The Arden is bringing "Every Brilliant Thing," which sold out its extended run last fall, back this fall. Director Terrence J. Nolen and star Scott Greer talk about what makes the play work: its personal, democratic approach, making the audience the supporting cast.
The actress and singer delights in the gender-bent role of Joe "Yussel the Muscle" Jacobs, the real-life manager of German boxer Joe Schmeling, who became a close friend of his onetime opponent, Joe Louis, and an enemy of Joseph Goebbels, publicity man for Hitler.
Hires Root Beer is a Philly story and a story of business acuity, timing, and the value of believing in your own product. Charles E. Hires took what was essentially a home brew made of roots and turned it into a multimillion-dollar business, in the generation that also produced Vernors, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper.
Passage Theatre in Trenton and InterAct Theatre Company in Philly are taking turns producing Josh Wilder's play, about the Wu family restaurant, changes in the neighborhood, and why we all either can or can't get along.
The 2006 musical is based on the lives of two very eccentric women: Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the aunt and cousin, respectively, of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 11th Hour Theatre Company specializes in intimate renditions of full musicals.
Lippa was an actor, director, teacher, and role model in Philadelphia-area theaters, especially at People's Light in Malvern and the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, for more than 50 years. His achievements included an Obie award and a Barrymore award for lifetime achievement.
John Timpane is the books/fine arts editor/writer for the Inquirer. His beat includes books, social media, dance, theater, art, museums, and classical music. From 1997 to 2008 he was the Commentary page editor.