March 24, 2016 |
Modern Shakespeare productions sometimes take bizarre liberties with the Bard's work. But the daring presentation of Richard III now running at People's Light is an astounding staging and a joy to watch. We first meet the fabled villain in Henry VI . There, Richard promises "to set the murderous Machiavel to school. " In Richard III he makes good on his word and becomes a paradigm of evil (or a "sociopath" in modern speak). He is usually presented as a menacing figure.
April 28, 2014 |
John H. Richards III, 71, of Bryn Mawr, a Philadelphia businessman and sportsman, died of lung cancer on Monday, April 21, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Richards grew up in Villanova, attended the Haverford School, and earned his degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University in 1966. An avid sportsman, Mr. Richards grew up foxhunting, said his son, Bradley N., and later in life enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Eagles Mere, Pa. An accomplished equestrian, fly fisherman, and beagler, Mr. Richards was a member of the Rose Tree Foxhunt, Broadacers Anglers Club and the Ardrossan Beagles, where he served as joint master.
March 8, 2013
THERE ARE certain signs that annually crop up in this neck of the woods that let us know spring is nigh. For some, it's the botanical bacchanal that is the Philadelphia Flower Show. For others, it's the commencement of the Phillies' spring training camp in Clearwater, Fla. And, in local theater circles, it's the annual presentation of a William Shakespeare play by Center City's Lantern Theater. For a decade, the troupe, headquartered at St. Stephen's Theater, has staged a play of the Bard's as spring blooms.
February 6, 2013 |
He never got that horse. Richard III, that is. In Act 5, Scene 4, of Shakespeare's Tragedy of King Richard the Third , it's all going south for the hunchback murderer-king, but he defies fate to the last. "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse," he cries. Turns out he probably did die on his feet, no helmet, cut down by various medieval weapons. Archaeologists, historians, and other experts at the University of Leicester told the world Monday: The bones of Richard III, last Plantagenet king, last English king to die in battle, and delectably admirable Shakespearean villain-hero , have been found.
February 5, 2013
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - He was king of England, but for centuries he lay without shroud or coffin in an unknown grave, and his name became a byword for villainy. On Monday, scientists announced that they had rescued the remains of Richard III from anonymity. The monarch's fans hope a revival of his reputation will soon follow. In a dramatically orchestrated news conference, a team of scientists from the University of Leicester announced that tests had proved what they scarcely dared to hope - that a scarred and broken skeleton unearthed under a drab municipal parking lot was that of the 15th-century king, the last English monarch to die in battle.
November 4, 2011 |
Central wide receiver Richard Drayton III has continued his family tradition this season. The 6-1, 210-pound senior is the son of Rich Drayton, the former Central standout who is now the school's head coach. Known as "Tre" in the family, Drayton III is waiting until after the season to make a college commitment. This week, we sat down with the elite receiver: Q: What kind of receiver do you consider yourself? A: "I think I'm a possession receiver. I catch basically anything that gets thrown my way. " Q: Who's your favorite professional athlete?
July 12, 2011 |
Who is killing the royal members of Britain's House of Plantagenet? According to Shakespeare's murder-laden Richard III , in free performances this month by the Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company at parks across the region, it's the title character himself. With the help of hit men, of course. History is not so certain; Richard, who ruled for two years in the late 1400s and endowed King's College of Cambridge, may have been responsible for the murders of the two young princes who were ahead of him in the line of succession, and may have helped deal similarly with several other relatives - but may have doesn't make a good Elizabethan play.
June 17, 2011 |
Somehow Shakespeare became synonymous with summer, probably because of the growth nationally of Shakespeare festivals in off-season months. Looking to get your fix of the Bard? It's not hard to find "a stage where every man must play a part. " The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of identical twins are separated at birth - wow, that guy took risks with plot credibility. This is one of his earliest plays, going on Wednesday through July 17 at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University, near Allentown.
May 14, 2010 |
Quintessence Theatre Group has big ambitions: "adaptation of epic works of drama and classic literature," and restoring Mount Airy's Sedgwick Theater to its rightful place "as a jewel in Philadelphia's cultural landscape. " The fledgling company embarks on its grand effort with co-founder Alexander Burns directing Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's darkest comedy, and a particularly problematic problem play. At its heart, however, this is still a comedy, complete with all the identity-switching one can expect from such Elizabethan follies.