February 18, 2015 |
Simpatico Theatre Project presents Obie Award-winning Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge, an engrossing drama that is both a cautionary tale and a societal indictment, with a superb cast. Greenidge can write what sounded to me to be pitch-perfect dialogue, and Alan Radway directs the ensemble with respect and a clever use of the Adrienne Theatre's Skybox space. Three teenage African American girls, living in a ghettoized community in any American city, are sworn friends: Annie (Nastassja Baset)
December 4, 2013 |
To the list of things about Philly that natives love and tourists don't get (Eagles fans, Mummers, Tastykakes), we could easily add the world premiere of Josh Piven's No Reservations , a homegrown Christmas comedy with a sharp bite. Piven sets the play, now at the Skybox at the Adrienne, on Christmas Eve at a Lancaster, Pa., bed-and-breakfast owned by Mr. and Mrs. Harris (Jared Michael Delaney and Wendy Staton). Deep in debt, conjugally estranged, and with the place falling apart, they long for their one day off each year to relax.
January 30, 2013 |
To breed or not to breed? That is the question facing M (David Raphaely) and W (Charlotte Ford) in Luna Theater's production of Duncan MacMillan's Lungs at the Adrienne. In unremarkable clothes, without props, sound design, sets, or scene changes, they agonize, argue, love, leave, return, reconcile, and endlessly orbit one another, the centers of their own tiny universe. MacMillan and director Gregory Scott Campbell present the simplest human situation without embellishment, and in doing so, illuminate its complexity.
November 16, 2012 |
Tiny, sturdy Sylvia Kauders' Mama has the stoic face of thousands of Jewish grandmothers before her. When she announces, deadpan in a fluffy bathrobe, to her son Ronnie, "Did you hear who's coming? The Momzer," the audience for Marty's Back in Town , a new play by attorney/author Norman Shabel at the Skybox at the Adrienne, laughs. A momzer is a jerk, a thorn in your side, and the audience knows: These are our mishpucha , our kind of people, and this is a comic family drama that will be sprinkled with liberal doses of Yiddish, in which crazy relatives will argue, eat, and reconcile, Neil Simon-style.
October 27, 2012 |
So you've outgrown trick-or-treating, you're sick of the same old parade of masked killers on the movie channels, and the thought of running through a cornfield or an abandoned building with community-theater ghouls on your heels makes you yawn. Fear not. There are still plenty of options for the Halloween aficionado in the Philadelphia area this weekend. Eye screams The Philadelphia Film Festival looks back Friday night at a pair of spine-chillers from the past, with screenings of the haunted-TV classic Poltergeist at 9:30 at Shoemaker Green at Penn and M. Night Shyamalan's alien-invasion (with a twist)
June 18, 2009
The scrimmage between City Hall and the Philadelphia Eagles dragged on longer than a Super Bowl pregame show. But the dispute that consumed so much time and energy - and breathless calls to 610 WIP - has mercifully come to an end. The upshot after the second ruling from a judge yesterday: The Eagles owe the city $3 million. That's about how much Donovan McNabb will make in the first few weeks of the season. While the payout is a pittance, the bigger cost is the time, money, public goodwill, and legal fees that both the city and Eagles spent on dueling lawsuits over skybox revenues and compensation for the cancellation of a 2001 preseason game due to poor field conditions at city-owned Veterans Stadium.
June 9, 2009
SWEET! The city has won a scrimmage with the Eagles on a hotly debated $8 million tab that the city has been trying to collect from the team. Yesterday, a Common Pleas Court judge ruled that the Eagles do owe the city $8 million for the share of skybox revenue they had promised to the city in exchange for a break the city gave the team, which, in 1985, was struggling financially. (Today, the team is worth $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine.) But the 2001 deadline for the payment came and went, and the Eagles didn't pay. They in turn claimed the city owed them money for canceling an exhibition game, and that made them essentially even.
April 3, 2009
RE THE EAGLES and the "secret" deal they had with John Street to settle the $8 million skybox dispute, I don't think Jeff Lurie and company have a leg to stand on. If it ain't in writing and ain't on tape, it ain't legal. Period! No judge in this town with half a brain will let the Eagles get away with this nonsense, nor should Mayor Nutter let it happen, either. For Jeffrey Lurie, who recently made the Billionaires Club, to stiff the city over a mere $8 million is revolting.
April 2, 2009 |
Former Mayor John F. Street said yesterday that he had struck no agreement with the Eagles to substantially reduce the team's $8 million debt to the city during private negotiations years ago that led to the building of Lincoln Financial Field. "I didn't cut a secret deal. There was no deal. We didn't make a deal. . . . And if I had agreed to a deal, I would have put it in writing," Street said last night during a rare City Hall appearance. "The one thing I did commit to," he continued, "is we would absolutely make a reasonable effort to come to a fair settlement and hopefully without litigation.
April 2, 2009 |
Former Mayor John Street denied claims yesterday by the Philadelphia Eagles that he quietly agreed to and then reneged on a deal to settle an $8 million dispute with the city for less than $1 million during his first term. The Eagles made their claim in affidavits filed in court last month by team owner Jeffrey Lurie, president Joe Banner and Dean Adler, an attorney who represented the city in the negotiations to build Lincoln Financial Field. Adler, who worked with the late developer Willard Rouse on the stadium negotiations, said that Street agreed to accept an "insignificant amount" from the Eagles.