Archive: March, 2012
By Jim Rutter
FOR THE INQUIRER
Imagine that José Garces and Stephen Starr joined forces. Now imagine that instead of building a new facility lined with exotic decor and a model-pretty staff, these celebrity chefs used the partnership to develop their own culinary aesthetic, and put the pursuit of cuisine ahead of a restaurant's sustainability.
A merger of similar stature and quality took place in the Philadelphia dance community recently, when dancer-choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace and choreographer-poet-impresario Jaamil Kosoko rechristened anonymous bodies, Watson-Wallace's company, as a joint collaborative for the pair's work.
]By Wendy Rosenfield
FOR THE INQUIRER
This isn’t easy to write, but it must be written: Philadelphia’s comedy sweethearts, Jennifer Childs and Tony Braithwaite, with their newest cabaret for 1812 Productions, Let’s Pretend We’re Famous, may have jumped the shark once and for all.
If you have a firsthand recollection of that last reference, you’ll get every other reference in the show, and will still wonder if Childs or Braithwaite has turned on a television in the last 30 years.
Congratulations to Bill Cain, the first winner of the Philadelphia Theatre Company's Terrence McNally New Play Award. In its inaugural year, the award kicks off the play-reading festival PTC@Play and comes with a $10,000 prize and a year of support from PTC, including readings.
Cain (pictured above), who is also a Jesuit priest, won for his play "Unvarnished," about Philadelphia painter Thomas Eakins ("The Gross Clinic"). This is not the first time Cain has worked with PTC. Last year, he developed his "How to Write a New Book for the Bible" at PTC@Play.