August 22, 1991 |
THE UGLY DUCKLING Random House Home Video, $14.95 Everyone gets a little teary over the fairy tale of the duckling who is tormented and teased before he grows up and discovers he's actually a swan. This version, nicely narrated by Cher, sticks faithfully to the tale. It takes viewers from the duckling's hatching among the nasty barnyard animals through his trials among cruel humans, malicious fellow animals and cold winters - until he emerges a snowy white swan. The illustrations have the feel of Japanese watercolors; they are done mostly in browns and grays, which makes the story feel somewhat grim.
May 5, 1986 |
John W. Davidson's mother has always loved him, of course. And she was quite proud of Davidson, the fixed-income guru of One Federal Asset Management in Boston, even before he suggested late last year that she buy a Treasury bond maturing in 15 years or so. Such bonds are the ugly ducklings of the government securities markets, Davidson said. For a variety of tax and liquidity reasons - factors that are very important to traders and their institutional clients - the Treasury bonds maturing early in the next century are "just not an actively traded part of the market," he said.
August 11, 2013 |
Picture a dreary-looking house sitting on a nice-size lot in Longport, N.J. It has dark-texture board outside and numerous small rooms inside, the kind of house a buyer with no remodeling plan would bypass in a second. Or maybe not. "We took a sledgehammer to it," says homeowner Sue Lutz, 59, referring to the one load-bearing wall that had stood near the main door. "We [also] took the ceiling down," says her husband, Fred, 61. "We needed to see what we could do. " Columns replaced that bearing wall, which wasn't the only one that went down on a whim.
February 22, 1988 |
Ugly guys may not be America's newest sex symbols, but you have to admit they have been getting a lot of good publicity lately. Ugly women haven't done as well . . . as usual. The newest hit on Broadway is "The Phantom of the Opera" - the story of a terribly disfigured man who hides in the shadows of a theater, yearning for the love of a beautiful young singer. In this musical version of the oft-told tale, audiences root for the Phantom. They - like the show's heroine - realize that beneath the mask he wears to hide his deformity is one great guy. And then there is Vincent, the hero of TV's popular "Beauty and the Beast.
June 15, 2009 |
It's a big week for Hans Christian Andersen in the Philadelphia area. Theatre Horizon's Honk!, a musical take on Andersen's 1843 children's story The Ugly Duckling, dovetails with Robert LePage's The Andersen Project, a very loose take on Andersen's lesser-known children's story The Dryad. Where LePage embraced the adult underpinnings of Andersen's themes, Honk!, written by Anthony Drew with music by George Styles, is family-friendly, though director Matthew Decker embraces the complexities of this barnyard's singing residents.
June 8, 1989 |
How's this? Envision Meryl Streep ugly and unpopular. Impossible, you say? But she says it was true in her childhood, in the '50s in the suburbs of northern New Jersey. "I thought no one liked me," she told a Time magazine reporter a decade ago. She described running from an irate crowd of youngsters and climbing a tree to escape them. "Besides that," Current Biography 1980 reports her as saying, "I was ugly. With my glasses and permanented hair, I looked like a mini-adult.
June 13, 2009 |
Once upon a time there was a boy, a very odd boy, an ugly duckling of a boy. This boy, Robert Lepage, would grow up to be the swan of the international avant-garde - directing Wagner as well as Cirque du Soleil, combining technology with architecture and puppets, each show stranger and more outrageous and more admired than the last. But the swan, though famous, was still looking for a creature like himself, just as he had when he was an ugly duckling. And finally he found another very odd boy, another ugly duckling who also grew into an international swan: Hans Christian Andersen.
November 30, 1987 |
What better way to tell fairy tales than to have children as the storytellers? That's exactly what the West Chester Barley Sheaf Players are doing this holiday season for their 14th Annual Christmas Show. The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish storyteller and poet, will come to life in ballet and music by students from area schools, with a little help from adults. His classics "The Ballet of the Red Shoes," "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Little Mermaid" will be presented at the players' theater, 29 Whitford Rd., Lionville.
September 24, 1987 |
In his narration of Rudyard Kipling's story "The Elephant's Child," actor Jack Nicholson revels in delivering the author's repetitive and alliterative description of "the great gray-green greasy Limpopo River. " Nicholson's performance points up the strength of Rabbit Ears Productions' videos of children's stories: These are videos in which the spoken word and the music are emphasized as much, or more, than the pictures. Indeed, each story is also a recording, and with not one word of the narration altered, almost all the tales are just as vivid without visual accompaniment.
August 25, 1993 |
Helene diSciullo, alas, can never find time to work in her garden because she's always working in someone else's. It's an occupational hazard for the soft-spoken landscape designer, especially at this time of year. But there's one garden she gladly dallies in, a lush, colorful little plot on the corner of the borough's busiest intersection. It is the borough green. DiSciullo designed it, did much of the planting, and now tends it like a newborn. "It was my most challenging job," she said Monday, strolling along one of the walkways in the green.