May 13, 2015 |
Realism. As-flat-as-a-pancake realism. Rachel Bonds' new play, Five Mile Lake , carries realism to such an extreme that you keep waiting for it to be about something, but, like life itself, it just continues without an intermission. If there's an idea here, it's some cliché, like finding diamonds in your own backyard. And then I saw that my friend sitting next to me was weeping. And that's why there are all kinds of plays. This one, under Emily Mann's direction, using all the bells and whistles that McCarter Theatre has to offer, is very skilled realism.
March 10, 2015 |
* THE ODD COUPLE. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, CBS3. ACTRESS Yvette Nicole Brown has a new show, a new look and an off-camera life that means a lot to her. And that life, which includes caring for a father with dementia as well as her own fight against Type 2 diabetes, has taken the former "Community" star to CBS' reboot of "The Odd Couple," where she plays Dani, the assistant to sports-radio host Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry). In Thursday's Dani-centric episode, Oscar and his finicky roomate Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon)
December 31, 2014 |
Bread and circuses: They make the world go round. Sure, things weren't so hot this year when it came to bread. But the circuses were as healthy as ever in 2014, thanks to a constant supply of silly, stupid, narcissistic, and sex-obsessed celebs. But this year, the usual round of frolicking, twerking, punch-ups, meltdowns, and arrests was punctuated by some of the darkest sex scandals in recent memory. Explosive allegations brought down cultural icons as respected and admired as Bill Cosby and as popular as Stephen Collins . So we begin with the abysmal and abyssal and try to work our way up to the merely absurd.
September 25, 2014 |
When is it acceptable for a mayor to strip off his pants on stage in front of a roomful of constituents? When the borough is Jenkintown, the mayor is Ed Foley , and the occasion is a Season Two premiere screening of ABC's hit show The Goldbergs. Under those circumstances Tuesday night, Foley's stunt - an homage to the show's Murray Goldberg, an irascible 1980s father who usually appears in tighty whiteys - got a huge round of applause from the crowd of nearly 300. The show is based on writer Adam F. Goldberg's childhood in Jenkintown.
June 9, 2014 |
Shep Gordon , like Zelig and Forrest Gump before him, has crossed paths with world leaders, lunched with legends, mingled meaningfully with movie stars and musicians, the glamorous and the great. The big difference, of course, is that Gordon - a fabled manager, music impresario, film exec, and showbiz playmaker - is a real person. The other difference is that though chance, or fate, or what-have-you brought Zelig, or Gump, or Gordon together with famous figures, Gordon acted on his encounters.
February 21, 2014 |
LAST MONDAY, chef Nick Elmi stepped out the door of Laurel, his 22-seat East Passyunk Avenue BYOB, and exhaled in relief. Four days earlier, the 32-year-old appeared on the dramatically up-and-down finale to a dramatically up-and-down Season 11 of Bravo's "Top Chef. " Had you noticed his sigh, you might have thought he was feeling great. He won. Then again, you might have thought he was happy to be able to talk about the show publicly. ("Top Chef" rules stipulate that only the chef's spouse and lawyer can know the result before the finale.)
December 19, 2013 |
Hello there About a decade ago, Hatboro native Danielle was a Rutgers journalism and psychology student and Mike was working for a Connecticut investment management company and living in his native Queens. When procrastinating on assignments, Danielle would log on to Clubplanet.com and enviously read about DJ appearances, parties, and other New York club events she mostly couldn't attend. Mike was a regular commenter whose postings were so hilarious that Danielle always read them.
August 20, 2013 |
Growing up in Media, Leigh Gallagher walked the oak-lined sidewalks of her Bowling Green neighborhood, roller-skated in the streets, and rode her decorated bicycle in the town's annual Fourth of July parade. Now an assistant managing editor at Fortune magazine, Gallagher makes frequent visits from Manhattan to her Delaware County hometown, which, with its 1920s restored theater, commuter trolley, and Main Street shops, remains "almost comically idyllic," she said. But according to the research in Gallagher's new book, The End of the Suburbs, Media has become something of a rarity: a community that still resembles what couples hope for when they move to the suburbs.
July 12, 2013 |
GRAB YOUR best guy or gal and head to a Ritz theater in Old City, because Q Fest, Philadelphia's gay cinema festival, is back again. This year's 11-day festival boasts several more movies than previous years and features a slew of Philly-centric titles: one of them, "The Happy Sad," was directed by Rodney Evans, a visiting professor with Temple's Department of Film and Media Arts. The film follows two couples, one white and heterosexual and the other black and gay, whose relationships are shaken up. Stan and Annie, the heterosexual couple, go downhill when Annie wants to take a break from the relationship.
July 7, 2013 |
Rosalind Echols' teaching methods are not exactly conventional. So instead of spending the summer reading up on the scientific method to write a lesson plan, she will cruise through Alaskan waters with a team of scientists to see the process in action. Echols, a physics teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Center City, uses real-life experience in her classes. One of her favorite assignments is to ask students to study the subway to see how force causes riders to stumble if they don't grab a handbar.