‘Barefoot in Park’ still charming, funny, after 57 years

Arts | January 24th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter “Barefoot in the Park” (1963) was Neil Simon’s first Broadway hit, a long-running show that earned several Tony nominations. Old Academy Players takes this old chestnut out for a spin. The plot is paper thin: newlyweds, now past the first blush of their honeymoon, struggle with clashing personalities to make a go […]

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Pioneering black play makes Philly premiere in Mt. Airy

Arts | January 24th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Quintessence staff When the production of “Rachel” opened in New York on April 25, 1917, it made history as the first play written by an African-American author with an all-black cast to be performed before an integrated audience. Inside the program for the premiere of “Rachel” was written: “This is the first attempt to […]

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New exhibit by Mt. Airy lover of “heroic, erotic rain”

Arts | January 24th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear and Barbara Sherf  Lifelong area resident and abstract artist Stuart Shils, 65, is one of several area artists taking part in an exhibit called “The Codex Project,” which opens Thursday, Jan. 23, and runs through Feb. 23 at the WP Gallery, 1611 Walnut St. Mezzanine. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Jan. […]

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Charming high comedy and time capsule at Allens Lane

Arts | January 17th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter Check out the witty charm of “The Philadelphia Story” (1939), now on full display in director Noel Hanley’s revival at Allens Lane Theater. Complete with elegant set and lush costuming by Morgan McCoy, “Philadelphia” is all about the vivacious socialite, Tracy Lord, whose character was based on Helen Hope Montgomery Scott (1904 […]

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Hill jazz pianist performing at the legendary Birdland

Arts | January 17th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Len Lear Virtually every great jazz performer in the U.S. over the last 71 years has performed at Birdland, which opened in December of 1949 at 1678 Broadway in Manhattan, closed in June of 1964 after a bankruptcy and reopened in 1985 at 2745 Broadway in the heart of the New York theater district. […]

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Last Call: ‘Our Town,’ A retrospective of Edith Neff

Arts | January 15th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by George McNeely The retrospective of the paintings of Philadelphia artist Edith Neff is closing on Sunday, January 19, at the Woodmere Art Gallery. Now is the time to visit. Edith Neff (1943-1995) grew up in Philadelphia and studied painting at the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts). She taught at the […]

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