She made her big entrance as the entrancing Americana violinist Annie Talarico in "Treme," the memorable HBO docudrama about post-Katrina New Orleans. Now she's on the road with her own band, a successfully rehabbed hand after an accident sidelined her for a while, and a selection from her eclectic musical background, from classical to prog.
Robert Newman has had great success in TV, especially in "Guiding Light," the soap opera that was his bread and butter for almost three decades. But his first love, he says, has always been regional theater, and so he's been acting "all the roles I never got to act." he's now playing the lead in "Kiss Me Kate" at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, N.J.
Euripides' tragedy of the vengeful, magnificent filicidal wife of Jason gets a stripped-down treatment at the Hedgerow that nevertheless stays true to the muscular rendition by Robinson Jeffers (itself a classic), managing to evoke a universe far wider than the theater.
The local theater awards are on Nov. 5, and Theatre Philadelphia, which runs them, is throwing open the doors to all. "It's not just for the theater community," says Leigh Goldenberg, executive director for Theatre Philadelphia says. "They're for anyone and everyone who loves theater, or anyone who's just interested in our local theater scene."
Props master Jay Duckworth will be at the Museum of the American Revolution from 3-8 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 23, to talk about challenges he and his team faced in creating props for "Hamilton." He'll also give demonstrations. It's part of the museum's "History After Hours: Tricked Out" Halloween season series.
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.
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.