December 12, 2013 |
In order to like or identify with a character, you have to feel sympathy for his plight. Take George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life . Whatever you may think of his stand against the Mr. Potters of the world, the movie hinges on whether an audience indulges his moment of self-pity on the bridge before he jumps. I mention Bailey because I have never felt sympathy for him and because The Story of My Life , now receiving an emotionally potent production at Delaware Theatre Company, borrows heavily from Frank Capra's film, if to ultimately different effect.
November 27, 2013 |
Amos Lee is Philadelphia's finest export when it comes to honeyed, funky folk-soul music. He's been recording albums since 2004 - each better than the last, with this year's Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song continuing the tradition with a grainy, country-blues lean. He's also toured the world both as a headliner and an opener for the likes of Norah Jones and Bob Dylan. So much is well known. Less so is the role friendship plays in the way Lee writes, tours, and forms his bands - especially his longtime friendship and musical blendship with fellow Philadelphian solo artist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Mutlu Onaral.
November 1, 2013 |
Jeff Millman touched many people's lives during a half-century of service to the 76ers. Many of the greatest names in franchise history returned to honor him Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center against the Miami Heat. Among the former Sixers on hand were Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Moses Malone, Billy Cunningham, Bobby Jones, Darryl Dawkins, and Doug Collins. In a pregame ceremony, the Sixers dedicated their locker room to Millman, a longtime equipment manager who had several jobs with the team over the years.
October 7, 2013 |
The Facebook message from the stranger was cryptic: I've been searching for you. I'll understand if you don't want to talk to me. Perhaps it was an old friend, Rhonda Gibson figured as she read and reread it. She messaged back. Gibson was startled to read Latonya McGorder's reply. McGorder said she was the mother of one of 10 people involved in a savage gang beating that left Gibson's surrogate son, Michael Hawkins, bloodied and dead in Camden. McGorder said she was grieving not just for her only son, Lance Fulton, 23, sentenced to a 25-year prison term in the attack, but for the victim as well.
October 2, 2013 |
The second act of the career of comedian Gilda Radner (1946-1989) is longer than the first - and growing. Her legacy continues in Philadelphia. Bunny Bunny , written by quondam Saturday Night Live writer Alan Zweibel, is at Indepedence Studio on 3 at the Walnut Street Theatre through Oct. 27. It's staged by 1812 Productions, long dedicated to the traditions of American comedy. Written in 1997, the play was given its world premiere by the Philadelphia Theatre Company. It celebrates the friendship between Radner - she of the famed "freshman class" of SNL , 1975-1980 - and Zweibel, show writer and fellow freshperson.
September 2, 2013 |
In Closed Circuit , Rebecca Hall goes down a rabbit hole: secret courts, clandestine government agencies, surveillance, spying. The British thriller, in which she and Eric Bana are on the case of a suspected terrorist charged in a London bombing, is one of those ripped-from-the-headines affairs. "At the time, I thought it was on-point and topical, but it seems to be getting more so every day," says Hall, who plays a special advocate appointed to a closed courtroom trial, there to weigh the interests of the accused against those of the state.
August 12, 2013 |
Their bond was formed 35 years ago in a fraternity house on the University of Pennsylvania campus, where the Phi Sigma Kappa creed pledges a brotherhood committed to "faith and purpose. " Today, Herman Mihalich and John Cooper's purpose is to deliver a quality stiff drink. As novice craft distillers of Dad's Hat rye whiskey, they are also reviving a lost art in Pennsylvania, a state heralded on their company's keystone-shaped bottle label as the birthplace of the brown liquid that lost a devoted following during Prohibition.
July 22, 2013
DEAR ABBY: Am I being selfish? My next-door neighbor (who is a friend) knew we had bought an expensive vacuum cleaner last year. She asked if she could try it out on her carpet and I agreed, thinking it would be a one-time favor. I should add that she watches our house and our cat when we're traveling, and we do likewise for her. She recently asked if she could borrow it again, and I didn't know what to say. I didn't want to let her, so I made an excuse that I needed to buy more vacuum bags.
July 19, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I have been living with my girlfriend, "Robin," for four years. She has children from a previous marriage, and I dearly love the children. My problem is I no longer love their mother. There is no passion, no joy together and no partnership. When I suggest ways we could bond together, she says, "I'm too tired," or "I don't want to do that," or "This is the way it is!" I have stayed this long only for the kids, but I'm unhappy to the point of aching. Is there a way to leave a situation like this?
July 12, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: The last few times I have hung out with a friend, she told me I am "cheating" on her when I mentioned that I hung out with other people. She has also said I can't have other friends. She says these things in a joking manner, but it's happened more than once. It makes me uncomfortable because back in the day (prior to therapy!) I was always in the company of controlling people - parents, boyfriends, relatives, siblings. I figured out why I followed the controlling requests and I no longer allow it. When she referred to "cheating," my automatic response was to shut down and get quiet because I felt like I was going to lose it. I hate the way I felt when I was controlled, and I started to feel that way again.