March 11, 1996 |
You may have heard this story before: A popular leader. Allegations of low-down activities in high places. A taped conversation in which lawbreaking is mentioned. And then, a mysterious, unexplained gap in the tape. Watergate? Try Wagergate. That's "Wager," as in Fred Wager, Wildwood's mayor, who these days is fielding questions about a $10,000 expenditure, a prosecutor's probe and the alleged role a newspaper reporter played in the whole thing. And there's that 10-second gap, which no one can quite explain.
September 14, 1995 |
Games, for the '95 Eagles, have become like Mike Tyson fights. A few minutes of occasionally interesting action surrounded by days of gale-force controversy. These Eagles, it seems, are destined to discard one major distraction each Sunday and create another. Last week's victory over Arizona resolved, temporarily at least, questions about Ricky Watters' heart. And produced a new drama concerning Randall Cunningham's psyche. How much did his desert benching and the trade rumors that followed damage that fragile vessel?
July 29, 1995 |
Great ideas come in pairs, don't they? With Mettawee River Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's The Tempest - including puppets - you might argue they've scooped George C. Wolfe's Tempest, the current Shakespeare in the Park offering in New York with puppets in the supporting cast. But surprisingly, given that the Mettawee River performers staged the show Thursday for the week-long Puppeteers of America Festival in Bryn Mawr, their use of puppetry was quite restrained, confined to only two scenes in the play.
July 13, 1995 |
Darren Daulton told Bill Giles yesterday that he was very, very, very sorry for skipping out on batting practice Monday before the All-Star Game. The Phillies president accepted his catcher's apology and proclaimed the case closed. He didn't fine him, suspend him, bench him, ground him for a week, take away his car keys, or send him to bed without supper. "He did apologize, and that was good enough for me," Giles said before last night's game. "There will be nothing done about it. " Daulton said that a fine or punishment never was discussed at yesterday afternoon's meeting, which was attended by Giles, general manager Lee Thomas, manager Jim Fregosi, Daulton, and centerfielder Lenny Dykstra, who had missed the workout session in Arlington, Texas, because of his mother's illness.
February 24, 1995 |
The opening today of an exhibit of rarely seen photographs by - and of - famed Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins provides a new opportunity to pose the most frequently asked question about him: Was he really a dirty old man? People don't question whether Eakins (pronounced AY-kins) was a fine artist. Some of his paintings are among the best known in American art: his rowers on the Schuylkill; "The Gross Clinic," which shows a famous surgeon in action; "The Swimming Hole," which shows boys and a dog enjoying the water, among others.
October 12, 1994 |
Eric Hill perceives Shakespeare's The Tempest as taking place in the mind of Prospero. The primary character imagines everything about the play - even, in a way, himself. Hill's Temple University Theaters' production opens with Miranda, Prospero's daughter, lying on the stage reading a magazine and listening to rock music, a Princess phone at her side. Prospero, who is on stage virtually throughout the play, spends a great deal of time in his overstuffed chair, which if it is not contemporary, is at least 20th century.
July 11, 1994 |
"The isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs/that give delight and hurt not," Caliban tells Stephano and Trinculo in The Tempest. He might have been giving a subtle warning to the opera composers who can't keep their mitts off Shakespeare's final play. Several dozen have tried, though their efforts are so rarely staged they may as well be lost at sea. Among the brave recent attempts is Peter Westergaard's The Tempest, which was given its world premiere Friday by the Opera Festival of New Jersey.
March 21, 1993 |
Soon to be playing at a convention near you: The Revenge of the Renegade Heirs. A two-year campaign to change the way banks control trust funds of the wealthy, led by two Main Line men, has gained a highly public forum - the national convention of the American Bar Association this August in New York City. The ABA has agreed to devote a convention workshop to the concerns of trust beneficiaries who complain that banking policies governing trust funds are too restrictive, preventing them from firing banks they think manage trusts poorly or charge too many fees.
February 20, 1993 |
Guidance counselors were telling high school students they should stay away from Temple University. Recruiters from rival colleges were saying the same thing. Stay away, they'd say, because you can just about bet that Temple will have another one of its quadrennial faculty strikes and - poof! - there goes a year of school. That's what Arthur Hochner was hearing. It was one of the things that prompted him, the head of the faculty union at Temple, to approach the administration and see if they might settle contract talks early for once.
January 28, 1993 |
No thunder and lightning, no alarums and hullabaloo attend the conjured shipwreck at the start of Shakespeare's valedictory masterpiece, The Tempest, in the revelatory Arden Theatre Company production that opened Tuesday for a month-long run. No shipwreck, in fact, is set before us - just a toy schooner, bobbing high above Hiroshi Iwasaki's draped and platformed set, that crosses from right to left until it is gently, silently plucked from its...