October 22, 2013
GOOD NEWS, KIDS, it's Rabbit Breeders Week in Pennsylvania. Yep. The state House took a bold stand last week and voted 196-0 in favor of honoring rabbit breeders. This bravely bucks conventional wisdom. Who thinks rabbits need help breeding? So maybe there's hope that the House gets hopping (sorry) on other pressing matters and goes against the conventional wisdom that it can't or won't. Take new funding for roads, bridges and SEPTA. You've heard about our infrastructure: basically Iraq after Operation Iraqi Freedom.
September 17, 2011 |
In Kimberly Akimbo , which opened Thursday and is getting a good ride at Theatre Horizon in Norristown, playwright David Lindsay-Abaire calls for an actress in her 50s to play a 16-year-old. So this is as much a bow, nice and low, to local actress Maureen Torsney-Weir - who has done a bunch of stage work here as characters her own age - as it is a review of Kimberly Akimbo , by the author of the better-known play Rabbit Hole. Torsney-Weir is convincing and teenaged-all-the-way in a play about a family that includes a girl with the rare and unexplained genetic condition progeria, which ages youngsters inordinately.
July 7, 2011 |
BIG NEWS IN the world of make-up sex - Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel may be back on. The two Js are "quietly seeing each other again," an unidentified source told Us magazine. "They have been talking the whole time and decided to give it another shot. Jessica really wanted to get back together with him and Justin realized single life is not what it's cracked up to be. " Really? If you're Justin Timberlake, we would guess single life is pretty awesome. On July 3, the couple shared pork tacos at the Black Hoof restaurant in Toronto.
December 24, 2010 |
I WAS TORN in "Rabbit Hole" between sympathy for a couple who's lost a child, and envy of their fantastic house. Grief is everywhere in the movie, but so are Viking ranges and leaded glass windows, ornate moldings and other fittings appropriate to a fantastic period renovation/updating of their century-old home. As you've probably heard, though, this is not a movie about real estate (although the carved-wood front door does open to fantastic views of the Hudson). Gawking gives way to a consideration of grief.
December 24, 2010 |
There are moments early in the domestic vignette Rabbit Hole , starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a couple estranged by that which shall not be spoken, when they seem like cousins of George and Martha in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Wrenching, poignant, and quietly healing, John Cameron Mitchell's adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play soon reveals what has come between the tightly wound Becca (Kidman) and the unraveling Howie (Eckhart)
June 4, 2010
Alice in Wonderland . (Walt Disney Pictures, '10) $29.99. 108 mins. Alice, now 19, slips into a rabbit hole that takes her to "Underland," where she must terminate the Red Queen's reign to save her childhood friends. With Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska. PG (fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations) (CC) The Wolfman 1/2 (Universal, '10) $29.98. 103 mins. An actor who goes home to investigate the savage death of his brother is bitten by a creature. R (bloody horror violence and gore)
January 24, 2010 |
The new year, and new decade, get going with new entries from a formidable trio of top-tier Hollywood auteurs: There's a lysergic-looking reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland from Tim Burton; a roiling Gothic thriller, Shutter Island, from the just-honored-at-the-Golden Globes Martin Scorsese, and a timely revisit to the trading floors in Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel. In the horror vein, The Wolfman, with Benicio Del Toro in lycanthrope mode, looks hair-raising.
December 3, 2009 |
Food and drink are not uncommon stage props. But in most theater productions, the actors don't actually eat and drink, so the food is often faked. Not so for the Arden Theatre Company's production of Rabbit Hole, which requires the actors to eat crème caramel, chocolate cake, apple torte, zucchini bread, and lemon squares in eight performances a week for nine weeks. The play by David Lindsay-Abaire, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for drama, tells the story of a couple fraught with grief after the loss of their young son. Becca, the distraught mother, who left her Sotheby's real estate job to be a full-time mom, bakes with a renewed fury to cope with her son's death.
November 27, 2009 |
JUST BEFORE the time-pressed White Rabbit appears in the opening moments of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Alice finds herself bored out of her mind, sitting beside a riverbank with her sister's dull book offering nothing in the way of entertainment. "What is the use of a book," Alice moans, "without pictures or conversations?" Of course, Alice shortly thereafter discovers an entire world full of amusing and nonsensical distractions, but had the rabbit hole dropped her into modern-day Philadelphia, she would have a couple of options to fulfill her demands.
October 30, 2009 |
Sometimes it's obvious why a play wins the Pulitzer Prize. Rabbit Hole, by David Lindsay-Abaire, currently at the Arden Theatre and directed by James J. Christy, is a cathartic crowd-pleaser: Waves of compassion flow toward the stage, nods of understanding in the dark. I was waving and nodding too, in Act One. But by Act Two the predictability of the events, of the emotions, of the responses, of the reconciliations, was so obvious that I felt I'd seen the play before, which I hadn't.