Feb. 26, 2016
Director makes ‘Beauty and the Beast’ one to treasure
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which ran at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music Feb. 16-21, can be summarized in one phrase: an exceedingly long tale of how strong women don’t need no frat boys. We are all familiar with the hackneyed plot of this fairytale and also of the moral homely that accompanies it — beauty lies on the inside, and Belle helps Beast find his inner beauty through hers. However, the director, Rob Roth, makes the two-and-a-half-hour long play a feast to the eyes with beautiful sets, vibrant costumes and the exceedingly low necklines of the village “Silly Girls” (actual cast credits in my copy of the “Beauty and the Beast” brochure).
Feb. 25, 2016
Triangle Talks with Alex Bock
Alex Bock is a junior at Drexel. He is involved in theater and studied abroad in Ireland during Fall 2015.
May. 23, 2014
HAIM plays to jam-packed Tower Theater crowd
It really is a magnificent feeling walking into The Tower Theater, regardless of who’s playing or what’s going on. Under the dim firefly glow of the lights on the large sign that literally towers over the Philadelphia area of Upper Darby, entering the venue instills feelings of nostalgia and antiquity. The building’s interior continues to impress as it makes people feel like they are walking into a grand, sophisticated show akin to an opera or Broadway musical. That being said, walking into the venue May 14 to see the much anticipated rock band HAIM, my levels of excitement were off the charts already; I was ready for a great show.
May. 16, 2014
Pulitzer winner Doug Wright speaks at the URBN Annex
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Doug Wright spoke to a group in the URBN Annex Screening Room May 7. Wright is completing a residency at Drexel, in which, he has hosted three drop-in conversations with screenwriting and playwriting students, a “producing” class to discuss arts policy, censorship, funding and advocacy in a class titled “Art, Culture and Society,” all housed in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
Feb. 21, 2014
Discrimination in choosing actors is unjustified
It is a fact that theater companies use peoples’ appearances in casting. A person may or may not get a role or job due to their physical shape, face, hair color, height, etc. Judging people based on their appearance is a tricky subject. Some argue that such judgments are valid because they help create something wonderful: They are needed to carry out a director’s artistic vision or to please the audience. This viewpoint is often the grand finale of an argument about superficiality in a theater. Many performers don’t see this as a serious problem because these superficial judgments seem to come with the job. Anyone arguing with this “doesn’t understand” or “is making a big deal.”
Nov. 27, 2013
Drexel Co-op Theatre Co. and Drexel Players wow in ‘The Apple Tree’
Drexel University’s Co-op Theatre Co. and the Drexel Players performed “The Apple Tree,” a playful musical of three acts, Nov. 21-24. They did a wonderful job of transporting the award-winning 1966 piece by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Jerome Coopersmith from Broadway to The Mandell Theater. Like the rest of the Co-op Theatre’s season, the musical was selected in cooperation with students who received performing arts scholarships.
Nov. 16, 2012
Drexel Players spell out success
The Drexel Players kept Mandell Theater laughing with their presentation of the Tony Award winning musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The show opened Friday, Nov. 9 and weekend showings will continue through Sunday, Nov. 18.The Drexel Players opened their presentation of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Nov. 9. The musical comedy’s final performances will take place Nov. 16-18 at the Mandell Theater on 33rd and Chestnut streets.
Aug. 3, 2012
Off-Broadstreet brings quality theater to Philly
Philadelphia’s theater community is known as one of the most diverse in the United States. A handful of these theater communities make up the alliance Off-Broadstreet.
Mar. 16, 2012
What’s Happening in Philly
New City Stage Co. presents “Terrorism” There’s a bomb scare at the airport and a suicide at the office. A man ties up his lover, and an old woman plots murder. At the scene of a gas explosion, the rescue workers are busy photographing limbs for fun. What do these situations have in common? Everyone is a terrorist, and everyone is a victim of terror. In six interconnected scenes, the play takes a startlingly humorous look at a society in which an imminent threat of collective uncertainty looms on the edges of everyday life. Originally presented at the Moscow Art Theatre, The New York Times calls it “a shrewd, scary comedy that suggests that it is impossible to live in the contemporary world without becoming a potential weapon of mass destruction.” The Adrienne Theatre at 2030 Sansom St. Now through March 25 Tickets: $5-$35 www.newcitystage.org Spring Into Scrabble After School Activities Partnerships invites you to its first annual Community Scrabble Day: Spring Into Scrabble! The event is free for all ages, but registration is required to [email protected] Games will include Scrabble, Boggle, Bananagrams and other fun word games. Two rounds of Scrabble will be made into competition, with prizes for the highest score, highest-scoring play and best “spring-related” words. Resident Scrabble expert John Green will also be available for some gaming tips and tricks, and crafts and coloring will be out for the kids. Drexel’s Bossone Research Center at 3140 Market St. Saturday, March 17, 1:30-4:30 p.m. www.phillyasap.org First Philadelphia Flamenco Festival Philadelphia’s all-female flamenco dance company, Pasion y Arte, is hosting the city’s first Flamenco Festival. The festival features the work of Rosario Toledo, an internationally renowned Spanish dancer and choreographer, as well as film screenings, master classes, a symposium of expert panelists, and post-performance discussions and receptions. Performances on Thursday through Sunday will feature Rosario Toledo’s new commissioned work for Pasion y Arte, “Complices,” and the U.S. premiere of the highly acclaimed “Del primer paso” performed by Rosario Toledo and company. Several free events are offered during the two weeks of The First Philadelphia Flamenco Festival: a symposium, a movie night and master classes with Toledo. The March 24 symposium features expert panelists Robert Browning (founder of the World Music Institute) and Michelle Heffner Hayes (dance faculty at the University of Kansas and former artistic director of the Colorado Dance Festival) in conversation with Toledo. Flamenco Movie Night, March 26, features a short cut of the work-in-progress documentary “Inheritors of a Burden” by Carolina Loyola-Garcia, as well as Lise Raven’s “El Proceso,” a short documentary on PyA’s residency and collaboration with Toledo. Also, three free master classes with Rosario Toledo will be offered at Temple University, Swarthmore College and Bryn Mawr College -— pre-registration required. Christ Church Neighborhood House at 20 N. American St. March 19 through April 1 Admission: $25; $18 for students; select events free www.pasionyarteflamenco.org “Swan Lake” ballet as a 3-D movie Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake in 3D” turns tradition upside down by replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble and was prerecorded at Sadler’s Wells, London in 2011 with a stellar cast, including the magnificent Richard Winsor as the lead Swan and Stranger, Dominic North as the Prince and Nina Goldman as the Queen. This special interpretation of Swan Lake incorporates a theatrical storyline into the classic ballet — making it a must-see for both dance enthusiasts and theater fans alike. Edgy and dramatic, Matthew Bourne tells the eternal story of tragic and forbidden love with dynamic modern-day flair. To purchase tickets and find participating theaters, check www.fathomevents.com. Rave Motion Pictures University 6 at 40th and Walnut streets Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 plus $1 convenience fee www.movietickets.com Three-time Tony Award winner “FELA!” Directed by renowned dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones, “FELA!” is a provocative hybrid of dance, theater and music, exploring the extravagant world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. The show has become an international sensation, having been performed in three continents. A triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, “FELA!” is the true story of Kuti, who created a type of music: afrobeat, a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies. Kuti mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms with incendiary lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria and much of Africa. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’ visionary staging, “FELA!” reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist and celebrates his pioneering music. Olivier and Tony Award-nominated actor Sahr Ngaujah will lead the cast of “FELA!” He is joined by Melanie Marshall and Paulette Ivory, who co-starred with Ngaujah in the Olivier-nominated Royal National Theatre production. The Academy of Music at 240 S. Broad St. Tuesday, March 20 through Sunday, March 25 Tickets: $20-$100 www.kimmelcenter.org
Mar. 2, 2012
V Day at Drexel brings attention to women, victims of sexual abuse
Drexel University will present a benefit production, “V-Day,” based on Eve Ensler’s original play, “The Vagina Monologues,” March 2 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 1 p.m. in the Bossone Research Center’s Mitchell Auditorium.