A legendary Philly wall-writer wants to see his story told true and right.
Last Friday, hundreds of aesthetes arrived at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) to see Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson’s "Easternsports." The multilingual, four-channeled, absurdist soap opera piece has been written up in various international publications. However, despite this global attention, the sub-tone the articles register as bewildered.
The Academy of Music stage all but bursts with inviting, primary colors, with shades of yellow and orange covering walls and floors. The village square's cotton-candy vendors have never been so bright. Police wear candy-colored uniforms.
The classical music world is full of stories about great musicians suffering heart attacks in mid-performance but soldiering on because the repertoire was so great they didn't want to stop.
Perfect. Night on Bald Mountain sounded both malevolent and playful on organ, in a recording wafting out of the Media Theatre speakers that set the scene for The Addams Family - the musical version that was the delightful near-death experience it was meant to be.
The sepia-toned transparency of Paulette Jellinek's late parents hangs inside a window, a constant reminder of her family's tragic and triumphant past.