Excellent production of Neil Simon classic in Ambler

Arts | September 13th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome How appropriate it is that Ambler’s Act II Playhouse’s production of a Neil Simon play opened just a week after Simon, America’s most prolific and produced playwright, died Aug. 26 at age 91. It’s also appropriate that this is not just any Neil Simon play but “Biloxi Blues,” the second of his […]

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Germantown Colored Girl Museum founder to appear at Wagner Institute

Arts | September 7th, 2018 | Leave a comment

On September 13 at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia Contemporary and the Wagner will present the first event of their new collaborative series, Museums of the 21st Century. The Wagner’s 19th-century lecture hall will host a public conversation between Ghanaian writer, art historian, and filmmaker Nana Oforiatta Ayim and Philadelphia artist, writer, and museum […]

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Mt. St. Joe alum thrilled by ‘Best of Philly’ selection

Arts | September 7th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Elizabeth Coady Sara McCorriston drolly recounts how some people have called her ‘‘brave’’ because she dares to leave the few gray hairs in her mass of dark tresses au naturel. As if a few aberrant melanin-deprived strands portend failure or the derailment of youth. The dig actually shows a lack of insight into McCorriston, […]

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Ex-bodybuilding artist just right for drill sergeant role

Local Life | September 7th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Without wishing to sound immodest, Andrew Criss, 49, believes he was just the right choice for the role of hard-drinking, platoon leader Sergeant Merwin J. Toomey, a drill sergeant who both instructs and abuses the men under his command in Neil Simon’s classic more-or-less autobiographical dramatic comedy, “Biloxi Blues,” now playing at […]

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St. Paul’s Church seeking a new musical director

Note Worthy | September 6th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Ever since Zachary Hemenway left his position as director of music (organist and choir director) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, in June of this year, the search has been on to name his replacement. Because St. Paul’s Church plays so prominent a part in the musical life of Chestnut Hill, […]

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Heaven for opera lovers: 4 operas and 7 recitals

Note Worthy | August 22nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Academy of Vocal Arts has announced its 2018-19 season of fully staged operas and recitals. The nation’s only full-scholarship school devoted solely to the training of classical singers will present four operas and seven recital programs. The season gets underway Thursday & Friday, Sept. 20 & 21, at 7:30 p.m. with […]

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