January 4, 1995
A friend writes: "As a longtime, hard-core devotee of the Mummers Parade, I don't have a strong opinion on which street the parade is on. What continues to strike me is the dullness of the parade at street level. "At one point Sunday, about 2 p.m., I (just a spectator) crossed Market Street around 10th; the parade route was empty from 7th Street to 11th Street. Four quiet blocks in a nine-block parade - that's pathetic, and it's solely the fault of the Mummers, not the shift to Market Street this year, not Mayor Rendell.
July 30, 2000 |
In an airplane hangar-size Mantua warehouse that looks like a workshop for whimsical, subversive elves, Adam Cook is painting blocky figures on fabric panels that will become the pages of a giant book. "It's a very old form of street theater," says the tall, bearded Cook, member of a Vermont-based theater group. The book's text, on the theme of liberation, will be performed by a chorus and narrator. Painted sections of cardboard are stacked in a corner of the skylit warehouse, to be assembled into 135 skeletons (the number of executions in Texas since George W. Bush became governor)
September 9, 1998 |
Deep in the heart of the Black Rock Desert, where plants don't grow and phones don't ring and the sun beats mercilessly on the hard, beige, cracked earth, a man walked barefoot on the pancake-flat ground, wearing nothing but a woman's white slip, pulled up high. On a cherry-red mountain bike, a bare-breasted woman in a tutu whooshed by, just as a straw-roofed tropical barroom on wheels hurtled around the corner, packed with waving revelers on stools. Tents made of Indian fabrics and parachute silk flapped in the wind, and the air filled with the eerie strains of a warped, reverberating "Star-Spangled Banner" performed by a young man on cello, accompanied by a synthesizer and a bleary-eyed audience of four.
July 27, 1987 |
Mime is mime and street theater is street theater and never the twain shall meet. That, at least, is what I think Kevin O'Connor was getting at when he dropped by to explain the whys and wherefores of Clean Street Theatre. For nearly 10 years O'Connor, 34, originally of Upper Darby and more recently of Wyndmoor, was a member of the mime team trading as Quiet Riot, a popular attraction on the college and civic culture circuits. This summer, through Sept. 19, he is project director for five street theater troupes operated by Movement Theatre International under contract to PhilaPride Inc., the keep-Philadelphia-clean activators.
April 6, 2012 |
IT SEEMS that drama and Occupy Philly go together like green eggs and ham. The group returned Thursday after a long winter of planning and organizing to perform its Dr. Seuss-inspired "The Fat Cat in the Hat: A Wells Fargo Unfair-y Tale. " Using a rhyme scheme similar to the iconic author's, the "street theater" chronicled Occupy's feud with Wells Fargo, which had 14 of its members arrested in November during a sit-in. "We're asking who the real criminals are: concerned citizens who want to reveal corruption or banks using predatory, racist loans that force families out of their homes," said Aaron Torisi, the performance's organizer.
September 10, 2002 |
In the dark, you will see 10 shadowy performers, oversized iron gates, stilt-walkers, searchlights. As each hour-long performance ends, the performers burn the set down, an apocalyptic conflagration, only to rebuild it the next day. An allegory about war, dominance and destruction, Carmen Funebre (or Funeral Song) was created in response to the conflict in Bosnia, and for the last eight years, the Polish theater company Teatr Biuro Podrozy (Travel Agency Theater) has traveled the world with this large-scale theatrical spectacle.
September 15, 1986 |
There's a Woody Allen Film Festival continuing through Sept. 20 at the Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., with 14 of the little man's most memorable cinematic adventures. Call 922-1010 for the schedule. PLATTER CHATTER There's a record convention , 4p.m.-11 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, (Airport), I-95 at Essington Exit. Buy, sell or trade rock, jazz, soul, country, soundtracks or hard-to-get oldies. Admission: $2. Info: 747-7360. ART EXHIBIT An exhibit of drawings and paintings by Carmine Travagline continues through Oct. 25 at the Peak Gallery at Montserrat, 623 South St. Travagline also happens to be the chef at Montserrat and is known for his creations in the kitchen, too. The gallery is open daily.
December 19, 1987 |
Bill George, the producing director of Touchstone Theater, speaks in a dry, matter-of-fact tone that tends to mask his considerable enthusiasm for his job and his strong passion for theater. So when he says of the theater's new home, "I'm a little worn out about being happy. I've been so happy for so long now, about a month, I just can't take it anymore," he comes across sounding as though, maybe, he is not really that happy at all. But allowing for a bit of self-deprecating sarcasm, it is clear that George is indeed very pleased with the new theater on the working-class south side of this city on the Lehigh River east of Allentown.