Simon says: ‘Beach’ in Ambler a very pleasant place to visit

Curtain Call | June 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome  Neil Simon has written some of the English-speaking theater’s most popular plays. The prolific author of “Come Blow Your Horn,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” “Plaza Suite.” “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” “Lost in Yonkers,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” and so many other plays and musicals has quite possibly […]

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Priorities are important: a look at the NFL draft

From the Sidelines | April 26th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome News headlines from the last couple of weeks include the Philadelphia District Attorney being investigated for all manner of inappropriate financial issues; saber rattling by North Korea’s seemingly insane supreme leader, Kim Jong-un – and his sabers have nuclear points – the announcement that one of the area’s top arts organizations, the […]

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Alexander Hersh, social worker and professor

Obituaries | October 26th, 2016 | Leave a comment

Alexander Hersh, 91, formerly of Mt. Airy, a retired social worker and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, died Oct. 1 of cancer at Cathedral Village in Andorra. Mr. Hersh retired in 1990 as a professor of social work at Penn after teaching for 22 years. Earlier he had been a social worker at several […]

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Mt. Airy theater icon

Uncategorized | October 20th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Sara Garonzik, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre ceremony next Monday night, wasn’t a typical theater devotee as a kid. (Garonzik, 65, is currently the executive producing director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, which she has been a part of for four […]

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‘Bird’ sophomoric at times but graduates with honors

Curtain Call | September 29th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome “Stupid F&*king Bird,” Aaron Posner’s play with the media-unfriendly title, has been described as a “deconstruction” of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” Should, therefore, the theatergoer have a familiarity with the original Chekhov piece? Ideally no. But on opening night I felt as though there might be references in Posner’s piece that would […]

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Splendid revival of ‘South Pacific’ at Walnut Street

Curtain Call | September 22nd, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Back in 1949 when Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” opened on Broadway, musicals were almost always called “musical comedies.” While much of this magnificent show is very funny, it is anything but a traditional musical comedy. “South Pacific” is set during World War II on a remote island. Its plot involves war […]

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SCH’s new head of school ready for new chapter

Schools | September 8th, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Clark Groome Dr. Stephen L. Druggan, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s new head of school, arrived in Chestnut Hill at the beginning of July from his five years as deputy head of school for learning at the Jakarta Intercultural/International School in Indonesia. A veteran of more than 20 years of independent school experience abroad – […]

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Ruiz trade: Classy move for a classy guy

From the Sidelines | August 31st, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Everybody loves “Chooch” – always have, always will. When Carlos Ruiz was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, it created a citywide reaction that was both happy and sad. People were happy that Ruiz, the team’s principal catcher during its 2007-2011 glory years, would get a chance to participate in […]

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Get your money’s worth with songs of Cash

Curtain Call | July 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Clark Groome While there were always some of Johnny Cash’s songs that I really liked — most notably “A Boy Named Sue,” “I Walked the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues” — I was never a great fan. At least not until I saw “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” at People’s Light and […]

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