January 12, 2013 |
Children have a playdate with the Sprout Network Saturday for the Super WHY Celebration at the Market & Shops at Comcast Center. Activities include storytime, and children can watch the network's favorite Super WHY episodes. There will be a meet and greet with Super WHY and Princess Presto and photo opportunities. Market merchants will have arts and crafts, kid-friendly lunch specials, an interactive gaming station, and more. Playdate is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. KidsinCenterCity.com playdate with Sprout: The Super WHY Celebration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday on the lower level of the Market & Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Blvd.
October 5, 2012 |
MARIONETTES, animated household objects and faces fit for "Fraggle Rock" set the stage for a "manualfesto" of puppetry at the Walking Fish Theatre, in Kensington, on Saturday. Billed as "puppetry not for children," the "Puppet Manualfesto Fall Showcase" will feature two shows of live work and film, plus music from Walking Fish house band, Up Your Cherry, with Matt and Melissa Dunphy. Think of it as a poetry slam or literary reading - with puppets, said Martina Plag, vice president of the Greater Philadelphia Puppetry Guild and founder of Frankford-based puppet theater company Studium-Praxis, which got a grant from the Puppet Slam Network to fund a series of events that includes the "Fall Showcase.
April 3, 2011
Basil Twist's Petrushka Basil Twist reprises his 2001 Petrushka , the Punch-and-Judy show-cum-Ballets Russes Stravinsky ballet turned back into puppet theater. He adds brilliant choreographies to his dancing dolls, which even pull off the Kozatsky, those deep-knee-bend Cossack kicks. Wednesday to April 16 at the Annenberg. Pulcinella Alive Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra in a notable collaboration, with both on the Verizon Hall stage for a world premiere of Stravinsky's Pulcinella by Boston Ballet's resident choreographer, Jorma Elo. Thursday to next Sunday, Kimmel Center.
July 5, 2009 |
On an Oberlin College Web site in 1998, Chris Hayes wrote engagingly about the 25 years since he had graduated in 1973. Even the last few years in Vermont, out of the spotlight. "I teach drama to elementary school children . . . am helping to organize a festival in honor of Calvin Coolidge . . . and perform a solo show for children and adults . . . consisting of Native American coyote stories. " Coyotes, children, and President Calvin Coolidge. Cool. On June 6, Mr. Hayes, 58, of North Pomfret, Vt., program director at the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City from 1981 to 1992, died of prostate cancer at an assisted-living facility in Lebanon, N.H. "He was really a foundation of Philadelphia's performance art and experimental theater," said Gerry Givnish, Painted Bride director from 1969 until 1999.
September 28, 2008 |
Robert T. Lenton, 80, a classical musician, painter, craft-store owner, and puppeteer, died of rectal cancer last Sunday at his home in Philadelphia. In a 1979 interview with a Philadelphia columnist, Mr. Lenton voiced concern about the fourth career that he had chosen. "The hardest thing about puppetry is getting people in to see it, the Muppets notwithstanding," he said. "People just forget about puppets once they're out of childhood. They seem foreign and strange to adults.
October 19, 2007 |
It's a good time to revive Eug?ne Ionesco's forceful Rhinoceros, which he wrote to show how easily an entire community adapts to a faddish and reprehensible standard - in the case of the 1960 play, fascism. Robert Smythe, Mum Puppettheatre's artistic director and the director of Mum's Rhinoceros revival, has a current example in mind: the Patriot Act and the philosophy that drives it. Rhinoceros, about a community at first resisting or ignoring the beasts, and then willing to join them, is easily about rushing to a new standard - while throwing out the bath water, the baby, and then, finally, yourself.
July 1, 2005 |
If the thought of Philadelphia's July Fourth week festivities sends you into an agoraphobic panic, fear not. There are plenty of things you and your family can do away from the city. The Philadelphia Zoo's Zoo on Wheels "Zoo-2-U Live Animal Revue" program will roll into the Keswick Theatre for two shows Wednesday. Laura Warner, the zoo's outreach coordinator, will show off some creatures of the wild as she talks about adaptation and survival. Audience members will look at - but can't touch - a large bird of prey, a large snake, and a porcupine as they learn how animals protect themselves and locate food, water and shelter.
November 5, 2004 |
When writers, filmmakers and artists address the Holocaust, they struggle with the dilemma posed by mass slaughter carried out on an incomprehensible scale. Lay out the facts and images in all their enormity and barbarity - as in the great documentary film summation Shoah - and you face the danger of numbing the audience so that death becomes faceless. Distill the horror into individual experience - as in the stage and film versions of The Diary of Anne Frank - and you can be accused of trivializing what happened.
June 20, 2004 |
Maybe Pinocchio was wrong. Maybe the dream of becoming a real boy was misguided. Nancy Brownstone suggests Pinocchio would have been happier if he had just learned to be content in his own wood. She slips on elbow-high black gloves and is now completely covered in black. Into the darkness, behind a bejeweled lavender puppet stage, she disappears. The velvet curtain parts. Pinocchio's Tale begins as jolly tunes flow from a hand-cranked calliope. Pinocchio, looking dapper in his red shorts and suspenders, chatters and tap dances.
May 14, 2004 |
In Friedrich D?rrenmatt's play The Visit, a fabulously wealthy woman returns to her hometown in Germany and offers it $1.8 billion, half for the government and half to be split among the townspeople, on the condition that the lover who betrayed her 40 years earlier is killed. Admittedly, it's a plot of writerly invention rather than plausible actuality, but the initial sense of incredibility it engenders soon vanishes as D?rrenmatt develops the idea into an engrossing fable that explores issues of vengeance, justice, the power of money, the nature of community and redemption.