May 31, 2013 |
THOMAS: You might say this play is about . . . beware of what you wish for. VANDA: Because she might come walking in the door. And so she does. In David Ives' brilliant play "Venus in Fur," being given a dazzling production by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Thomas, a playwright who has been auditioning terrible actresses all day long, is still wishing for one who can convincingly play the role of Vanda. And in stumbles an actress named, of all things, Vanda, who, mysteriously, already knows the script by heart and who, hilariously, has a bag full of thrift-store costumes to suit the part.
May 21, 2013 |
Many human relationships - on the street, in the office, in the bedroom, on the stage - boil down to simple sadomasochism. That dynamic is ably explored in David Ives' superbly aware play Venus in Fur , presented by the Philadelphia Theatre Company through June 23. Previews begin Friday at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Venus in Fur , in which Fur is singular, takes off from (but isn't really based on) a famous/notorious 1870 erotic novel, Venus in Furs , in which Furs is plural, by Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
May 14, 2013
Laura Robson , a 19-year-old British player, beat Venus Williams , 6-3, 6-2, on Monday in the first round of the Italian Open in Rome to set up a second-round match with Venus' sister, top-ranked Serena Williams . Robson won the Wimbledon junior title at 14. BOXING: Former Olympic gold medalist and world champion Meldrick Taylor has joined the staff at Champions of Tomorrow promotions. The 46-year-old Philadelphia native is helping to promote a June 20 boxing card in Essington.
April 7, 2013
At the Family Circle Cup on Saturday in Charleston, S.C., Serena Williams routed Venus Williams , 6-1, 6-2, in the most one-sided match the sisters' long rivalry. Top-ranked Serena, who won her 14th straight match at Family Circle, will play for her second straight title in this tournament Sunday against Jelena Jankovic . Jankovic, the 2007 champion, defeated Stefanie Voegele , 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2 in the other semifinal. This was the first time since 2009 the Williams sisters were playing each other in a tournament.
April 6, 2013
Top-ranked Serena Williams ended a long and successful day for the Williams family as she and sister Venus both won twice Friday in Charleston, S.C., to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals and set up their first sibling showdown since 2009. Serena won her 13th straight match by defeating sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova , 6-4, 6-1. Earlier, she topped two-time NCAA doubles champ Mallory Burdette in a third-round match moved due to Thursday's 71/2-hour rain delay. Venus also had double duty, rallying past Varvara Lepchenko in three sets before ousting 18-year-old Madison Keys later on Billie Jean King Court.
January 19, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova leaned back, pumped her arms and screamed after her 6-1, 6-3 win Friday over Venus Williams in the Australian Open, her first over the seven-time Gram Slam winner. This was a match clearly worth celebrating, but in the end it was just a preliminary win and there's a lot of tennis left. "I was just really pumped," Sharapova said. Her exuberant celebration had little effect on Williams, who barely acknowledged it as she made her way from the court.
January 14, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova finished her first match of the year in 55 minutes Monday, cruising to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Olga Puchkova to start proceedings on center court at the Australian Open without showing any signs of trouble with her sore right shoulder. The No. 2-ranked Sharapova, who lost the final to Victoria Azarenka here last year before going on to win the French Open, faced only two break points in the match and she saved both of those in the first game.
October 22, 2012
Venus Williams won her first WTA tournament in more than two years, beating Monica Niculescu , 6-2, 6-3, to take the Luxembourg Open title on Sunday. Slowed by injuries and illness for two seasons, the 32-year-old Williams won her 44th singles title playing steady tennis throughout the 1-hour, 22-minute match against the error-prone Niculescu. In Sweden, Tomas Berdych rallied past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga , 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the Stockholm Open final. Caroline Wozniacki won her 20th title, beating Samantha Stosur , 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
August 3, 2012 |
WIMBLEDON, England - Venus and Serena Williams were so eager to reach the Olympics semifinals they collided and tumbled to the grass chasing a shot Thursday. They won the point and the match, beating No. 2-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy, 6-1, 6-1. Serena was at the net and prepared to hit a shot when Venus came forward to take it. "She said, 'Mine,' and she said, 'Mine,' again," Serena said. "I was like, 'I don't know why I'm not stopping.' " "I really didn't see what happened," Venus said.