Sports’ seasonal shift

From the Sidelines | September 15th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome   It’s fall (at least it is as far as the meteorologists are concerned). With fall there is a major pivot in the sports world. Baseball is winding down. The tennis and golf majors are in the rear-view mirror. Schools have started up. And in Philadelphia, football has become the dominant focus […]

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Theatrical treasure sparkles

Arts | September 8th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome For most theatergoers, what happens before, after and sometimes during the show you’re watching is a mystery. Actors have problems, get reviews that sting and often deal with dead or sometimes too lively audiences. Audiences occasionally behave as if they were watching TV on their couches at home and talk back to […]

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My candidates for Phillies’ Wall of Fame

From the Sidelines | August 17th, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Clark Groome The annual Phillies Alumni celebration, held last weekend, honored previous winners and paid tribute to Jim Bunning, Darren Daulton and Dallas Green, all of whom died since the 2016 event. The issue of who should, and who should not, be included on the Wall was a hot topic. Until this year the […]

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‘Best Play’ Tony nomination for Hill artistic director

Arts | June 8th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Clark Groome When Chestnut Hill resident Paul Meshejian attends the June 11 Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall, he won’t be there just for the glitz and glamour. No, Meshejian, the founder and artistic director of the Philadelphia-based play development program PlayPenn, will be there because one of the plays PlayPenn helped […]

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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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