September 15, 2012
A review of Love Story at the Walnut Street Theatre in Friday's Weekend section attributed the musical to the wrong writers. The book and lyrics are by Stephen Clark and the music is by Howard Goodall. Also, a middle initial was incorrect for one of the actors. He is Paul L. Nolan. A preview for a concert by Bon Iver and Anaïs Mitchell gave incorrect information. They play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
September 15, 2012 |
I now write in defense of beautifully staged, meticulously lighted, handsomely dressed, genuinely acted, and shrewdly contrived soppiness. I make no apologies. You'll either detest the new musical Love Story , which has all that and more at the Walnut Street Theatre, or you'll give yourself over to stunning manipulation. You may regret it later - you've been played like a soulful cello by a cast of Yo-Yo Mas - but while you're being sucked in you'll be fully in the moment. That's what happened to me. In retrospect, it happened against all odds, in a show that has so much kissing, I wonder about the production's ChapStick bill; that's a stretch at 100 intermissionless minutes; that offers stereotyped characters cut from cardboard; that - like the book it came from - is a jarring mixture of glib repartee, lovey mush, and, finally, overwhelming sadness.
June 29, 2012 |
"I'LL HAVE what she's having. " That line is one of the most iconic in film history, and it's delivered in "When Harry Met Sally," right after Meg Ryan's Sally demonstrates that, yes, women do, in fact, fake orgasms. It's spoken by director Rob Reiner's mother, Estelle, and it was written by Nora Ephron, who passed away on Tuesday from acute myeloid leukemia. Pound for pound, "When Harry Met Sally" is one of the best romantic comedies of all time, complete with a meet-cute, a will-they-or-won't-they and an epic speech at end as Billy Crystal's Harry declares his love for his best friend, Sally (Ryan)
June 7, 2012
Love letters that Jerry Sandusky purportedly wrote to one of his accusers are among the evidence that will be presented at his child sex-abuse trial starting next week, ABC News reported Tuesday. Citing an unnamed source who called the letters "creepy," the network said the letters were written to a now-28-year-old man identified as Victim 4. One is written in the third person. Another describes a love story between a man and a boy, the network reported. Prosecutors allege Sandusky took the boy on several trips with the Pennsylvania State University football team and listed him among his traveling party at the 1998 Outback Bowl and the 1999 Alamo Bowl.
June 1, 2012 |
Remember Mort Levy? The naturalist, karate man, former kitty-litter tester, and English prof who was so particular about words that he crafted his own obit to match his singular life — only to have us run the wrong picture when he died? My column in September was part reparation, part appreciation of a maverick spirit. Who wouldn't be charmed by a man who asked mourners to celebrate his passing "by hugging a child, helping a stranger, or remembering to say ‘I love you' to someone special," then threatened to return to this world as a hawk?
April 20, 2012 |
Is Washed Out just a darling of the blogs? No. The hip-cult music bloggerati surely adore them, but that's not why this Atlanta band is a success. It comes down to this: Their music is an accompaniment to the love story of the mind. Yes, Ernest Greene — the band's tentative crooning singer, composer, and keyboardist — did indeed make his initial electronic singles, epic yet intimate, into online and downloadable favorites. He's credited with being a leading voice in what's labeled "chillwave.
April 6, 2012
Theater Carousel The story of a summer romance that leads to hardship & heartache. Closes 4/22. Villanova University - Vasey Hall, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova; 610-519-7474. $23-$25. Crowns A woman moves in with her Southern aunt & is introduced to the role hats play in the local culture. Closes 4/29. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $35. Curse of the Starving Class Dark comedy about a farm family dealing with financial ruin & ruthless debt collectors.
March 30, 2012 |
Theater Professional/semi-professional A Reptile Dysfunction Musical comedy. Closes 3/30. The Mask and Wig Club, 310 S Quince St.; Box Office: 215-586-3729. $30; $15 students. Azuka Theatre: Hope Street & Other Lonely Places Five Philadelphians united in loss & love search for answers in the big city. Closes 4/1. First Baptist Church, 123 S. 17th St.; 215-733-0255. www.azukatheatre.org. $22-$27. Brat Productions: Let's Start a War Satirical punk-themed cabaret show about a cocktail party where the kitchen staff are plotting to overthrow the rich.
March 30, 2012 |
Shakespeare's plays contain lyrics or references to more than 100 songs. Today, the Bard no doubt would have written Twelfth Night as a musical. That's the sense given by Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's enchanting production. From its first line - "If music be the food of love, play on" - Fabian Obispo's original music accentuates the melancholic theme in a duke's rejoinder to a fool's question: "Would you rather have a love song or a song of good life?" "A love song. I care not for good life.
February 17, 2012
FOR ONE, brief shining moment, we Catholics found common ground. It was as solid as the thinnest layer of spring ice, but it was still real. And then, with one carefully-crafted "compromise," President Obama sent us flying back to our separate corners to glare at our enemy siblings. That might sound a bit melodramatic for those who have no understanding of what it means to grow up in the Church of Rome. The only other group of "religionists" who make such a big deal about their heritage are the Jews, and even they have ethnicity to bind them together beyond the dogma.