July 12, 2016 |
Few farces achieve the status of high art, and Marc Camoletti's Boeing-Boeing is not one of them. But the Hedgerow Theatre's actor-driven production shrugs off any high-minded concerns in pursuit of two-hours of nearly non-stop laughter. In the 1960s, American architect Bernard (Andrew Parcell) lives in Paris, where he juggles relationships with three airline stewardesses. His mild-mannered lothario manages this difficult feat not through charisma but rather by keeping close track of the airline flight schedules and making himself available accordingly.
May 30, 2016 |
Holly Thi Werth was never without words. At weddings, at funerals, at family dinners and raucous parties, she would walk into a room, assess the situation, and say something that cut right to the crux of things. She gave speeches at memorials that made everyone cry and laugh in the same breath. She gave toasts that prompted acquaintances to ask whether she was a stand-up comedian. She made jokes that had half the room gasping in shock, the other half gasping with laughter. Earlier this month, in hospice care, at the end of a long battle with cervical cancer, she found words when no one else could.
May 15, 2016 |
When Mel Brooks introduces one of movies - as he will when he screens Blazing Saddles at the Academy of Music on Saturday, May 21 - he insists on staying for the whole show. Why? He likes to hear people laugh. The event at the Academy of Music will start with Brooks introducing the 1974 comedy western, followed by a screening of the film, and then a lively conversation afterward with Brooks about his life and the movie. Brooks talked about why he wants to watch people watch Blazing Saddles , growing up in Brooklyn, and hanging out with Carl Reiner.
April 12, 2016 |
Christian Tetzlaff is much loved in our town, and his presence Friday night was much missed. But another way of looking at it is that the German violinist, in canceling his recital to be home for the birth of his sixth child, left an opening for something more significant. Benjamin Beilman, who replaced him for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital at the Perelman, is hardly unknown here, having schooled at the Curtis Institute and benefited from the sturdy career guidance of Astral Artists.
December 24, 2015
By Sally Friedman The tree is up in the lobby. This year, it's a sturdy little specimen, complete with glittering golden ornaments on its upper branches. As I wheel her past it - and she strains to see it clearly - I know she longs once again for the gift of speech. She yearns for the simple pleasure of saying to someone, "Oh look! How lovely!" But the stroke has left my old neighbor without voice, without movement, and on her worst days, I sense, without hope in the year of her 87th Christmas.
January 13, 2015 |
IT'S A PICTURE of a group of guys who at one time reported on just about every robbery, rape, murder, major fire and accident fatality in the city. They were the police reporters for the city's three major newspapers. It was taken 54 years ago when they moved from Room 619 in City Hall to the new Police Administration Building (a/k/a "the Roundhouse"). And although the press room was on the Roundhouse's second floor, it was still known as 619. The engraved plaque on the door says so. Ten men are in the picture.
June 23, 2014 |
Geno Merli figures it's about 10 or 15 minutes into the conventional medical school lecture when the cellphones and iPads come out and the texting and Web-surfing start. "They're doing something else while they're listening," says Merli, an internist and codirector of the Vascular Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. It's not that different at medical conventions, he says, which was why the people who run the annual American College of Physicians (ACP) meeting came to Merli and fellow lecturer Howard Weitz seven years ago and said, almost pleadingly, "Be innovative.
March 23, 2014 |
I could easily dismiss Laughter on the 23rd Floor as harmless nostalgia. Neil Simon's 1993 play takes place in 1953, when he and "the finest writing staff in the history of TV" produced the weekly sketches for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows . Simon's semiautobiographical piece, now at Bristol Riverside Theatre, disguises or blends the main players: He renames himself Lucas Brickman (Jason Silverman), Caesar becomes Max Prince (David Edwards), and Mel Brooks turns up as Ira Stone (Ben Lloyd)
October 21, 2013 |
Did he say, "Get your gun"? Or did he say, "Protect your guns"? In a video posted Thursday by Talking Points Memo, Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles, a Republican vying for Democratic State Sen. Jim Whelan's seat in the Second Legislative District, can be heard telling attendees at a meeting of the gun rights group New Jersey Second Amendment Society that "when somebody who's been elected for 30 years, and he comes knocking on your door and...
October 16, 2013 |
Of the clown, Nietzsche remarked, "He alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. " He would have spoken similarly of magicians had he seen the raucous, deeply revelatory Elephant Room , which is inaugurating the FringeArts building on Columbus Avenue. At first glance, Elephant Room plays like a trio of middle-aged, washed-up magic-makers performing in their basement "secret society" in Paterson, N.J. With their long hair, porn-star moustaches, and lounge-lizard attire, and strumming and kicking to '80s power ballads, it would be all too easy to dismiss Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic, and Daryl Hannah (Geoff Sobelle, Steve Cuiffo and Trey Lyford)