May 14, 2010 |
Quintessence Theatre Group has big ambitions: "adaptation of epic works of drama and classic literature," and restoring Mount Airy's Sedgwick Theater to its rightful place "as a jewel in Philadelphia's cultural landscape. " The fledgling company embarks on its grand effort with co-founder Alexander Burns directing Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's darkest comedy, and a particularly problematic problem play. At its heart, however, this is still a comedy, complete with all the identity-switching one can expect from such Elizabethan follies.
January 12, 1992 |
I have a cel from "Fantasia" and a dye-transfer print from "Pinocchio. " They were given to me as a child by my uncle, a Disney artist. How can I have them authenticated and appraised? Your uncle gave you quite a gift. While your Pinocchio print is worth under $200, your celluloid image from Fantasia could sell for several thousand dollars, depending on what it depicts and its condition. The cel's value could soar to $20,000 to $50,000 or more if it is complete with its original key- master background - the watercolor drawing on heavy paper used in filming behind the animated characters that were painted on celluloid.
November 6, 1990 |
In Measure for Measure, Shakespeare deals with the issue of controlling public morality through law. The issue is with us still, as the debate over laws regulating abortion attest. Still, Shakespeare's infrequently produced work, which the Philadelphia Area Repertory Theater (PART) is presenting at the Mask and Wig Theater, is a puzzling piece for the contemporary theatergoer. One reason is the draconian terms in which the principal issue is framed: Claudio has gotten Juliet, whom he intends to marry, with child, and the penalty for fornication in the Vienna that Shakespeare imagines is death.
April 5, 2001 |
The crisis at Zany Brainy Inc. is deepening. With the King of Prussia retailer's cash almost gone, a major toy supplier said yesterday that it had halted shipments to Zany Brainy warehouses until the company solved its most pressing problem: finding a willing banker within two weeks. First Union Corp. froze Zany's credit line last month, and raised the interest rate on its outstanding loans, saying Zany was in default. The bank first became troubled after it inventoried the toys in Zany's warehouses, and placed a lower value on them than it had expected.
March 16, 2010 |
State Sen. Anthony Williams got an earful yesterday during the first of many hearings held to discuss a parent-responsibility bill he's pushing in Harrisburg. The hearing for Senate Bill 99, which would punish parents for crimes their kids commit, was held at Boys Latin Charter School, 55th Street near Cedar Avenue. The bill calls for a guardians to serve up to a year in jail if their children are consistently involved with the court system and the parents do nothing to stem the kids' behavior.
October 5, 1986 |
Those who knew Lyle Hutson said he came to Kenya from Oregon with the best of intentions: to spread the gospel and to dig water wells for the country's poor. Until last month, the Kenyan government did not doubt those intentions. It was only when the government discovered what Hutson's Oregon-based missionary group was bringing into Kenya that he and a fellow missionary were jailed on suspicion of subversion. The pellet guns, crossbows and radios brought in by the missionaries became, in the eyes of the government, an "ammunition and arms shipment.
July 5, 1992 |
Protecting collections against thefts during vacations does not require an expensive burglar-alarm system. Some simple and inexpensive measures can foil thieves almost as well. Some collectors like to brag, either about new acquisitions at a bargain price, or a favorable exchange or sale with a dealer. The first anti-theft measure is not to discuss collections in public, not even among friends, because eavesdroppers may be nearby. Family members also should be cautioned not to discuss collections in public.
February 12, 1999 |
"The word is misused a lot, but John [Chaney] is truly a legend. The number of wins, though, is not significant compared to the positive impact he's had on so many youngsters. " - Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams In another era, Harry Litwack was Temple basketball. This generation has John Chaney. Few coaches in America are more identified with a program. Chaney, whose 16-7 team plays at Xavier on Sunday, has won 372 games in 17 seasons on North Broad Street. One more victory and he'll tie Litwack's school record.
February 18, 1986 |
Once a week, members of the Young Marines chapter in Delran Township learn military drill, ceremony and conduct. Designed to instill discipline and wholesome values in youngsters ages 9 to 17, the group is led by Marine veteran Alexander Nozka.