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April 20, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
I had been dutifully watching the trailer for Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's new production of Titus Andronicus , listening to Aaron Cromie, who directs it, burble on, talking-head style, about going to graduate school, blah blah blah. And then his head started to bleed. And the blood gushed down his face, and still he talked. This, I said to myself, is going to be a Titus Andronicus to remember. And so it is. Rarely performed because of its impossibly gruesome events, Titus Andronicus includes three behandings, one betonguing, many beheadings, and an assortment of rape, gouging, stabbing, slicing, bloodletting, and cannibalism.
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October 20, 2012 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles has no qualms about borrowing from the past. Over the course of three albums, his band, originally from Glen Rock, N.J., has combined punk-rock brio with historical, literary, and philosophical allusions. On 2010's The Monitor , Titus Andronicus conflated Civil War references and Abraham Lincoln quotations with the saga of a modern-day young adult in the middle of an existential crisis. On "In a Big City" from the album Local Business , which comes out Monday, a day before the band plays the First Unitarian Church, Stickles drops a line from Hamlet's "to be or not to be" soliloquy into a song that blatantly alludes to the '80s hit "In a Big Country.
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April 9, 2010 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
One sunny afternoon at the South by Southwest music conference recently, Patrick Stickles led the Glen Rock, N.J., punk rockers Titus Andronicus - who headline an all-ages show at the Barbary in Northern Liberties on Thursday night - through a blistering set in a dark bar called Empire Live. With Titus' third SXSW show (of eight) over and done, the bearded 24-year-old took a coffee break and talked about The Monitor, the band's sophomore album, which has had praise heaped upon it since its release last month.
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January 21, 2000 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The groundlings in the standing room section below the stage of the Globe Theater loved their blood and gore. So it's no surprise that Shakespeare's earliest work, Titus Andronicus, proved to be the most popular of his plays during his lifetime. Posterity did not share his contemporaries' enthusiasm, and Shakespeare scholars generally rank Titus Andronicus as among the weakest in the canon. The drama piles one unspeakable horror on top of another and, on the face of it, there is little that a modern audience finds palatable - especially the cannibalism that completes the lurid saga of revenge.
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April 25, 1994 | By Cheryl Squadrito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The guests at this party included Queen Elizabeth, King Henry V, Lady Macbeth and Hamlet. They went yesterday to the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley to help celebrate what would have been the 430th birthday of William Shakespeare. To mark the occasion, the theater company performed scenes from the Bard's comedies, tragedies and histories, including rarely done works such as Measure for Measure and Titus Andronicus. Shakespeare, who was played by Sean Walker, sat in a balcony stage right, watching the scenes unfold before him. Joining him was Queen Elizabeth, played by artistic director Penelope "Penny" Reed, who narrated the show - Hedge- row's fourth annual party for Stratford-Upon-Avon's favorite playwright.
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August 5, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Actor Dwayne Johnson ( Planet 51 ); journalist Brian Williams; 12-year-old singer Rhap Salazar performs. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Organizer Peter Walsh reveals the secret lives of hoarders. Sixteen Candles (7 p.m., FAM) - Molly Ringwald shines in this touching 1984 comedy as Samantha, whose family forgets her 16th birthday in all the excitement surrounding her sister's wedding. Community (8 p.m., NBC10)
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September 24, 2011
Music "Popped! Music Festival. " This festival moved from FDR Park to the Liacouras Center with its buzzed-about lineup of performers. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for a schedule that includes Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, Foster the People, Rakim, Cults, Kreayshawn, Titus Andronicus, DJ ?uestlove, Nikki Jean, Sun Airway, the Budos Band, Patty Crash, Charles Bradley, Mates of State, Zee Avi, Black Landlord, and Anamanaguchi. The Food Bazaar moves to the Piazza at Schmidts from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday with the Philadelphia Film & Music Festival-connected Girard Fest, which has its own full slate of bands including Cheers Elephant.
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April 26, 2001 | By Deborah Bolling INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
If the thought of sitting through a performance of 37 plays written by the Bard himself seems about as much fun as cleaning all the windows in your house with a toothbrush, the newest offering from the Celebration Theater might surprise you. The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), a 97-minute, three-actor spoof that originated in London, is running until May 5 at the Twentieth Century Club on Lansdowne Avenue. Written as pure slapstick, the show is intended to appeal to everyone - even those who know nothing about Shakespeare.
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September 18, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Speakest thou to me, pal? En garde! Fights - with swords (broad and not), daggers, rapiers, pikes, and cutlasses, plus various arm-twistings and foot-stompings - are front and center in this gleeful kill-fest, featuring the most violent, difficult, and hazardous-to-actors fight scenes from Shakespeare's plays. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre highlights the scenes that keep the combat choreographers in business. This collage of the "bloody bits" was written by Derek Davidson and directed by Kevin McGuire; the opening gambit is the famous "O for a muse of fire" speech from Henry V , over-emoted by Deaon Griffin-Pressley, who is silenced by a punch in the mouth.
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June 3, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Will Sheff, the leader of Okkervil River, the mostly Austin, Texas-based band that will co-headline The Trocadero on Friday night, with New Jersey punk-rockers Titus Andronicus opening, was on the phone last week from Brooklyn, where he has lived for the last three years. And since it was his first day home after three weeks on the road, Sheff was not only fielding questions about I Am Very Far, the well-wrought and rocked-out new Okkervil River album, he was also taking care of domestic duties.
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September 18, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Speakest thou to me, pal? En garde! Fights - with swords (broad and not), daggers, rapiers, pikes, and cutlasses, plus various arm-twistings and foot-stompings - are front and center in this gleeful kill-fest, featuring the most violent, difficult, and hazardous-to-actors fight scenes from Shakespeare's plays. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre highlights the scenes that keep the combat choreographers in business. This collage of the "bloody bits" was written by Derek Davidson and directed by Kevin McGuire; the opening gambit is the famous "O for a muse of fire" speech from Henry V , over-emoted by Deaon Griffin-Pressley, who is silenced by a punch in the mouth.
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December 10, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Before we get going with the following playlist of 2012 big hits and might-have-beens, I'd like to make my apologies. First, dear reader, if you were intent on finding Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" or Psy's "Gangnam Style" here, I'm sorry. The latter is best appreciated on YouTube, and the former, come to think of it, is as well - I recommend the version with Jepsen, Jimmy Fallon, and the Roots playing toy instruments. And I have my own regrets about the 23-song list that follows.
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December 4, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The stage at Plays & Players Theatre these days looks like a combination hamster cage/prison cell/Lego village, an environment that seems too tiny to hold several of the city's most outsized theatrical practitioners. The staging of bunkbeds and cartoon props may physically squeeze Dave Jadico (comic thespian, writer, 1812 Productions staple) and Aaron Cromie (director, actor, mask- and puppet-maker). But nothing gets in the way of the fast-moving, belly-flopping, arm-flailing duo in Dave & Aaron Go to Work , a silent film-inspired comedy that's equal parts Buster Keaton and The Odd Couple . The play, now in previews, opens this week.
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October 20, 2012 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles has no qualms about borrowing from the past. Over the course of three albums, his band, originally from Glen Rock, N.J., has combined punk-rock brio with historical, literary, and philosophical allusions. On 2010's The Monitor , Titus Andronicus conflated Civil War references and Abraham Lincoln quotations with the saga of a modern-day young adult in the middle of an existential crisis. On "In a Big City" from the album Local Business , which comes out Monday, a day before the band plays the First Unitarian Church, Stickles drops a line from Hamlet's "to be or not to be" soliloquy into a song that blatantly alludes to the '80s hit "In a Big Country.
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July 23, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Dr. Nathan R. Carb Jr. was a memorable teacher, his students and colleagues said when he marked his 50th year of teaching at Rowan University in 2009. "I teach, I try to entertain, and I hope you learn," Dr. Carb told a class the day an Inquirer reporter visited. "That gives me the impression I exist. " Taking notes, a student asked, "Dr. Carb, can you repeat that?" "Very likely not," he said. "It's all spontaneous. " On Saturday, June 30, Dr. Carb, 79, chairman of the English department from 1983 to 2003 at what is now Rowan University, died of multiple systems atrophy at his home in Pitman.
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April 20, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
I had been dutifully watching the trailer for Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's new production of Titus Andronicus , listening to Aaron Cromie, who directs it, burble on, talking-head style, about going to graduate school, blah blah blah. And then his head started to bleed. And the blood gushed down his face, and still he talked. This, I said to myself, is going to be a Titus Andronicus to remember. And so it is. Rarely performed because of its impossibly gruesome events, Titus Andronicus includes three behandings, one betonguing, many beheadings, and an assortment of rape, gouging, stabbing, slicing, bloodletting, and cannibalism.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2011
Music "Popped! Music Festival. " This festival moved from FDR Park to the Liacouras Center with its buzzed-about lineup of performers. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for a schedule that includes Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, Foster the People, Rakim, Cults, Kreayshawn, Titus Andronicus, DJ ?uestlove, Nikki Jean, Sun Airway, the Budos Band, Patty Crash, Charles Bradley, Mates of State, Zee Avi, Black Landlord, and Anamanaguchi. The Food Bazaar moves to the Piazza at Schmidts from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday with the Philadelphia Film & Music Festival-connected Girard Fest, which has its own full slate of bands including Cheers Elephant.
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June 3, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Will Sheff, the leader of Okkervil River, the mostly Austin, Texas-based band that will co-headline The Trocadero on Friday night, with New Jersey punk-rockers Titus Andronicus opening, was on the phone last week from Brooklyn, where he has lived for the last three years. And since it was his first day home after three weeks on the road, Sheff was not only fielding questions about I Am Very Far, the well-wrought and rocked-out new Okkervil River album, he was also taking care of domestic duties.
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December 12, 2010 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Being a pop music fan these days is more about songs than albums. By now, that's a certainty, if not a cliche: iPods and MP3s broke the CD into little pieces, and now we're all free to assemble our personal playlist puzzles. But that's not the half of it. In 2010, it's not just about songs. It's about memes and tweets and YouTube videos, links and posts and status updates. It's about the Internet, and how the Web that made music free now makes music fans - and music-makers - free to overshare and obsess, all the time.
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November 5, 2010 | By MOLLY EICHEL, eichelm@phillynews.com 215-854-5909
The title of Sara Marcus ' new book says it all: Girls to the Front . For a female concertgoer, that seemingly simple request gives her a space of her own, a place to listen to music and dance uninterrupted. But in the late '80s and early '90s, it was a call to action for young women who were giving birth to their own feminist wave and who had seen too few of their kind playing music onstage. It was also a rallying cry for the riot-grrrl movement, a collusion of feminism and punk rock that birthed bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile and Huggy Bear.
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