December 16, 2015 |
The first rule of storytelling is "know your audience. " At intermission during Quintessence Theatre Group's production of Hansel and Gretel , the child screaming, "They're adding too much" indicates that writer Alexander Burns needs to do a little more market research. Hansel and Gretel spans about seven pages in the Brothers Grimm original. Burns' adaptation stretches that to almost two hours with the addition of several other fairy tales. Though I get the intent - to hold the potentially wandering attention of the young audience - the inclusion of so many stories creates the very problem it's trying to solve.
November 21, 2014 |
Disney Junior's Imagination Movers bring the Reindeer Party to Sesame Place this weekend when the Emmy Award-winning group performs popular songs and holiday favorites. The critically acclaimed band from New Orleans - composed of Rich, Scott, Dave, and Smitty - have performed their songs on national shows including Good Morning America. Imagination Movers perform at 2, 3:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Monster Rock Theater at Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne.
September 6, 2014 |
Most years, a theme emerges from what's being called "Presented Fringe," the hand-picked segment of Philadelphia's FringeArts festival, and "Neighborhood Fringe," the anything-goes assortment of works by local and itinerant arts groups and individuals. Last year's theme - lots and lots of naked bodies - didn't translate so well to family-friendly entertainment. But this year, everything's coming up interdisciplinary, and that's good news for children, who will probably like the concept better if it's presented as a game of connect-the-dots they play with their minds.
February 20, 2013
Last week and total box office in millions. Weeks Per Rank/Title/Studio Last Week Total Out Location 1. Day to Die Hard (20th C. Fox) $25 $37.5 1 $7,036 2. Identity Thief (Universal) 23.4 75.2 2 7,405 3. Safe Haven (Relativity) 21.4 34.0 1 6,649 4. Escape Planet Earth (Weinst.) 16.1 21.0 1 4,886 5. Warm Bodies (Summit) 9.0 51.5 3 3,107 6. Beautiful Creatures (Warner)
January 28, 2013 |
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters threw the weekend competition in the oven, debuting at No. 1, say studio guesses, with $19 million gross. The next nine: Mama , $12.86 mils; Philly-based Silver Linings Playbook , $10 mils; Zero Dark Thirty , $9.8 mils; Parker , weak with $7 mils; Django Unchained , $5 mils; Movie 43 , rancid debut with $5 mils; Gangster Squad , $4.2 mils; Broken City , $4 mils; and Les Misérables ...
October 19, 2012 |
Get in the Halloween spirit at the Philadelphia Zoo on Saturday and Sunday for the annual two-weekend "Boo at the Zoo" celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can come in costume, fill up bags with goodies at candy stations, and play games. At noon a costume parade begins at Bird Lake Plaza. From 11 to 3 on the hour and half hour, hear not-so-spooky stories in the Peco Primate Reserve. Take a walk through the Extinction Graveyard and learn about favorite creatures from the wild that may become extinct in 15 years, such as orangutans, and about others already extinct, like the Tasmanian wolf in 1936.
March 23, 2012
GRIMM. 9 tonight, NBC 10. SILAS WEIR Mitchell doesn't know who wrote the Wikipedia entry that describes him as an "actor known for playing disturbing or unstable characters. " "But I don't disagree with it," he said in a phone interview last week. Before he was Monroe, who practices Pilates to tame his inner Big Bad Wolf in NBC's "Grimm," the Chester County native was probably best known as "Prison Break" convict Charles "Haywire" Patoshik, who had "schizoaffective disorder with bipolar tendencies," and as ex-con Donny Jones on "My Name Is Earl," "who had a very quick temper, sort of a hairtrigger.
September 12, 2008 |
In the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel left a trail of bread crumbs. In Philadelphia, police followed a trail of cartridges - and there, they found the bandit who they say was shot with his own handgun during a carjacking. The saga started in Oxford Circle early Wednesday evening, while it was still light outside. Thomas Greenwald, 23, had stopped at the Hess station on Roosevelt Boulevard near Devereaux Street. Greenwald, who lives in the Northeast, was putting gas into his Mercury Mountaineer when he leaned into the back seat to organize a few things.
December 12, 2007 |
Vocal recitals aren't a huge sell in Philadelphia, but for those who attend them, the sophisticated, wide-reaching program presented Monday by Finnish mezzo-soprano Monica Groop inspired no outward ambivalence - even with the name Schoenberg looming at the end of the program - and enough displays of deserved appreciation that she sang three encores. Unlike recitals that are about communing with a beloved opera star, Groop's program of Schubert, Mahler, Bartok and Schoenberg (presented at the Kimmel Center by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society)