May 23, 2001 |
Early in Book of Days, the Lanford Wilson play on view through June 17 at the People's Light & Theatre Company, the central character seeks the definition of crapulous - which, by evening's end, seems a not inappropriate term for the play itself. No, it doesn't mean what it sounds like, although in this instance I wouldn't argue if you wanted to apply it that way. It means, loosely, "overstuffed," and Book of Days is decidedly that. The People's Light production, I should note, is one of its best; seldom has so much first-rate work been squandered on such a muddled play.
May 1, 1986 |
The protesters - the men from Del-AWARE, the women from the Clean Energy Collective, the concerned parents - all had been there before to express opposition to Philadelphia Electric Co.'s Limerick nuclear power plant. But yesterday, at the meeting of the Bucks County commissioners, their pleas became more impassioned, spoken with an urgency brought on by the Soviet nuclear reactor that was reported burning out of control in Chernobyl. "We are not going to stand here as American citizens and be annihilated," said Mary Bye, a member of the Clean Energy Collective in central Bucks County.
December 15, 1995 |
Very slowly, the mainstream press is beginning to awaken from its long hibernation on events and actions collectively known as, but by no means limited to, Whitewater. As the public begins to learn more about what the Clintons and their cronies did and when, highly combustible words have started to creep into news accounts and editorials: "stonewalling," "cover-up," and a pair that gained potency in the days of Richard Nixon and the Watergate cover-up: "executive privilege. " The White House has now formally rejected efforts by the Senate panel to obtain subpoenaed records of notes taken by then-White House counsel William Kennedy III during a Nov. 5, 1993, meeting at which Whitewater was apparently the main topic.
August 18, 1995 |
By now, most of the nation knows the sort of cad that Sen. Robert Packwood is. He goes around kissing women. On the lips. Wet kisses, some of them say. And sometimes he sticks out his tongue. Every few weeks a new victim comes forward with new disclosures of how Packwood - lips puckered and tongue twitching - gave her a smooch. Many of these kisses were planted years ago. But the victims remained silent until others came forward to tell of their shock and humiliation.
December 4, 1986 |
They have been through the ritual so many times that it's comparable to a pre-game pep talk. "I'll pick up the phone Saturday morning, and wish my brother luck," says Vince McAneney. "We'll talk a little and decide who calls after the game. " Sometime Saturday evening, John and Vince McAneney will meet with their families at Villari's Milmarian Restaurant, off Route 73 in Palmyra. They'll have a few drinks, eat and talk football. Just as they've done for many years. But the chit-chat this weekend will be special, because on Saturday afternoon John McAneney's Frankford Pioneers will be playing Bartram for the Public League championship in Northeast Philadelphia.
April 9, 1989 |
Pete Rose and Ty Cobb seem destined to be linked forever in baseball history. They are, above all, the only two players to have reached the statistical stratosphere of 4,000 hits. Both also played the game with an unequaled passion, an inner fire that manifested itself in spike-high slides and fierce home-plate collisions. And - now that the 1989 baseball season has begun with Rose under investigation, apparently for his sports-betting habits - both have been tainted with accusations of gambling.
March 1, 1995 |
When Parallel Lives was performed by its creators, Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, under the title The Kathy and Mo Show, it received favorable reviews as a humorous, perceptively feminist piece in presentations at an off-Broadway theater and as an HBO television special. After seeing Parallel Lives performed by two area actresses at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, I wondered what those earlier reviewers saw that made them like the show so much. I didn't find it to be very funny, very perceptive, or even very entertaining.
January 28, 2001 |
Donna Crilley and Mike Farrell traveled parallel paths that did not cross until 1998. Both graduated from the University of Pennsylvania; both lived in the Binghamton, N.Y., area; both moved to Philadelphia for work. And finally, both had ties to a group beach house in Avalon. That's where it happened. Mike was a member but came down infrequently. Donna was visiting a cousin there. He walked up the stairs, she turned and smiled. And he was smitten. "I thought, wow, I have to figure out a way to meet this girl," said Mike, a Philadelphia lawyer.
May 6, 1993 |
If you'd like to see the themes that run through Stephen King's The Dark Half treated with imagination and intelligence, look no further than Alan Rudolph's provocative Equinox. Rudolph, one of the truly original voices in American film, here explores the issues of fate and identity in one of his typical landscapes. The film's title refers to the two times in the year when the length of night and day are exactly the same. Equally identical are Henry and Freddie, twins separated at birth, destined to grow up without knowing of the other's existence.
May 31, 2011
"The Bridesmaids" has been called "The Hangover" for women, and they're both among the most commercially successful R-rated comedies of all time. Now, with the opening of "The Hangover 2," we compare the two blockbusters, "Hangover" and "Bridesmaids. " Box office opening weekend $44 million / $26 million Who's getting married? Justin Bartha / Maya Rudolph Who has the creepy boyfriend/girlfriend they need to ditch? Ed Helms / Kristen Wiig Who is the kooky, stocky misfit?