August 14, 2016 |
A great dress has pockets. But when it also boasts a button-down bodice, a belted waist, and a collar - Peter Pan or Chelsea - it gets elevated to pure, off-the-rack confection. The trendlet The shirtwaist dress, and all its menswear-inspired extras, is both cubicle and cocktail chic this summer, whether paired with flats, pumps, or white-soled sneaks. Where does it come from? Shirtwaist dresses go back to the post-Civil War era, when working women began wearing simple, cotton button-down blouses modeled after men's dress shirts.
April 5, 2015 |
Lucy, the scary version Residents of Celoron, N.Y., are proud TV and film icon Lucille Ball was born in their town. They love her. Dearly. What they don't love so much is a statue of Lucy by artist Dave Poulin that was erected in town in 2009. It's not just that the comedian looks like a demented serial killer. The face is all wrong - the eyes big and monstrous, the teeth threatening and prominent, the hair kind of masculine. Concerned citizens have spent six years trying to persuade town leaders to redo the piece or get rid of it. Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost tells the Post-Journal in Jamestown, N.Y., he doesn't want to waste any more taxpayer money on the statue.
December 20, 2013
BRAVERY IS one of the greatest attributes an actor can claim. Playing a reviled person (e.g. Kevin Bacon as the ex-con child molester in "The Woodsman") is generally hailed within the show-business community. But Thursday at the Merriam Theater, Philadelphians will get a glimpse of true theatrical valor when "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" opens a four-night run. From here, it seems portraying Lucy Ricardo - arguably the most beloved and iconic female character of all time in any medium - is a no-win proposition.
February 21, 2013 |
HAD JENNIFER CHILDS' youthful dreams materialized, she'd have been a leading light in the Royal Shakespeare Company. But had she worn the crowns of such characters as Anne Boleyn or Isabelle, wife of Richard II, in Stratford-on-Avon and London, she never would have achieved her exalted status as Philadelphia's Queen of Comedy. For more than a decade, the 44-year-old strawberry-blonde has reigned as local theater's answer to Carol Burnett or Lucille Ball - a gifted performer who'd rather take a pie in the face than rip your heart out with a sober soliloquy.
September 30, 2011
Theater 1812 Productions: Mistakes Were Made Philadelphia premiere featuring Scott Greer. Closes 10/30. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; 215-592-9560. 1812productions.org. $20. A Play, a Pie & a Pint See several one-act plays from U.S. & U.K. playwrights while enjoying a slice of pie & a drink. Closes 10/26. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St. $15. All Hands on Deck! Four performers & a backing orchestra present a lively mix of popular & patriotic '40s tunes & comedy bits.
September 26, 2011 |
* 2 BROKE GIRLS. 8:30 tonight, CBS3. IT'S WEIRD to think a television show that includes the line "This is the sound that dries up my vagina" within the first five minutes could be considered retro, but that's exactly what "2 Broke Girls" is. Unlike the mockumentary sitcom style of "Modern Family" or "The Office," "2 broke Girls" shoots in front of a live studio audience with multiple cameras. To Beth Behrs, who plays the riches-to-rags Caroline, the familiar sounds of real people laughing at the jokes reminds her of the shows she used to love, like "Friends" and "Will and Grace.
August 6, 2011
Happy birthday, Lucille Ball: Looking good at 100 From Carrie Rickey's "Flickgrrl" http://www.philly.com/flickgrrl Lucille Ball, the long-stemmed looker born Aug. 6, 1911, came to Hollywood when she was 22. For two decades, mostly at RKO Pictures, she was cast as dime-a-dance dames, b-girls, and burlesque queens, ever the wisecracker, never the star. But she had the last laugh. In the early 1950s, the studios lived in dread of television, refusing to sell their old films for broadcast or permit their stars to appear on the small screen.
April 22, 2011
Madelyn Pugh Davis, 90, who with her writing partners for the classic sitcom I Love Lucy concocted zany scenes in which the harebrained Lucy dangles from a hotel balcony, poses as a sculpture, or stomps and wrestles in a vat full of grapes, died Wednesday at her home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. Clever turns of phrase were not grist for the comedy mill that Ms. Davis, along with Bob Carroll Jr. and the producer Jess Oppenheimer, began running out of a studio back office in 1951.
August 13, 2005 |
The dead are still quite entertaining. Thus, Lucille Ball has been declared the most beloved star beneath the grass, the Associated Press says. Though they've gone to meet their maker and their earthworm, to paraphrase writer Robert Penn Warren (also deceased), dead stars are still popular, according to Marketing Evaluations Inc., which conducted a survey measuring the reputations of entertainers who have floated beyond the River Styx. Other favorite coffin jockeys include Bob Hope, John Wayne and Red Skelton.
November 11, 2001 |
Desi Arnaz Jr. has got some 'splainin' to do. The generally warm and amusing I Love Lucy tribute that he and his sister produced for CBS seems to trail off into deep sap for a few minutes about three-quarters of the way through. Backed by Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, he and Lucie sit there on I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special, airing tonight at 9, singing "Patria," a song about the glories of homeland that seems over the top even in this show. "This is very powerful for me because of Dad's feelings of how much he loved this country and how he impressed that upon me: not to take the freedoms of this country for granted," Desi Jr. said in an interview.