Allens Lane drama explores racial conflict and revenge

Arts | November 24th, 2017 | Leave a comment

 By Hugh Hunter “Rasheeda Speaking” is currently making its Philadelphia debut at Allens Lane Theater in West Mt. Airy. It’s a play that explores race relations in America, centering on Jaclyn, a middle-aged black woman who finally lands a decent job as a receptionist, but Dr. Williams (Tom Boland) plots to engineer her dismissal on […]

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Shakespeare’s ‘Tale’ now in G’town

Arts | November 17th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Hugh Hunter If you like Shakespeare, you do not want to miss “The Winter’s Tale,” now running at The Drama Group. This prime example of late Shakespeare offers a bit of everything, including an exit line “exit, pursued by a bear” and a statue that comes to life, “Tis time; descend; be stone no […]

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Exhibit by local artist highlights the homeless, abused

Arts | November 16th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Like many art lovers and museum buffs, I love gorgeous paintings of flowers, landscapes, smiling children, wild animals and pets, etc. On the other hand, there is Carolyn Harper Cohen, 51, an award-winning Montgomery County artist for the past 14 years whose works have been exhibited in galleries, art centers and other […]

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Sex and romance played for laughs in ‘Fast Girls’

Arts | November 9th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Hugh Hunter Before all those 1990s’ TV shows that explored the trials of singles and their sex lives, there was “Fast Girls” by Diana Amsterdam. Now running at East Falls’ Old Academy Players, this entertaining play helped lead the way in plowing the same comedic ground. “Fast Girls” centers on Lucy Lewis, a 36-year-old […]

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From a career in politics to a career on another stage

Arts | November 3rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Rita Charleston Three love stories, plus a murder mystery and a nuclear espionage plot, form the basis of Philadelphia playwright Michael Hollinger’s noir comedy,”Red Herring,” now at Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave. in Ambler, through Nov. 19. David Bradley directs six actors who play 18 roles, although most of the action centers […]

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Superb talent, confusing approach in ‘Nat King Cole’

Arts | October 26th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Nat “King” Cole was one of the most influential and exciting jazz pianists in history. He was also one of the most popular singers of his tragically shortened 45-year life. During the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s he was Capitol Records’ largest selling performer, the sales being responsible for the building of Los […]

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Local filmmaker’s doc premieres at Kimmel Center Friday

Arts | October 25th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Five years ago I wrote in these pages, “Move over, Spike Lee. Rel Dowdell, 39-year-old native of Germantown and graduate of Central High School (248th graduating class in 1989), may just be the next great black filmmaker. His second feature film, ‘Changing the Game,’ opened last Friday at selected AMC theaters in […]

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Artist, 75, wants her work to ‘save all living things’

Arts | October 20th, 2017 | Leave a comment

  by Len Lear Geri Greinke-Mack is 75 years old, but like a modern day Georgia O’Keeffe, she keeps getting better with age. Geri, a resident of Cathedral Village in upper Roxborough, currently has an exhibit of her linoleum cut prints of animals, oil paintings of Morris Arboretum, animals, gardens, flowers, cats and whimsical images, […]

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