January 16, 2003 |
There are many perplexing hows and whys along the deceptive road to Whoville, and consequently, Seussical the Musical is something of a confusical. Although the show is a pleasant and innocuous entertainment, it is beset by unresolved questions. Should it aim primarily at young children, or cast a wider net and seek to appeal to adults? What tone should it adopt? Which stories and characters from the boundless creations of Theodore Geisel should it choose? And, above all, how can this world of fantasy be given a persuasive theatrical reality?
March 14, 2008 |
On the 14th of March on your favorite screen, Seuss lovers - and who is not? - may now heave a sigh of relief. Unlike those behind the recent live-action grotesqueries The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat , the makers of the Horton Hears a Who! , a most genial animation, do well by the great, good medic of metrical writing. Even better, they honor the smile-making delight of Seuss' drawing style, too. As any 5-year-old can tell you, Horton's story is quite simple.
November 17, 2000 |
You can right away see where "The Grinch" went wrong. Way back at the beginning, at the first story meeting, when some deep thinker at the studio leafed through "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," furrowed his brow and raised the usual knee-jerk question about the title character. "OK, he steals all of the stockings, snacks and gifts in Whoville, but. . .what's his motivation?" His motivation, bub, is that he is a Grinch. Hence the name. It was the particular genius of Theodor Geisel to invent words, words that could, by their very sound, suggest an idea, or even a personality - what the poets call onomatopoeia.
December 22, 1994 |
Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot But the Grinch - who lived just north of Whoville - did not. - Dr. Seuss, "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" The Grinch has struck again - this time in South Philly. Just days after a noise complaint nearly cost Salvation Army fund-raisers in Center City a $300 fine, comes word that the city is cracking down on the Christmas spirit on South 7th Street. As a result, Paul and Geraldine Ulerick, of 7th Street near Johnston, face a $300 fine for continuing a neighborhood tradition they started 28 years ago. Following an anonymous complaint by a neighbor, an inspector for the Health Department's Air Management Division issued the couple a violation for playing Christmas music from the roof of their two-story brick rowhouse.
May 22, 2009 |
Kids can become chefs-in-training and taste the flavors of Pennsylvania this Memorial Day weekend at the second annual Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest at the Mount Hope Estate & Winery. The annual festival, geared toward children and adults, signals the beginning of summer in Pennsylvania, offering 30 acres of fun, food, and entertainment. This year, FlavorFest features a Crafty Kids area where children can explore Pennsylvania's culinary and artisan worlds through hands-on activities and demonstrations.
October 10, 2011
Parx Racing Results, Oct. 9 1st-$45,000 2YO Pa-bred maiden special weight 51/2F Loud Roar (Laureano Flores) 4.80 2.80 2.20 Azu Were (Edwin Rivera) 8.40 4.40 My Dream Catcher (David Cora) 2.40 Exacta (5-7) paid 27.60. Trifecta (5-7-2) paid 77.40. Off 12:30:51. Time 1:05:4. Scratched- Cuvee Avenue, Ictalurus. 2d-$25,000 F&M 3YO&up, cl, $5,000 11/16 M Kat's Mystery (Alexis Batista) 9.00 4.40 4.00 Berengaria (Luis Rivera, Jr.) 3.60 3.40 Record High (Kristina McManigell)
November 22, 2007 |
Now Jillian Smith isn't sure when or how she'll get to Broadway. And the old saw of an answer - "Practice!" - isn't much of a comfort. She and her college friends had arranged, rearranged, and re-rearranged busy school and work schedules so they could travel to see Legally Blonde on stage last Saturday, which would have been, well, the coolest thing. Instead, they are among those who are finding out that the impact of the New York theater strike reaches all the way to Philadelphia.
November 12, 2000 |
Can a crinkly, green, fuzz-headed Jim Carrey save the day? Can Bruce Willis and M. Night Shyamalan reignite? Can Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt bring witty romance back to the multiplex? In the final seven weeks of the year - historically a time of high-profile and high-profit releases - film fans and Hollywood types alike are looking for a few good pics to make up for what everyone concedes has been a stunningly lackluster year. Though ticket sales to date are down just 1 percent from last year's record-breaking sums, there hasn't been anywhere near the excitement generated by 1999's slate.