February 27, 2012 |
ATTENDEES OF PTC@Play , be forewarned: Michael Hollinger will be watching you. Don't worry, the local playwright isn't stalking you (not that we know of, anyway). Instead, he's one of four playwrights who will get the opportunity to read their new works at the PTC@Play Festival, a two-week celebration of new theater works at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. The festival also includes a "reading" (or should we say singing?) of a musical, a night of short plays by Philadelphians, and Philly Reality, two days of performances by five area high schools.
October 23, 2011 |
It's that time of year, when spiders beat a path to my door. I know. Still got it. As soon I open my front door, big wolf spiders come from God-knows-where to run inside my house. Of course I can't bring myself to kill them. Spiders are good bugs, even if they're scary and creepy, so I turn a glass upside-down over them, slide a paper underneath, then flip the entire assembly right-side up and throw the spider back outside. But lately, I'm finding problems with my method.
September 30, 2008 |
The World Goes 'Round is a revue of John Kander and Fred Ebb songs plucked from many of the famous shows they wrote together - Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman - as well as the not-so-famous shows they wrote together: 70, Girls, 70; The Rink; and The Happy Time. Daniel Kutner, who directed the Prince Music Theater production that opened Friday, manages to take this collection of sophisticated songs, filled with clever, ironical lyrics, and turn it into a suburban PTA talent show.
October 27, 2006 |
The water sporadically boils for tea in the jail cell where Molina and Valentin spend their days and nights in desperate isolation, but that's not all that percolates. In the late Manuel Puig's masterful Kiss of the Spider Woman, the two men fall into a psychic dance of escape, dependency and pragmatism, played out with clarity and style in the current interpretation by Interact Theatre Company. Interact's production, which opened Wednesday at the Adrienne in Center City, is fueled by the energies of two fine actors who make the piece their own. The versatile Frank X plays Molina, the gay man whose dalliance with a minor has landed him in jail, and who whiles away the nighttime hours by reciting and embellishing the plot of a movie that may or may not exist.
May 11, 2006 |
'It's all talk until it's legal," Terrence McNally said recently about same-sex marriage. "It's the final civil right. " McNally takes up the issue in his new play, Some Men, which will have its world premiere next week at Philadelphia Theatre Company. His Tony-winning drama about Maria Callas, Master Class, also premiered at PTC, and it was partly on the strength of that experience that the theater company offered and McNally accepted this new invitation. A strong presence in American theater for more than 40 years, McNally is prolific and varied.
December 13, 2005 |
For Chita Rivera, age is merely a number. It's clear when she performs in the new, breezy Broadway celebration of herself and her craft that she's fresh as ever. Rivera consumes the house with 72 years of accumulated experience. In a black top, black net skirt and high heels, she's classic Rivera, in great form and looking swell. Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life is her story. Stage floorboards are her natural habitat. She embodies musical Broadway when she kicks, shimmies and glides across them, narrating the highs and lows of her career and singing all the while with her distinctive clarity.
July 13, 2001 |
William Hurt had heavyweight competition for the part of Molina, the gay window dresser in Hector Babenco's Kiss of the Spider Woman, that was to bring him the Oscar for best actor. Burt Lancaster, whose extraordinary twilight was so enriched by the variety and challenge of the parts he took, was initially cast. But he had to bow out because of heart surgery. Then Raul Julia initially wanted to play Molina, but agreed to portray Valentin, the political radical. The film, which deserves its good reputation, begins a very welcome theatrical run today.
January 13, 1998 |
The first thing Chita Rivera wants to talk about is a long-gone South Broad Street restaurant. "I keep looking for the Harvey House," says the Broadway musical performer, who has been coming to Philadelphia for more than four decades with pre- and post-Broadway tours. "We shed more tears in the Harvey House. That's where I would go for my hot fudge sundaes - which I only ate when I was depressed. When a scene was taken away or we got a bad review, I'd eat a hot fudge sundae to make myself feel better.
January 6, 1998 |
"I've been in this business for a l-o-o-ng, l-o-o-ng time," Chita Rivera confides cheerily in her retrospective show, Chita & All That Jazz. "And I think, for a hundred and five, I look fabulous. " Indeed she does. At the moment of this admission (which, for the record, overstates her actual age by just over 40 years), she's wearing a little black dress, designed to show off a still terrific pair of gams, and preparing to wigwag the pelvic semaphores of that quintessential come-hither song, "Hey, Big Spender.
December 26, 1997 |
Jan. 17 is a Saturday for ball-hopping - and for raising money for good causes. The seventh annual Singles Charity Ball, a benefit for the Breast Health Institute of Philadelphia, offers dancing around the dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural Sciences, plus food, prizes, entertainment - and, of course, the chance to meet and greet. Guests are invited to attend in jeans and sneakers. The hours are from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Phone: 215-830-0587.