December 6, 1987 |
Twenty-four hours a day, the tacky basement casino at the Lisboa Hotel is elbow to elbow with gamblers who have lost track of night and day. At other hotels it is the same: Gambling is the preoccupation of the place. At some tables the click of chips is the only sound. Sometimes there is the yawning and gossiping of the trim Chinese casino staff, punctuated by shrill cries of glee or consternation from the players. Here, on this tiny crowded jut of land off communist China, there is a place for the wealthy and reckless to play.
October 28, 2005 |
Adrift in Macao is funny in more than one sense of the word. The musical spoof of film noir movies that the Philadelphia Theatre Company is premiering at Plays & Players Theatre is indeed humorous. The book and lyrics by Christopher Durang as presented by this excellent cast are constantly amusing and often, for many in the audience on opening night, laugh-out-loud funny. But Adrift in Macao is also funny in the sense that there is something not quite right about it. The show has a bothersome insubstantial quality.
October 17, 1991 |
Song of the Exile, a haunting and deeply felt work from highly regarded Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui, deals in a very original way with estrangement in a strange land. Among European and American directors, it has become something of a cliche to plunk an innocent down in an alien culture and use his or her experiences as a mirror that reflects badly on the society in question. Hui, whose best- known film is Boat People, takes essentially the same predicament - in an especially abrupt collision of values and customs - and turns it inward instead of outward.
January 23, 1991 |
As a reward for testifying against his traveling companion in a $25 million heroin smuggling case, an electrical engineer from Hong Kong yesterday was given only a three-year prison term by a federal judge in Philadelphia. Tough federal sentencing guidelines called for the defendant, Hin Ping Lo, 40, to be jailed for at least 12 years without chance of parole. But U.S. District Judge Robert S. Gawthrop agreed with federal prosecutors who recommended leniency. Lo's testimony was of the "utmost value" in convicting Tat Man Ho, a reputed member of a Hong Kong crime family, Assistant U.S. Attorney Linwood C. Wright Jr. told the judge.
November 20, 1990 |
Hin Ping Lo, an electrical engineer and export-import man from Hong Kong, swore the 18 pounds of near-pure "China-white" heroin belonged to Tat Man Ho, his traveling companion. Ho, operator of a San Francisco Bay-area Chinese gambling parlor, contended through his attorney that the heroin, possibly the largest batch ever seized in Philadelphia and said to be worth up to $25 million, belonged to Lo. The job of sorting out the finger-pointing rested with a U.S. District Court jury, which, after more than six hours of deliberations, yesterday convicted Ho of conspiracy to possess and possession of the heroin.
January 15, 1994 |
In the mystery novel Trent's Last Case, there is a scene in Simpson's restaurant in London, where Trent asks his companion to speak softly when ordering a glass of milk in that posh place because the head waiter has a weak heart. Let us hope that Americans with hearts as weak as that head waiter's did not notice their government's behavior last week. The Clinton administration faced a crucial decision concerning a Communist regime in Asia: What to do about North Korea making a mockery of treaty obligations, en route to becoming a nuclear power?
August 30, 2007
The Aug. 21 commentary, "Early lesson in bigotry" by Paul Von Blum, suggests that developer William Levitt, having refused to sell homes to blacks, was the reason why there was no diversity in Levittown in 1957. This, in my opinion, is misdirected racism. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) had adopted a racist policy that made it all but impossible for blacks to move into a Levittown development. The FHA's 1934 underwriting manual, used to evaluate communities suitable for mortgage insurance, stated, "if a neighborhood is to retain stability, it is necessary that properties shall continue to be occupied by the same social and racial classes.
January 18, 1986 |
Vladimir Horowitz, one of the century's greatest pianists, announced that he would return to his native Soviet Union for two concerts in the spring, reneging on a promise never to return. "Before I die, I want to see the country in which I was born," Horowitz, 81, said Thursday in New York. "But I didn't want to go home as a tourist. I wanted to play. " His first concert is scheduled April 20 at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater and the second a week later in Leningrad's Shostakovich Hall.
October 24, 2006 |
The man with the most entrances at the Merriam Theater at last night's Barrymore Awards had to be the Arden Theatre Company's producing artistic director, Terrence J. Nolen. Besides making history at the 12th annual Barrymores for being the first to win two directing awards the same night - one for a play, the other for a musical - his oft-honored shows brought him onstage to accept awards with and for colleagues. The Nolen musical was the Arden's realistic look at small-town America, Winesburg, Ohio - nicknamed "the anti-Music Man" - which won five awards, including best musical, music direction by Thomas Murray, leading actor for Brian Hissong, and original music for Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman.
January 28, 1986 |
Sylvester Stallone and Sally Field have been named man and woman of the year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the country's oldest dramatic group. Field, a two-time Oscar winner for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart, will pick up her award Feb. 11 after a parade through the university in Cambridge, Mass. Stallone will get his a week later, before the opening of the club's 138th annual production, Between the Sheiks. Field was cited as "a diverse and talented actress," and Stallone for strengthening "the bond between himself and the American public" with his Rambo character.