure ahead of them, Helen Pearlman and Eleanor Aarons strode off on different paths as so many young men and women from Germantown High School did in 1923. Sixty-eight years later, with a lifetime of memories behind them, their paths merged at the Ambler Rest Center in Ambler. In a place where people come to die, a friendship was born. "This is a wonderful life," said Eleanor, whose last name changed to Klein when she married Julius Klein at the age of 16 in 1922.
December 13, 1990 |
At 90 pounds, Mary Beth Genero is no weakling. She holds 12 state, regional and national weightlifting records, and can dead-lift more than three times her body weight. "A lot of men can't even do that," said Genaro, 26, of Coatesville, who returned recently from the Soviet Union, where she spent a week powerlifting for peace. "The motto was Peace Through Sports," Genero said of the first Soviet/ American powerlifting competition. "It was a friendship thing. " The event turned out to be a meeting that even George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev would approve of - a Rocky-like, brawn-vs.