You expect a lot from a Brian Sanders production: exquisite beauty, slapstick humor, and gasp-inducing feats of derring-do. And Snowball, Sanders' latest, delivers on all counts. In fact, for this viewer, Snowball delivers a little too much.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - It is public art made of private wishes.
What do you need to really sell a song? A sucker who will buy it. So says Sister Robert Anne in Dan Goggin's Sister Robert Anne's Cabaret Class, an evening of shtick now running at the Society Hill Playhouse. Judging by Goggin's career, he has found no shortage of buyers, having written eight nun-themed shows or sequels to his 1985 Off-Broadway hit Nunsense.
At a misty Broad and Spruce late Wednesday night, the street musician riffed on a fleet, rather loose-limbed clarinet adaptation of Barber's Adagio for Strings. In America, everyone from busker to filmmaker can lay claim to the piece. But a few minutes earlier, in the Perelman Theater, the Dover Quartet was declaring its musical lineage to Barber in a more formal way.
Theater Professional/semi-professional 1812 Productions: That Was the Year That Was - The Year in Revue Comic look at the events of the year. Closes 12/17. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; 215-592-9560. www.1812productions.org.
Try to ignore this show's title, and the kind of frat-house-humor implications that come with it. Visually hot and musically adept, the show that Philadelphia Theatre Company unveiled Wednesday about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates certainly concerns the geeky monomaniacs referred to in the title Nerds, but it has infinitely more class, insight, and wit than the pop-culture "nerd subgenre" of the 1980s.
Judging by their latest work, The Big Time: New Vaudeville for the Holidays, the writers at 1812 Productions should have been born 100 years earlier. Their show illustrates that while the need for comedic talent and a knack for performance may hold constant from era to era, each age's subject matter must reflect its time - and audience.
PHILADELPHIA Edward Hopper's Depression-era painting East Wind Over Weehawken, a bleak New Jersey streetscape owned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for more than 60 years, was sold to an anonymous private buyer Thursday for $40.5 million at Christie's sale of American art.