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July 13, 2010
Temple University Repertory Theater, a new professional summer company, launched last weekend with Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov and William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure , which will run in alternating performances. The professional casts are composed of mid-career students in the theater department's master of fine arts program, plus faculty. Following are reviews of the inaugural productions.
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June 3, 1989 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
The Jamison Project, a dance troupe founded a year ago by the Philadelphia- born dancer-choreographer Judith Jamison, will be in residence at the University of the Arts from Monday through July 28. During the eight-week period, Jamison will rehearse her company for a national tour, teach in the university's dance department and at various city sites, give lecture-demonstrations, and present performances of works in progress. Jamison and members of her troupe will give a lecture-demonstration at 11 a.m. July 27 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at 3 p.m. July 28 at the University's Great Hall at Broad and Pine Streets.
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March 21, 1994 | For The Inquirer / H. RUMPH JR
Footlighters Theater took first place in a field of six nonprofit companies at Saturday's Pennsylvania Community Theater Festival. The troupes performed one-act plays or excerpts from full-length plays at the Footlighters' Berwyn venue and were judged by three stage directors. Footlighters won for "I Hate Hamlet" and will travel to Washington in April for a regional competition. West Chester and Barley Sheaf Players won first runner-up and will be the alternate.
NEWS
October 12, 1990 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
Moscow's famed Bolshoi Ballet has produced an offspring. Bolshoi artistic director Yuri Grigorovich announced at a news conference yesterday that he had formed the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Company, a 60- member touring troupe. The junior Bolshoi will debut Nov. 23 at Texas A&M University with Grigorovich's version of The Nutcracker. It also will visit several other cities, as yet unnamed, through December. Philadelphia may be included in the company's itinerary in the spring, organizers said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 1992 | By Nancy Goldner, INQUIRER DANCE CRITIC
In these hard-pressed financial times, when most dance companies are fearing for their futures, here comes a troupe with nothing but a future, the brand-new Dances/Greg Myers & Company. This troupe, founded by former ZeroMoving dancer Greg Myers, made its debut last night at Temple University's Conwell Dance Theater, with a promising program of four pieces, all choreographed by Myers. It began with a surprisingly formal study in movement - surprising because even though Myers dances alone against a quartet of dancers, his aloneness has no thematic fallout.
NEWS
December 24, 1996 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Heralds, an ecumenical musical troupe, is seeking new members. The 15-year-old group performs a Lenten musical called Celebrate Life in area churches. Practice will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Incarnation-Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church, 3000 Garrett Rd., Drexel Hill. For more information, call 610-328-6300. CANDLELIGHT SERVICES Christmas Eve candlelight services will be held at the following times and places: At 7:30 p.m. at Aston Presbyterian Church, Concord Road and Baldwin Run Drive.
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September 24, 1990 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
A rijsttafel is a hearty spread of Indonesian food, usually eaten once a week and set out for hours at a time. Americans might call it a smorgasbord. Last night at the Painted Bride, a 16-member troupe of musicians and singers from Indonesia presented a rijsttafel of classical, folk and popular music from the Sundanese culture, which occupies the western third of Java. The troupe, which is traveling across the country as part of the Festival of Indonesia, represented a culture that is related to, but distinctive from, that of the rest of Java.
NEWS
April 16, 1988 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
Teatro Del Sur is not just from Argentina. The theater troupe is of Argentina as much as the pampas, and when it travels abroad it brings its native country with it. Last year on its U.S. tour, the highly creative company brought a piece that dealt with the Argentine problem of the "disappeared," the many people who vanished under the country's deposed brutal military dictatorship. On its present visit, the troupe is performing Warsaw Tango, which, as the title implies, seems to be about the country's most famous and popular dance style.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 1992 | By Jack Lloyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
More and more frequently, the publicists in Atlantic City seem unable to avoid the temptation to excitedly announce, "The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming," which you may recall is the title of a vintage movie produced in the days that the Soviet Union was regarded as an evil, godless place - a threat to our way of life. Naturally, the Russians who have been coming to Atlantic City during the last several years have hit the Jersey Shore with intentions of conquering only our hearts.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 1994 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
If the newly created Genuine Myth theater was going to call itself after its first production, you wonder why it didn't lead off with Hamlet or Death of a Salesman or some other play of generally recognized quality. Genuine Myth, the comedy by Ben Siegler that the fledgling troupe is presenting at Chestnut Hill Academy's Conkey Performing Arts Center, is hardly a play that will make anyone's list of memorable works. Genuine Myth is Genuine Myth's only production this year, but the company plans to mount a three-season play in the Chestnut Hill facility next summer.
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April 23, 2015 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
On one of last winter's snowy nights, playgoers arrived at the door of a Bala Cynwyd home, shed their jackets and boots, and took their seats - in this case, bridge chairs scattered around a living room. At "curtain time" - although the only curtains were on the windows - Deborah Baer Mozes, a petite woman with a megawatt smile, greeted those assembled, and gave a brief orientation. It was showtime at Salon Ariel - a theater troupe that makes house calls, if you will - and at the front of the room were the actors who would be performing a reading of a full-length play called Hungry Heart . The latest iteration of intimate, in-home performances - think home concerts - Salon Ariel hopes to fill a void in the theater world.
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November 29, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Get ready to boogie this weekend when the Hip Hop Fundamentals dance troupe performs and instructs at the Please Touch Museum. Learn about the history of hip-hop while dancing and grooving. You'll also learn about dance styles including break dancing. The troupe uses hip-hop as a vehicle to teach academics and break dancing to inspire positive change in youth.   Hip Hop Fundamentals, noon and 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
As someone who would happily pay to watch Soledad Barrio drink coffee in her kitchen, I was excited to hear that this remarkable, much-honored dancer - star of the Madrid troupe Noche Flamenca - would be returning to Philadelphia after a lengthy absence. Thursday through Saturday the Annenberg Center presents the East Coast premiere of Antigona , an innovative work by Martín Santangelo, the company's artistic director and Barrio's husband. Antigona is based on Sophocles' classical Greek tragedy Antigone . It tells the story of a heroic young woman who defies Thebes' ruler by burying her brother, Polyneices, who had fought on the wrong side during the recent civil war. His corpse was therefore supposed to remain on the battlefield, to be picked at by carrion birds.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the Pennsport headquarters of the Golden Sunrise New Year's Association, 54 years' worth of sequins, feathers, and satin are shrouded in plastic sheeting - makeshift protection from the leaks that seem to multiply every time it rains. This crumbling clubhouse - and the 28 staunch members who spend nights and weekends laboring over glittering sea horses, towering scarecrows, and miscellaneous tiki-theme set pieces - are what's left of the Mummers' Fancy Division, which has dwindled from three clubs in 2010 to two in January, and now to just this one. Golden Sunrise may not have the finances to sustain its craft for another year.
NEWS
October 10, 2014
TO A LARGE degree, the story of modern-day comedy has been written primarily in a handful of towns. New York and Los Angeles, obviously, are among them, but two others are just as important: Chicago and Toronto. Both are permanent residences of Second City, the groundbreaking improvisational-comedy troupe that has been the training ground for a mind-boggling number of comedy megastars from Joan Rivers and Robert Klein to John Belushi and Gilda Radner , from Martin Short and Catherine O'Hara to Tina Fey and three current "Saturday Night Live" cast members.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pamela Madger Sommerfield, 83, cofounder of the American Historical Theatre, a Philadelphia troupe, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Tuesday, July 8, at Foothill Acres, a rehabilitation and nursing center in Hillsborough, N.J. Born in Singapore, Mrs. Sommerfield grew up near London and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama there, a daughter, Lynn Berry, said. She and friends established the Saints, an amateur drama group, outside London while she worked for a time at Canada House near Trafalgar Square.
NEWS
May 16, 2014
WE ALL have our ideas for civic improvement (like putting a roof over the Penn's Landing portion of I-95 or abolishing the Philadelphia Parking Authority). Well, here's another: force 1812 Productions to make "This Is the Week That Is" a year-round proposition. We can't guarantee this would make Philly better, but it certainly would make it much funnier. Unfortunately, as it stands, this year's edition of the ripped-from-the-headlines laugh-fest ends its six-week run June 1, so you have but two weeks to see this comedy cavalcade that delivers on numerous levels.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, For The Inquirer
Good vision in low light is essential to enjoying Alchemia , which Momix brought to the Annenberg Center last weekend. The gloam can hide the scraps and bits that would make the piece seem magical. But for those with healthy peepers, Alchemia is a brilliant journey into a surreal otherworld where earth, water, air, and fire - in the form of dancers, music, lighting, and props - do their thing. Moses Pendleton, choreographer of the "Doves of Peace" segment of the Sochi Olympics' opening ceremony, is the "Mo" in Momix.
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March 9, 2014 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
The last time choreographer Doug Elkins appeared in Philadelphia five years ago, he brought his hit "Fraulein Maria," a delightful frolic. The two frothy pieces he offers for the Dance Celebration Series, presented by Dance Affiliates and the Annenberg Center, are not as fully fleshed, but have an audience-pleasing frivolity and terrific performers. From his new pick-up company, Doug Elkins Choreography Etc., come "Mo(or)town/Redux" and "Hapless Bizarre," which opened Thursday. In "Hapless Bizarre" (a title I'm unable to decipher)
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN Edwin Huntingdon Parker's Philadelphia apartment was robbed, he shrugged and said, "They probably needed it more than me. " That sounded like Parker. He was generous and forgiving almost to a fault. "He was honest even when it was to his detriment," said longtime friend Robert Kahn, AIDS activist and supervisor in the city's Anti-Bias Agency. "He was one of the most honest, positive and generous people I have ever known. " Edwin Huntingdon Parker, well-known in the theater world as a costume designer who worked with local theater and opera companies and toured the world with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, died Feb. 9 of metastatic lung cancer.
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