March 26, 2016 |
Where to begin? A knockout production of An Octoroon , by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed mightily by Joanna Settle, has just opened at the Wilma Theater. Well, it's not exactly by Jacobs-Jenkins, but rather radically reimagined and adapted from a 19th-century melodrama by Dion Boucicault called The Octoroon . So this is a contemporary play - note the An in the title rather than The - about theater history. Boucicault's play is about slaves on a plantation in the Deep South - this is Tara territory - and is thus about racial injustice (radical in itself, since the original play predates the Emancipation Proclamation)
December 23, 2015 |
The city that loves you back gets a whole lotta lovin' from Roxborough native Michael Ogborn in his new musical, The Three Maries: A Philadelphia Phable . In No Attytude Productions' shamelessly entertaining staging, Ogborn uses a historical event to lovingly spoof our accents, institutions, and traditions. And it's the most phun I've had in a theater all year. Ogborn set his story during the 1926 U.S. Sesquicentennial (that's a 150-year anniversary to youse), when Queen Marie of Romania (Mary Martello)
December 22, 2015 |
VERONA, N.Y. - Bryant Jennings was flat on the canvas for four seconds Saturday night, then pushed himself up onto two wobbly legs. Before referee Dick Pakozdi started the fight again, the Philadelphian looked around to see whether he could find a clock. Jennings wanted to know how much time was left in the seventh round. He wanted to know whether, after being knocked down by a vicious uppercut, he could make it to the bell and still have a chance at beating Luis Ortiz and ascending to the top of the heavyweight division.
November 28, 2015 |
Reprinted from earlier editions.There's a scene early in Creed inside Adrian's, that famous South Philly eatery run by the mumbling restaurateur Rocky Balboa. A young man walks in and eyes the pictures on the wall - photographs of the heavyweight champ's legendary bouts, most notably his epic collisions with Apollo Creed. "Apollo? Yeah, he was great," Rocky says to the stranger, played with a beautiful, burning intensity by Michael B. Jordan. "He was the perfect fighter. Ain't nobody ever better.
November 23, 2015 |
There's a scene early in Creed inside Adrian's, that famous South Philly eatery run by the mumbling restaurateur Rocky Balboa. A young man walks in and eyes the pictures on the wall - photographs of the heavyweight champ's legendary bouts, most notably his epic collisions with Apollo Creed. "Apollo? Yeah, he was great," Rocky says to the stranger, played with a beautiful, burning intensity by Michael B. Jordan. "He was the perfect fighter. Ain't nobody ever better. " "So how'd you beat him?"
October 3, 2015 |
The way Jason Sosa and his trainer, Chino Rivas, see it, Esteban Rodriguez caught a break a little over three years ago. Sosa, from Camden, and Rodriguez were scheduled to go six rounds at 135 pounds on a card in September 2012 at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, but a technicality reduced the fight to four rounds. "We knocked him down in the fourth," Sosa recalled. "I would have finished him off if it went six. " Since that fight, Sosa, (17-1-3, 13 knockouts) has built up a head of steam, recording 12 straight knockouts.
July 24, 2015 |
"SOUTHPAW" is about a white boxer named Hope, played by Jake Gyllenhaal - you can call him a Great White Hope, or, with his ripped torso, the abdominal snowman. Given the character's loaded name, you keep waiting for race to be an issue in "Southpaw," but it never is - instead, this story of a white champ, his black trainer (Forest Whitaker) and Latino adversary (Victor Ortiz) takes its This Is What America Looks Like in the 21st Century cast and applies them to a screenplay leftover from the 1930s.
May 4, 2015 |
Kellie Woll administered a few squirts of clear liquid to a dish full of wriggling tadpoles and within minutes, the creatures became completely still. A few minutes after that, they started to move again. No surprise, as the liquid contained propofol, a widely used anesthetic. With it and most other anesthetics, however, there is not much difference between the amount needed to put someone to sleep and the amount that will knock one out permanently. Woll works in the University of Pennsylvania lab of Roderic G. Eckenhoff, who is on a long-term quest for better alternatives.
August 12, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Danny Garcia stood in the center of his locker room as his manager snipped away the fighter's white wrappings, freeing the fists that dealt one of the most potent knockouts of his career. Saturday's second-round knockout at the Barclays Center was Garcia's shortest fight in three years. He earned $700,000 for dispatching heavy underdog Rod Salka in 4 minutes, 30 seconds. The final flurry was a righthanded body shot matched with a blindsided left hook. The referee ended the nontitle fight immediately and medics rushed into the ring as Salka lay flat on his back.
July 2, 2014 |
U.S. NATIONAL team coach Jurgen Klinsmann took some heat when he made the honest assessment that it was not reasonable to think the USA could win the 2014 World Cup. But that was before the tournament started and his squad faced the daunting task of moving out of a "Group of Death" that included Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Klinsmann, however, also said that once a team gets to the knockout stage of the competition, anything can happen. The United States is in the Round of 16. It finished second to Germany to move out of Group G, and today will play Group H winner Belgium in the last match for a spot into the quarterfinals.