Mt. Airy bass-baritone a world-renowned performer: Will sing Sunday in benefit at Hill venue

Arts | February 13th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Nineteenth century Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle famously wrote, “No pressure, no diamonds.” Or one might paraphrase: “No hard work, no success.” One local living testament to that truism is Justin Hopkins, Mt. Airy opera singer who will perform a scholarship benefit concert Sunday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m., in the Epiphany Chapel at […]

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Hay fever is not necessary to benefit from this Allegra

Arts | February 13th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston The story unfolds at Belmont, a fictional, mainly white liberal arts college in Vermont. Suddenly, Sarah Daniels, Dean of Students, finds herself faced with an explosive situation after one of the handful of African-American students at the school reports receiving hate mail. As threats and abrasive confrontations among faculty and students multiply, […]

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Prescription from TV ‘doctor’: see ‘Awake’ in Mt. Airy

Arts | February 7th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Long regarded as one of the most influential American plays of the 20th century, “Awake and Sing,” by Philadelphia playwright Clifford Odets, presented by Quintessence Theatre Group, continues through Feb. 17 at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy. The play is based on the lives of the Bergers, a […]

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‘Butter’ a tasty satire of college life on Hill stage

Arts | February 7th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter After ignoring the role race plays in American life for 200 years, contemporary theater now embraces the subject with hypnotic interest. Running at Stagecrafters, “Spinning Into Butter” (1999) by Rebecca Gilman spotlights a pastoral Vermont college suddenly beset with racial turmoil. The play opens to a vista of ethnic conflict. Dean Sarah […]

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