August 13, 2016
By Sally Friedman In the short space of a couple of weeks, I watched as a radiant young bride floated down the aisle to her groom - and as two women I admire said goodbye to their husbands in different ways. Life's contrasts, for sure. One wife lost her husband to illness after a long marriage. The other had the ultimate pain of placing her husband in a care facility because his Alzheimer's had become unmanageable at home. And then there was that wedding, drenched in the sweetness of young love.
April 10, 2016 |
Arnaud Desplechin, whose playful movie My Golden Days , about young love, is now in theaters, is the greatest contemporary French filmmaker no one has ever heard of. Well, maybe "no one" is a bit of a stretch. Last month, to honor the U.S. release of My Golden Days , the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted a retrospective of the writer/director's work. It is possible, in his movies, to see Francois Truffaut (restless romance) and Martin Scorsese (gear-shifting, genre-switching)
February 2, 2015 |
The emotion really hit Thaddeus Young when he arrived at his hotel Thursday night. The Minnesota Timberwolves forward said he was greeted by countless fans as he prepared for his first trip back to Philadelphia as an ex-76er. "At the hotel, the people received me and said they missed me and it's been crazy," Young said before Friday's game at the Wells Fargo center against the Timberwolves. Young was gratified by a gesture done by the Sixers, who framed three of his old Philadelphia jerseys and had them waiting for him in the Timberwolves locker.
September 6, 2013 |
The Greeks drank to it. Shakespeare rhapsodized about it. But young love has never been fetishized more than in modern pop culture. As far as TV and the movies are concerned, romance exists only for twentysomething hardbodies with tight abs and heaving bosoms. Not so Alan and Celia, the septuagenarians who fall passionately in love in PBS' superb six-part dramedy, Last Tango in Halifax , which premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday. Played to perfection by stage and screen virtuosi Sir Derek Jacobi, 74, and Anne Reid, 78, Alan and Celia knew each other 60 years ago when, as teenagers, they secretly developed crushes on each other.
August 19, 2013 |
For gifts, they asked for vinyl records. And teaching supplies for their classrooms. Will and Jamie Reid held their May 26 wedding at the College of Physicians, choosing that site because it was, like them, a little quirky, home to the famous Mutter Museum with its collection of medical oddities. They were so happy that Sunday, friends recalled, the evening cool and dry and the couple brimming with youth and vitality, their successful college careers complete, their lives as Philadelphia schoolteachers ahead, their home on Broad Street a base for exploring the city.
July 19, 2013
Taylor Swift No one's doing more to break down the barriers between country and pop than Taylor Swift. Maybe that's because no one else in contemporary music can touch the hearts of (mostly teen) girls - and spark their shrieks - quite like this 23-year-old Wyomissing singer/songwriter/guitar (and banjo!) player, wearing her heart on her sleeve and in your favorite gossip column/mag/show/website/tweet. "Hi, I'm Taylor," she announces herself to the crowd. "I write songs about feelings.
February 16, 2013 |
Reprinted from Thursday's edition. There is no Starbucks in sleepy Gatlin, S.C., laments young Ethan Wate, so it's completely understandable that he wants out. High school is a drag, too, and the sole movie theater can't even get the titles right on its marquee. But then Lena Duchannes, glamorously Goth, moves into town, and Ethan's world is upended. It's as if a spell had been cast, which, in the over-the-top supernatural teen romance Beautiful Creatures , isn't that surprising.
March 9, 2012 |
Lantern Theater Company's Romeo and Juliet begins before it begins: fights on the street, stealthy comings and goings, women are grabbed, rich, highborn men are drunk and belligerent. Everyone is armed to the teeth - swords and knives - and then somebody says "peace. " Yeah, right. What a place Verona is: Feuds, duels, and havoc will, as they say, ensue. The young star-crossed lovers will, through their suicides, teach their parents the need for reconciliation. This old, sad story is about two teenagers from warring families who have a moment of joy only to have things go terribly wrong through an agony of mistiming, mistakes, parental commands, and just plain bad luck.
January 24, 2012 |
The issue in Donald Margulies' engrossing drama Time Stands Still is not whether you can come home again. The issue is whether you can stay there. In a beautifully wrought production at Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, the play comes off as both realistic and deeply felt by its characters. Time Stands Stil l is about a complex woman - a news photographer (Susan McKey) much more at home on a battlefield than in her real home in Brooklyn, which she shares with a writer (Kevin Kelly)
November 29, 2011 |
A joke among diabetics is that we're not allowed to see The Sound of Music because of all the sugar. Well, there's plenty of the sweet stuff, but after adjusting my insulin pump at Media Theatre, something I'd forgotten hit me as the show progressed: its clear, dark side. The Sound of Music may be tra-la-la in a way that fogs all but the most rose-colored lenses, yet it's set in 1938 Austria, and as the plot creeps forward so does the German march on Europe. The tenor of the musical changes, at first subtly and then more so, until the ending, when it's clear that Austria will for all purposes lose its sovereignty.