Hill resident stars in murder mystery at Stagecrafters

Arts | December 4th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston In Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution,” Leonard Vole is arrested for the murder of Emily French, a wealthy older woman. Unaware that he was a married man, Miss French made him her principal heir, casting suspicion on Leonard after the murder. When his wife, Romaine, agrees to testify, she does so, […]

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Beautiful Italian import combines fashion and charity

Arts, Books | November 27th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Simonetta Lein, 36, is that rare combination of beauty, intellectual achievement and humanitarian good deeds that are impossible to ignore. Lein, who has been called a “celebrity wishmaker” in the press and a “the number one fashion influencer in the Philadelphia area,” was brought to our attention by Julie and John O’Connell, […]

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‘Witness’ on Hill stage, still compelling after 66 years

Arts | November 27th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter In past years, I have seen the movie version of “Witness for the Prosecution” with Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton, read the book and attended theater revivals. Despite such familiarity, I was surprised how well Agatha Christie’s classic suspense story, now running at Stagecrafters, could still hold my attention. (The play opened […]

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Beautiful portraits look down on patrons at local café

Arts | November 22nd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear I recently walked into Malelani Café, the delightful, mostly vegetarian 5-year-old restaurant at 6734 Germantown Ave. in West Mt. Airy. In addition to the terrific food at ridiculously reasonable prices, I could not help but notice the beautifully rendered portraits on one wall by Mt. Airy artist and illustrator Angelique Benrahou, 28, […]

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Superbly acted ‘Home’ still compelling after 50 years

Arts | November 22nd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Frank Burd Two finely dressed, elderly English gentleman sit in a garden, recalling their lives. They talk about their childhood, roles in the military, their marriages, etc. Jack, the more talkative and opinionated one, rambles on and on while Harry utters brief responses —“really, ah yes, my word, indeed.” After about 20 minutes, the […]

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Daring play at Allens Lane Theater about lesbian pair

Arts | November 21st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter Now running at Allens Lane Theater, “Stop Kiss” (1998) is formally about the emerging gay consciousness of two young women. At the same time, this daring work by Diana Son takes on larger scope. Two struggling women in their 20s have migrated to New York City with the vague idea of starting […]

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Hill musician overcomes brain tumor on way to career

Arts, Concerts | November 20th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear When Chestnut Hill resident (for nine years) Renee Warnick was 27, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor while pregnant with her first child. “Fortunately, the tumor was benign,” she told us last week, “and the craniotomy and resection were successful, I suffered no brain damage or longterm side effects, and my […]

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