June 22, 2016 |
As a unit, composer Tom Kitt, lyricist/librettist Brian Yorkey, director Michael Greif, and producer David Stone do not make run-of-the-mill, feel-good musicals. Next to Normal is their Pulitzer- and Tony-winning chamber ensemble work on bipolar disorder. And the tender If/Then - which comes in a national tour to the Academy of Music on June 21-26 - is a Paul Simon-meets-Stephen-Sondheim orchestrated tale of one woman's parallel lives. This creative quartet takes a complex but successful road to the Broadway musical.
October 22, 2015 |
Like George Orwell in 1945, we live in a democracy tarnished by political intolerance. No English publisher wanted to issue Animal Farm in 1944, in large part because of how it depicted the (then-ally) Soviet Union. Today, people face public shame, lose jobs or businesses, or endure ostracism because of how they vote, what they hang on their walls, what attitudes they express on blogs, whom they've given money to, or whether they clap sincerely enough at an awards banquet. Despite Orwell's intent to satirize, decade by decade, each stage in Russia's history from 1917 to 1945, Animal Farm prevailed on a longer timeline because it conveyed the emergence of dictatorship and control from noble origins that sought equality and freedom.
January 16, 2015 |
IN THE FIFTH of a nationwide series of roundtable discussions aimed at improving police-community relations, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met in Philadelphia yesterday with local law-enforcement leaders and community members. During a brief introduction before Holder's "Building Communities of Trust Tour" forum - a closed-door discussion - Holder, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane David Memeger, Mayor Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey spelled out the goal of the discussions and of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
October 9, 2014 |
IF WHAT happened Monday with the School Reform Commission's decision to break its teachers contract feels like deja vu, the feeling is not entirely misplaced. It's easy to find several parallels between the actions of SRC Chairman Bill Green and those of his father, former Mayor Bill Green III, who oversaw the biggest teacher strike in Philadelphia history in 1981. First, some background: In September 1981, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers went on strike for 50 days over a promised 10 percent pay raise that never materialized.
August 31, 2013 |
As violence has risen to new heights in Trenton this year, with a record 32d homicide Thursday, the city has drawn comparisons to Camden. But Gov. Christie's suggestion to look to Camden for a solution - replacing the capital's police force with a county force, as Camden did - again met with resistance Thursday. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D., Trenton) wrote to acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman, asking that a State Police surge - slated to end in a week or so - remain in place in the city.
July 1, 2013
By Cristina García Scribner. 235 pp. $25 Reviewed by Luis A. Gómez The tyrant is now in the sunset of his life, riddled by infirmities and bitter about a revolution disintegrating in front of his eyes. The many attempts against his life and the crumbling of the facade he struggled to maintain for more than 50 years have resulted in paranoia ("in any given twenty-four hours, somebody, somewhere, was plotting to kill him"). He was always an impulsive man, but now he lashes out at everything and everyone around him, including his brother Fernando, a perpetual lackey of the tyrant whom, in his paranoia, he has occasionally suspected of potential "counterrevolutionary thinking.
April 29, 2013
When Jimmy Johnson ran his first few NFL drafts, he used his institutional knowledge of the college game to select the building blocks for Cowboys teams that eventually won back-to-back Super Bowls. The league has changed significantly in the 25-plus years since Johnson made the jump to the NFL, and Chip Kelly is a long way from being mentioned in the same breath. But there are parallels between how the new Eagles coach and former Dallas coach approached their first drafts. Heading into the process, Kelly said he did not do any research on how successful college-to-NFL coaches such as Johnson approached the draft.
April 12, 2013 |
Set in 1960s Japan as the country prepares to host the 18th summer Olympics, From Up on Poppy Hill is a gentle, meditative animated feature from Studio Ghibli, the animation house founded by Hayao Miyazaki. The master cartoonist wrote the screenplay and oversaw the project. His son, Goro Miyazaki, directs. It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the Miyazakis - Kiki's Delivery Service , My Neighbor Totoro , Spirited Away - that the central character in this playfully wistful (or wistfully playful)
December 6, 2012 |
The last time Andy Reid handed over his offense to a rookie quarterback, it was part of a carefully designed plan to develop Donovan McNabb into a franchise quarterback. That isn't the case as Nick Foles takes his place at the top of the depth chart. Nothing about the Eagles looks carefully designed. They have lost eight games in a row and Reid is very likely in his final season - not his first. It is not an ideal environment for a rookie quarterback. That is why Foles' fellow 2012 draftees - especially Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson - have been handled delicately by their coaching staffs.
April 10, 2012 |
Jacqueline Pardue Goldfinger's new play Slip/Shot, which begins previews Tuesday night, tells the story of a black 17-year-old in Florida, Monroe, who leaves his girlfriend's house one night and, on his way home, is shot and killed by a white security guard. The local sheriff declines to charge the man and closes the case. Goldfinger set her play in 1962, a time of transition in Tallahassee, when Florida State University first admitted black students. But it turns out - as the Flashpoint Theatre Company's cast and crew were jolted into realizing on the day of the first rehearsal - Slip/Shot could just as easily have been set in 2012.