‘Grape’ expectations mostly fulfilled at Allens Lane

Arts | September 28th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter Director Josh Hitchens quotes John Steinbeck: “I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this.” Using the adaptation of “Grapes of Wrath” by Frank Galati, the show at Allens Lane Theater does all it can to back up Steinbeck’s intention. Steinbeck’s signature, Depression-era novel […]

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America’s Got Talent star helps launch Mt. Airy project

Arts | September 28th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Opera prodigy and America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Arielle Baril, 14, helped launch Mt. Airy Arts Garage’s (MAAG) Community of Pride Mural and Literacy Project at Emlen Elementary School, 6501 Chew Ave. in East Mt. Airy on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Baril, who was a finalist in this year’s New York Lyric Opera […]

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Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts

Arts, Featured Post | September 26th, 2017 | Leave a comment

Thousands gathered to celebrate the Chestnut Hill Annual Fall for the Arts Festival on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. The festival showcased work from over 150 local regional artists, the one-day event featured live music, a smorgas board of culinary delights including cotton candy, apple cider and a large sampling of ales from local breweries. (Photos by […]

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Over the top, often hilarious ‘Forum’ could use decaf

Arts | September 22nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome The company of the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Stephen Sondheim’s first solo musical, should probably change the coffee in the Green Room to decaf. “Forum” is, in the right hands, a delight, a reminder of just how much fun a musical […]

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All that’s ‘Golden’ does not glitter for this reviewer

Arts | September 22nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter “On Golden Pond” (1979), by Ernest Thompson, was a hit Broadway play before it became an Oscar-winning movie. A revival, now running at Stagecrafters under Director Mariangela Saavedra, retells the story of an aging couple’s struggle to find peace and purpose at the end of their lives. The Thayer family has vacationed […]

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‘A painting a day’ for world-renowned Hill artist

Arts | September 21st, 2017 | Leave a comment

  by Len Lear Over the last 20 years or so, I have interviewed many fine Chestnut Hill area artists, but Hill resident Abbey Ryan is in another galaxy. Having taken a wonderful one-year college course many years ago on the legendary post-Middle Ages European painters, I could not help but notice the resemblance of […]

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Acting for med students  and on stage in Mt. Airy

Arts | September 15th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Rita Charleston Quintessence Theatre Group kicks off its eighth season with a new family series, beginning with a world premiere of a modern adaptation of “Aesop’s Fables” by Quintessence Company member Lee Cortopassi, who also directs the show. The play runs through Sept. 17 at The Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy, […]

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‘No Walls’ talky while examining race relations in U.S.

Arts | September 14th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter Now running at Old Academy Players, “A House with No Walls” (2007) by native Philadelphia playwright Thomas Gibbons is about the issue of race relations in America. It asks these questions: what should we commemorate, and how are those decisions made? The play consists in two interlocking stories, one from colonial history […]

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