February 25, 2014 |
"It's a waste of time and nothing good will come of it!" Before Thursday night, I would have agreed with that attitude toward an adult who was adopted as a child into a healthy, welcoming family and who late in life decided to seek out his "real" parents. Eric Conger's Beautiful Boy proved me wrong. Now in its world premiere at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, Conger's exquisitely constructed, moving play begins with Bill Moore (Jeff Coon) attending the funeral of the woman who raised him. Recently unemployed, he decides at 49 to find his birth parents, and hopes to discover himself.
August 30, 1990 |
Hatfield police were trying to confirm the identity of a man who was hit and killed Friday night as he walked across Route 309. Officer Robert Turner, who is in charge of the investigation, said he hadn't been able to locate the man's next of kin. The man, believed to be homeless and in his 60s, was wearing dark clothes when he tried to cross the highway near Janes Lane about 9:40 p.m., police said. He was hit by a southbound 1984 Oldsmobile driven by Laurie Abrams, 27, of White Plains, N.Y. Police said Abrams attempted to avoid the man by swerving to the left, but didn't see him in time to avoid hitting him. The man was thrown 35 feet into the air after impact.
March 30, 1986 |
Burlington City police have recovered the body of a man who drowned in the Delaware River two or three months ago, but are still seeking his identity, according to the deputy Burlington County medical examiner. Dr. Nime Tchourumoff said the body was pulled from the river near Burlington Island at about 4 p.m. Friday. He said an autopsy has revealed that the man, who was probably about 30 years old, died of drowning, and had been in the river for two to four months. Tchourumoff, who performed the autopsy, said he was called by police about 3 p.m. Friday, and when he reached the scene at 4:10 p.m., the body was being pulled from the river.
October 3, 1997 |
In Different for Girls, a remarkable sex comedy about love in the age of transgenderism, the old boy-meets-girl plot line gets a twist and a snip. Here Boy No. 1 meets Boy No. 2, Boy No. 2 grows up and gets a sex change, and Boy No. 1 falls for her - although Boy No. 1 worries about his feelings. Do his desires for a post-op transsexual make him gay? Does that make any sense? And what will his mates make of it? With generous amounts of humor and humanity, Different for Girls addresses these and other knotty questions of gender and sexual identity.
March 4, 1988 |
Her name is Vera, but he insists that you call him Bauer. You read that correctly. Biologically speaking, Vera is an 18-year-old young woman. Her sexual identification, however, is male - a choice that unnerves friends and would-be lovers who can't understand why this gentle creature walks with such a macho swagger. Vera is the feature debut of Brazilian filmmaker Sergio Toledo, whose disturbing and provocative film takes a straightforward look at the oblique subject of sexual identity.
October 30, 2006 |
With each and every loss, the Flyers are embarking on new territory and tempting fate. In their entire 40-year history, no Flyers' team has ever started a season 2-8-1. This one, however, is perilously close to doing that. A loss tonight at the Wachovia Center against the Chicago Blackhawks will seal the Flyers' fate as the worst start in club history. The Flyers were dismembered by 8-2 Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have now outscored them, 12-2, in two games.
February 5, 1993 |
The soldier who comes home from war a changed man is a familiar figure in fiction. But what about someone who behaves entirely differently and still claims to be the man who left? The possibilities and ambiguities posed by this intriguing question were explored a decade ago by Gerard Depardieu and Nathalie Baye in the masterful French production The Return of Martin Guerre. Given Hollywood's sorry record for recycling - and usually ruining - foreign-film material, the pessimists among us were dreading the return of Richard Gere in Sommersby.
October 15, 1987 |
In what police believe was a case of mistaken identity, a Darby Township man was shot in the chest during a pickup football game Sunday afternoon in Conway Park on Hook Road. Calvin Bernard Gilbert, 19, of the 1000 block of Pine Street, Darby Township, was shot once in the left side of the chest by a gunman who fled the scene in a 1975 maroon Cadillac. Gilbert was listed in good condition yesterday in Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Fitzgerald Division, after emergency surgery to remove the bullet.
August 11, 2011 |
Police in Whitemarsh Township are trying to determine the identity of a middle-aged woman found floating in the Schuylkill near Conshohocken on Wednesday morning. Officers received a call at 11:25 from people who were rowing and saw the body being carried east by the current, Police Lt. Christopher Ward said. The body came to rest by a dock near Cherry and Washington Streets, where police and rescue workers recovered it, Ward said. He said the body had not been in the water long.
December 27, 1993 |
The new Performing Arts Centre in Toronto opened this fall with a revival of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "Showboat. " The opening was stormy because of a picket line of protesters, who felt the musical denigrated blacks. In October the producers flew in the eminent black American historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., who attempted in a lecture to place the musical in historical context. Some critics responded with indignation at what they saw as a typical display of American imperialism.