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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‘Circle’ squarely on target in intense ‘Transformation’

Arts | January 24th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter All the world is a stage in “Circle Mirror Transformation,” now running at Old Academy Players. Instructor Marty conducts a creative acting class, and a sequence of vignettes interlace so meaningfully we ourselves are transformed by play’s end. Marty conducts a bunch of exercises that put herself and four would-be thespians through […]

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Chestnut Hill director spins holiday magic in new film

Arts | January 18th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Christine Wolkin Christmas is for kids … and we all stay kids. Filmmaker and Chestnut Hill native Andrew Repasky McElhinney, 39, reminds us of this in his new whimsical holiday season feature, “Christmas Dreams; The Little Drummer Boy Meets the Nutcracker,” on which McElhinney collaborated with composer and producer Michael Rapp and partner Gene […]

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G’town director’s unique choir sings for social justice

Arts | January 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear There are lots of great choirs around, especially during the holiday season, but there may only be one in the area that not only creates aesthetically appealing sounds but also uses their music to advance the cause of social justice. That is the 43-year-old, all-female, 80-member Anna Crusis Women’s Choir (ANNA). The Anna […]

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Localite a unique winner of Pavarotti opera competition

Arts | January 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Paul Spencer Adkins, 66, is one of the millions of individuals who took piano lessons as a child but would rather have had his teeth extracted without anesthesia than practice on the piano every day. “I would have crying fits,” he said. However, a high school teacher named Mrs. Gloria Johnson, who […]

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62 years of performing on stage, TV & film for Freyda

Arts | January 5th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Constance Garcia-Barrio At age 12, Glenside singer Freyda Thomas strutted onto a stage at a Montgomery County country club in a prom gown and belted out “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Her father, Eddie Shaw, whose popular band played in Philadelphia for many years, had invited her to perform. “I still remember […]

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