June 24, 1988 |
They're good. They're funny. In fact, the four men and two women in the Second City troupe, taking up a two-month residency at Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino's Bay Cabaret, put on the most consistently funny show in Atlantic City. They perform the most common kind of TV humor: sketch comedy, but they perform it uncommonly well. The stage is simple and plain: four chairs, two doors and a window. Some of the gags are like vintage burlesque blackouts - an airline reservation clerk who asks a man a tedious list of preferences, including his political, philosophical and sexual tastes.
May 16, 1990 |
When Rae Solowey guided visitors through her husband's art gallery in Bucks County, she was often asked about the doe-eyed woman who kept turning up in Ben Solowey's drawings, paintings and sculptures. "Who is that?" people would say. "Somebody I once knew," she would reply. Mrs. Solowey, the primary model for her artist husband, died Monday of cancer at her home in Bedminster Township, Bucks County. She was 83. The former Rae Landis met Solowey at his Manhattan studio on April 5, 1930.
February 27, 1992 |
Jesus is crucified on a heap of nuclear weapons, and a Brazilian worker realizes he can never earn enough to rise from poverty in Sister Helen David's contemporary depictions of the 14 Stations of the Cross. Most of the colored pencil sketches, each about 15 inches square, show suffering faces in developing countries, and will be on display at the Daylesford Abbey in Paoli during Lent, which begins Wednesday. "They are stunning representations of inhumanity to man expressed in contemporary terms," said Jerry Tracz, special projects coordinator for the Daylesford Abbey.
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.
September 27, 2009 |
With the trailers suddenly running everywhere for the new, live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's durable children's classic Where the Wild Things Are , it seemed a fine moment to drop in at the Rosenbach Museum. The Rosenbach, whose library and exhibits occupy two stately townhouses on Delancey Place at 20th Street, is home to the world's largest collection of "Sendakia," as it calls it, a trove of 10,000 sketches and original drafts and watercolors that made it into his books; or, more intriguingly in some cases, did not. What drew our attention particularly was an intimate exhibition that opened last week called "Too Many Thoughts to Chew: A Sendak Stew," a visual feast of the perils (and adventures)
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.