September 15, 2016
By Marisa Porges If current polls prove accurate, the United States will elect its first woman as president this November. She would join 22 female presidents, prime ministers, and chancellors, from Great Britain to South Korea, Germany to Argentina, bringing the total number of female heads of state to 23 out of a possible 195. While a historic moment in the struggle for gender parity, the real story lies in the winding path we took to get here -...
August 18, 2016 |
Hey there, Gabby Douglas. I know you're busy winding things down in Rio, where the U.S. women's gymnastics team has dazzled the world. But if you have a sec, I'd like to introduce you to Ronnie's Law of Inverse Evidence, which I hope gives you new appreciation for your haters. But first, three anecdotes. The first is about a woman I know with breast cancer who is excited that chemo has made her hair fall out. She sees her baldness as evidence that the medicine is doing its important work, which is to kill the cancer cells that are trying to kill her. She's so excited, she never wears the wig she bought to cover her head.
July 2, 2016 |
By any measure, federal authorities said Thursday, she is an extraordinary young woman. A 24-year-old nursing assistant who, from the moment she was violently snatched off a Germantown street two years ago, had the presence of mind to leave behind the trail of clues that eventually would aid in her rescue. One who, even while locked in the trunk of her abductor's car as he drove her across three states, attentively noted the noises his tires made as he switched from paved to unpaved roads - a trick she'd picked up from a movie.
June 23, 2016 |
A young woman whose tortured and handcuffed body was found near the Mann Center in Fairmount Park last week was killed by two friends over an $800 debt, police said Tuesday. Shavon Armstrong, 39, was charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery, and related offenses Friday in the death of Toy Charda Bryant, 26, of Chester, whose body was found by a young couple along the 5300 block of Georges Hill Drive in Fairmount Park about 8:15 a.m. June 14, according to police. "She believed she owed her $800, and because of that she abducted her, tortured her, and killed her," Homicide Capt.
June 21, 2016
_ ODD MOM OUT. 10 p.m. Monday, Bravo. Jill (Jill Kargman) flirts with the idea of going back to work in the Season 2 opener of her comedy about life on the Upper East Side. Showrunners Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, Germantown Friends grads, also wrote for Sex and the City. _ GREENLEAF. 10 p.m. Tuesday, 9 and 10 p.m. Wednesday, OWN. Then moves to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. Yes, it's a two-night, three-hour premiere. Oprah Winfrey, who has her name on the channel, also has a recurring role in this drama, centered on a Southern megachurch.
April 26, 2016 |
Two years ago, I reviewed Roundabout Theatre Company's stylish production of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal on Broadway. I wondered then, given the play's dated gender politics and dated expressionist theatricality, why bother to revive it after 86 years. EgoPo Theatre Company has provided the answer: Its stunning production, just opened under Brenna Geffers' superb direction, makes the play both relevant and riveting. Machinal premiered in 1928, the same year that Ruth Snyder was electrocuted at Sing Sing prison for murdering her husband.
April 12, 2016 |
_ JACKIE ROBINSON. 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, WHYY12. Friday marks the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn Dodgers debut. Ken Burns (Baseball) devotes two nights to the man (below, with his wife, Rachel) who broke baseball's color line, someone whose story you may only think you know. _ THE DETOUR. 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, TBS. Jason Jones (The Daily Show) and Natalie Zea (Justified) star in a new comedy - created by Jones with his wife, Full Frontal star Samantha Bee - about a family on a very bad road trip.
April 10, 2016
The Detour Jason Jones ( The Daily Show ) and Natalie Zea ( Justified ) star in a new comedy - created by Jones with his wife, Full Frontal host Samantha Bee - about a family on a hilariously bad road trip. 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday on TBS. Game of Silence A lawyer (David Lyons) is drawn back into the darkest period of his boyhood by old friends looking for his help. 10 p.m. Tuesday on NBC. The Mindy Project As Season 4 resumes, big changes lie ahead for Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling)
April 10, 2016
* NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER. 9 p.m. Saturday, HBO. Every mother has stories worth hearing, but few have as many as Gloria Vanderbilt - heiress, artist, and inventor of the designer jean - or a son so equipped to draw them out. Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against the World ) directed this absorbing documentary. * OUTLANDER. 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz. Season 2 brings big changes for Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) as they flee to Paris.
February 21, 2016 |
Sally Johnston has been chaperoning - perhaps mother-henning is a better way to put it - Miss New Jerseys for 50 years. Some of the 50 or 60 young women she has taken under her wing have become like daughters to this 78-year-old mother of three daughters of her own. Many have become good friends. Only one, says Johnston, she hopes not to see again. But a special few, like Cara McCollum, Miss New Jersey 2013, have transcended all those boundaries to become "like an angel" in Johnston's life.