July 21, 2016
By Taylor Hosking There appears to be at least one area of agreement between activists and some law enforcement leaders: community policing, where building relationships and regular positive interactions with the community are central to police work. Every day, behind gymnasium doors in Philadelphia, there are sanctuaries of trust between children and officers that quietly defy the us-vs.-them narrative. In Kensington, a refreshing wave of familiar sounds - basketballs on linoleum and kids yelling - breaks through the doorway of the Police Athletic League Lighthouse Community Center.
June 27, 2016 |
This year, InterAct Theatre Company moved into the Drake, a towering Art Deco-Spanish baroque apartment building in Center City. It is an enormous upgrade, in more ways than one, from its former low-slung quarters at the Adrienne Theater on Sansom Street, which lacked heat in the lobby and a few other notable amenities (like comfy seats). It seems to be a hit: InterAct estimates that 11,000 people have come through its new space since it opened at the beginning of the year. The 30-story skyscraper's old ballroom was transformed into two stages, which, along with the offices and gender-neutral bathrooms, cover 8,500 square feet combined.
June 14, 2016 |
Joseph is a lovable 7-year-old who enjoys being cuddled, spoken to, sung to, and held. He responds well to musical toys and contrasting colors. Joseph benefits from being with other children. He does not get upset easily, but when he does, he can quickly be calmed or redirected. Joseph is slowly learning to speak. Nonambulatory, Joseph requires the assistance of his wheelchair, leg braces, hand splints, and body jacket to help him maintain his posture and standing abilities. Although his main source of nutrition is through a tube, he does receive some oral feeding, as well.
June 4, 2016 |
I suppose it's inevitable a play called Straight White Men will be controversial, and I also suppose that's exactly what InterAct Theatre Company wants. They have never shied away from difficult topics (their last production, Jennifer Haley's The Nether , visited a world of MMORPG pedophiliac future-sex), and playwright Young Jean Lee is an identity provocateur of the first order. The irony here is Straight White Men is probably Lee's least provocative work, a naturalistic living-room drama about a widowed father and his three struggling sons.
April 9, 2016 |
The sounds of wood slamming against wood, of wheels sliding over a ramp, and of sudden crash landings echoed around the white walls of Drexel University's Pearlstein Gallery on Tuesday. Yet no one seemed alarmed. "They're shredding in there," said Ed Solego, a former pro-skateboarder-turned-skate-shop-owner-and-videographer. For the next eight weeks, the space will be transformed from a traditional art gallery into an interactive, pop-up skate park called Philly Radness, set against a projected backdrop that fluctuates in response to the skaters' movements and to the noises they make as they roll and clatter around the space.
January 30, 2016 |
Massacres erupt from San Diego to Paris. Archaeologists recently announced the discovery in Kenya of human remains from a prehistoric tribe that met a brutal end about 10,000 years ago. And then there's Syria and Ukraine. Is deadly violence simply basic to human DNA? Are we all just sharks on land? So it would seem, judging from the undermotivated widespread carnage in the enterprising, entertaining - but not quite fully thought-out - Kristoffer Diaz play #therevolution , presented by InterAct Theatre, in which two giggly lesbian millennials have murdered enough people that they now rule the world.
October 10, 2015 |
This is the season to dress up and be somebody, at such pop-up Halloween haunted houses as "Terror Behind the Walls" at Fairmount's Eastern State Penitentiary and such "room escape" adventures as "Trapped in a Room with a Zombie" in East Falls. Now there's a kinder, gentler, and new option that opened last month on South Philadelphia's East Passyunk Avenue commercial strip. A clock-ticking, cooperative play challenge that lets you dress like Ferris Bueller, Rocky Balboa, or the gang from Sixteen Candles.
September 19, 2015 |
The National Constitution Center launched an educational revolution Thursday - a new, digital way of teaching the founding document on the 228th anniversary of its signing in Philadelphia. The center worked with the College Board - the nonprofit organization that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement courses in high schools - to develop an online interactive Constitution, allowing students to explore the history of amendments as well as the contemporary debates about constitutional issues.
June 10, 2015 |
AT FIRST, the commotion in front of the old police district's front walls attracted some stares. Then drivers pulled over and started taking pictures with their phones. Some marched up to police officers who were standing around and peppered them with questions. And then the damnedest thing happened: People started smiling. Laughing. Might even have done a little clapping, too. Velvet ropes, a red carpet and balloons hugged the entrance to Olney's 35th District headquarters — in honor of a movie night for dozens of excited local kids.
April 13, 2015 |
Local arts watchers had to wonder why InterAct Theatre's hands-on boss, producing artistic director Seth Rozin, wasn't directing, or including any of his own plays, in much of his company's 2014-15 season. Few realized that by April, Rozin would be announcing not only that InterAct was leaving its longtime home at the Adrienne Theater but also that it was leading four other theater organizations into a new space in the old Drake Hotel ballroom in September. "Truthfully, when we selected this season, we didn't exactly know we'd be spending the year in lease negotiations, design meetings, and fund-raising mode for a new home," Rozin said April 1, the day he announced the Drake deal.