August 24, 2012 |
DAVID CROCKETT had been driving from Overbrook to work in Trenton two summers ago when he decided to cut the cost of his daily commute by using SEPTA. "Everyone was telling me, 'If you took the train, it would be cheaper,' " said Crockett, who works in real-estate development and construction management. On Sept. 1, 2010, perhaps his third day of riding SEPTA, Crockett said, he was exiting the R7 train in Trenton when one of the spring-loaded trapdoors that cover the train's stairwells popped open, cutting him on the right leg, where he still has a scar.
June 14, 2011 |
At first, it seems an impractical, maybe impossible, feat for a musical: Land a helicopter on stage at the story's climax and, with two actors safely secured, make it fly away 40 seconds later. Oh - and do it in America's oldest theater, where old-school sandbags and ropes still make up the bulk of backstage technology. But show after show, the cast and crew of the Walnut Street Theatre's production of Miss Saigon have done precisely that. It's not just the visual splendor of the helicopter's flight that grabs the audience during the poignant "evacuation scene," in which American soldier Chris (Eric Kunze)
March 17, 2011
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March 8, 2009 |
It was 2005, the height of the real estate market (remember when?), and the Cape Cod in Blue Bell was being shown for just one day. Lisa and Paul Lonie, who had been looking for a non-tract house with a water feature, had but 20 minutes to make a bid. Drawn to the 2-acre property by its well-tended landscaping and a large pond with a Monet-style bridge, they took the plunge. "And I went, 'Oh my God, what are we doing?' " Lisa Lonie recalled. With two of their three children out of the house, they would be trading their six-bedroom Victorian in East Mount Airy and its postage-stamp yard for a tight three-bedroom built in 1964 using plans purchased from Better Homes and Gardens.
July 31, 2003 |
Philadelphia police yesterday announced a series of firearms confiscations under the department's new Gun Recovery Reward Information Program (GRRIP), aimed at reducing the number of illegal weapons in the city. Chief Inspector William Blackburn Jr. said officers seized a semiautomatic AR-15 assault rifle - the civilian version of the army's M-16 - a shotgun and a handgun in a raid earlier in the day in the 1300 block of South 51st Street. During a search of the house, investigators also found five ounces of crack cocaine and a police radio that had been reported lost in 1998.
January 11, 2001 |
A man who authorities say trolled Chester city streets looking for prostitutes was charged yesterday with killing one of them in his apartment last summer, then wrapping her body in plastic and hiding it in the basement. Michael Davies, 43, of the 400 block of Pusey Avenue, was arraigned on first-degree murder charges in the disappearance and death of Marla Opher, 34, whose body was found July 15 in a tiny closet beneath the basement stairs of his building. "A number of facts were put together [during the investigation]
August 31, 2000 |
The playground is the new domain of pop. Following the hysterical success that greeted the Spice Girls, the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, Britney Spears' debut . . . Baby One More Time has just been certified as having sold five million copies. After eight years of the greatest economic expansion in U.S. history, it turns out baby-sitters have all the money. Actually, judging from the crowd at Spears' concert Sunday night at the Tower Theater, it's not the sitters, it's the sittees.
September 16, 1997 |
While you were at the beach, the Academy of Music was undergoing $4 million worth of major surgery, followed by a facelift, a tummy tuck and cosmetic enhancements. Since midnight on June 2, just after the final performance of the Pennsylvania Ballet's "Sleeping Beauty," around-the-clock shifts have labored to meet today's 10:30 a.m. deadline - a Philadelphia Orchestra rehearsal for tonight's gala opening concert, followed by Thursday's regular 98th season opener. The construction represents the middle year of a five-year, $40 million project to transform the Grand Old Lady of Locust Street from an 1857 opera house with antique facilities (like a curtain operated by rope pulls)
July 28, 1995 |
It's safe to say that Sophocles, who wrote Oedipus at Colonus as a kind of valedictory and summing-up near the end of his 90-year life, would be quite baffled by the stomping, shouting resurrection musical that Lee Breuer and Bob Telson made of his play in 1983. Yet it's also a good bet that if the old Greek had seen The Gospel at Colonus, which is what Breuer and Telson called their version of Oedipus' sanctuary and ultimate death, it probably wouldn't have offended his notion of what good theater ought to be. Theater, Sophocles might have said, should stir the blood of the populace with stories of great events, stories that plumb the deepest mysteries of human existence.