Odd premise, but engaging, funny result at Old Academy

Arts | June 21st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter Old Academy Players has fallen in love with the work of David Lindsay-Abaire. In recent years, they have produced “Rabbit Hole” (Pulitzer Prize winner) and “Fuddy Meers.” Now they add “Ripcord” (2015) to their growing list, a comedy set in the Bristol Park Retirement Home about two roommates who quarrel in “Odd […]

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‘Boatload of uproarious Monty Python’ on Mt. Airy stage

Arts | June 20th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter “One Man Two Guvnors” (2011) by Richard Bean re-imagines “The Servant of Two Masters” (1746), by Carlo Goldoni. But the infectious show at Quintessence Theatre under director Trey Lyford, a Fringe Theater veteran, is more homage to English music hall than tribute to commedia dell’arte. Sean Close shines as the star harlequin, […]

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Spicy musical gumbo from New Orleans at Pastorius Park

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

by Carole Verona Zydeco-a-Go-Go, Philadelphia’s hardest-working zydeco band, returns to Pastorius Park with a free concert on Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. A Chestnut Hill favorite, the band has played several times at Pastorius Park and was invited to play last year as part of the 70th anniversary celebration of the concert series. Founded […]

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Barker barking enthusiastically about play on Hill stage

Arts | June 19th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston “Copenhagen,” by playwright, novelist and comedic writer Michael Frayn, continues at The Stagecrafters through June 23. Directed by David Flagg, the play ran in London for nearly three years, concurrent with a nearly year-long Broadway run. Additionally, it won the Tony Award for Best Play, as well as Best Play awards from […]

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National guitar champ wails at Mt. Airy home Saturday

Arts, Mt. Airy | June 19th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Rolly Brown’s guitar sound “an exceptionally melodic, articulate playing style that takes full advantage of the acoustic guitar’s beautiful tone.” Guitar expert Bennett Hammond has written, “He’s the real deal, the gen-you-wine article, the guitar picker’s guitar picker.” And blues master Andy Cohen (who is prone to hyperbole) […]

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For 10 years, Garage in Mt. Airy features art, not cars

Arts, Mt. Airy | June 19th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Mary Ann Domanska and Arleen Olshan The Mt. Airy Art Garage is a nonprofit member arts organization celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. We provide communal space for creativity, collaboration and self-actualization while utilizing creative expression as an instrument for social change. MAAG serves as an incubator for professional and emerging artists who work […]

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You can visit ‘Copenhagen’ without leaving Chestnut Hill

Arts | June 13th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter “Copenhagen” (1998), by English playwright Michael Frayn, won the Tony for Best Play during its 2000 Broadway run. Director David Flagg brings this inventive play to Stagecrafters, where the mystery of quantum physics and the mystery of human behavior confront each other like reflecting mirrors. In her opening line, Margrethe Bohr asks: […]

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