June 27, 1986 |
Jacques LeCoq, who performed last night at the Annenberg Center as part of Movement Theater International's mime and clown festival, is considered a major influence in movement theater. LeCoq is primarily a teacher, based in Paris. His performance could also be considered pedagogic, in that its structure was in the tried and true format of a lecture-demonstration. It turns out, however, that the message of the show was less important than how it was delivered. Although LeCoq has not gained fame as an actor, he is a wonderful performer.
August 18, 1996 |
In the enterprising years of the 1950s and '60s, a mild-mannered artist named Henry T. MacNeill quietly tried to prove that progress wasn't tearing down old buildings and replacing them with something new. To MacNeill, progress was looking to the past and preserving its treasures. MacNeill, a Philadelphia native who had moved in 1946 from Narberth to the community of Whitford, north of Downingtown, was trained as an architect, with a deep knowledge of the Colonial Revival style.
April 30, 2004 |
In the extras of the new The Kids in the Hall first-season DVD, cast member Scott Thompson deftly describes the zany comedic brain trust, perhaps best known for its gut-busting HBO sketches. "Take a bad childhood, add feelings of inferiority, shake, and pour into a bowl containing four other malcontents and you get Kids in the Hall. " The Kids - Thompson, Mark McKinney, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald and Bruce McCulloch - have been fine-tuning their special brand of foolishness since 1984, when they formed out of several different troupes.
April 19, 1988 |
Alyce Kay Campisi, an artist who painted scenes of Colonial Philadelphia, died Sunday. She was 78 and lived in the Queen Village section of the city. The former Alyce Hopkins, she and her husband Salvatore Campisi operated their own furniture refinishing and decorating business at Front and Christian streets from 1949 to 1959. She also worked for Philadelphia firms in the late 1950s, painting Oriental designs on furniture. During the Depression she was an artist for the Works Progress Administration.
June 9, 2000 |
A fish falls from the sky in An Evening With Frankenharry, the program of six short plays that opened Wednesday at the 2nd Stage at the Adrienne. Its appearance is dramatically effective, but the fish out of water that is An Evening With Frankenharry is not so lucky. An Evening With Frankenharry began life as The Frankenharry Plays, three brief conceits staged during the 1998 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Written by Joseph Sorrentino for local performers Frank X and Harry Philibosian, the playlets dealt with an actor named Frank and various characters named Harry, and two of the trio were done in site-specific locations.
October 26, 1994 |
When America's medical students crack open their textbooks, the illustrations they see are overwhelmingly male. Drawings of the head come with bushy brows and square jaws. Legs, arms, backs and feet are manfully muscled. Abdominal sketches frequently include a penis. Illustrations of women, when they do appear, are generally tucked away in the sections on reproduction. Those are the findings of a search of current medical textbooks by female students at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, who complained to teachers about an overly masculine tone to their tomes.
August 3, 1989 |
As a would-be comic book artist, 16-year-old Aci Afshari of Broomall dreams of riding the current Batman craze to fame and fortune. "I've wanted to draw for comics all my life, but my parents want me to do well in school and be a doctor," Afshari said. That, however, hasn't stopped him from putting his ideas on paper. He has created a comic hero whose identity he prefers to keep secret for now, and he has submitted sketches of his hero in action to a small publisher of comic books.
October 30, 1986 |
Strange how terrible the new Jay Leno special is. Leno is one of the snappiest and most astute of stand-up comedians, but his NBC late-night special, "The Jay Leno Show," doesn't ever quite get to its feet, much less stand up. It certainly doesn't stand up to scrutiny - the scrutiny of sitting through it even once. However, one of the cute things in the show has to be seen twice to be appreciated, and viewers will need a VCR to do that. Nearly half the homes in America have VCRs now, so many people will be able to play the game.
April 18, 2008 |
Auctions over the next few days will offer antique phonographs, original Peanuts sketches, and a tall case clock that more than lives up to its name. The phonographs will be a highlight of Briggs Auction's regular Friday sale, beginning at 5 p.m. today at the gallery, 1347 Naamans Creek Rd., Garnet Valley. Consigned from a Newark, Del., estate, the 10 to be offered include the popular "morning glory" tabletop models, says Briggs president John Turner. The most unusual phonograph is a coin-operated Edison tabletop wax-disc model dating to the late 1800s.
December 1, 2000 |
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life may not add much to our understanding of existence, but it's a blistering and uproarious satire that captured the lads at the top of their game. The Pythons had tried two movies with a vague semblance of plot and a keen eye for parody in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian and a concert film - Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl - when they came to Meaning of Life in 1983. The comedy is an episodic series of sketches loosely arranged around a seven-ages-of-man motif.