Superb acting in riveting ‘50s drama now at Stagecrafters

Arts | February 16th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter “Come Back, Little Sheba” (1949), now running at Stagecrafters, grips your attention. The classic William Inge play is about Lola and Doc, an early middle-aged couple. When young college girl Marie becomes their boarder, she stirs up memories and desires. Once set in motion, this rock will not stop rolling down the […]

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Bringing 69 years of wisdom, skill, to Mt. Airy stage

Arts | February 16th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Quintessence Theatre Group continues its eighth season with Samuel Beckett’s existentialist, absurdist play, “Waiting for Godot.” The classic work, first performed in Paris in 1953, features two local favorites and Barrymore Award winners, Frank X and long-time Mt. Airy resident Johnnie Hobbs Jr. The play runs through Feb. 18. In this work, […]

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Wins world competition, Mt. Airy drummer playing here

Arts | February 14th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Ari Hoenig, 44, who grew up in Mt. Airy and attended Germantown Friends School and then Central High School, has a feather in his musical cap that not many other musicians can claim. Hoenig, known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming, emphasizing complex rhythms, will be performing with two other […]

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Hiller nursing a career as brilliant abstract artist

Arts | February 8th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear After living in Chestnut Hill for 37 years, Kathleen Shaver, 64, one of the most brilliant abstract artists in the Greater Philadelphia area if not the country, will be moving next June with her husband, Dr. George Amrom, general & vascular surgeon and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Hahnemann Hospital, to […]

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Mt. Airy songbird starring Saturday at Kimmel Center

Arts | February 8th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston She’s won several Grammy Awards for her renditions of blues, jazz, pop, R&B and gospel music. Over the years, Nancy Wilson, known as the consummate entertainer, has garnered nicknames like “Sweet Nancy” and “The Girl With The Honey-Coated Voice.” And now, out to re-capture some of Wilson’s lush sounds and beautiful music […]

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Great production of ‘Absurd’ classic at Mount Airy theater

Arts | February 8th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett is the poster child for “Theater of the Absurd.” The show now running at Quintessence Theatre Group is as engaging a production of the absurdist classic as you will ever see. Two baggy pants vagabonds, Estragon (Frank X) and Vladimir (Johnnie Hobbs Jr.), take center stage. […]

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‘Mirror’ reflective of local actress’ theatrical talent

Arts | January 25th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston In a community center in a small Vermont town, five strangers gather to attend a basic acting class. Over the course of their time together, art blends with the reality of life, and nearly unwittingly the private inner worlds of these people are slowly revealed. Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award-winner Annie Baker […]

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Local actor, 90, in 82-year-old comedy at Allens Lane

Arts | January 25th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston The original production premiered on Broadway in 1936 and the following year won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. And now through Jan. 28, Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman’s comedy, “You Can’t Take It With You,” continues at Allens Lane Art Center, 601 West Allens Lane in West Mt. Airy. Directed by […]

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Hill risk-taking soprano crossing over into greatness

Arts | January 25th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Elizabeth Coady She was one of those little girls whose first stage was her family home, where she sang for her adoring parents. Then she took her performances public, singing at the top of her lungs while swinging in her schoolyard and at her daddy’s Presbyterian church in Cleveland, where he served as pastor […]

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