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Last night at 9 p.m., IATSE Local 8 business manager Mike Barnes told me that negotiations between his stagehands union and Philadelphia Theatre Company -- which the stagehands walked out of two weeks ago -- were ongoing and "not going well."But this morning, Barnes reports that the Philadelphia stagehands strike is almost over, with a ratification vote expected this morning and a press conference to follow.This news comes one week after the theater company went forward with its production of The Mountaintop without stagehands and days after we learned of the resignation of a PTC board member.Barnes says that a
Today, the otherwise defunct Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia announced the winners of what will probably be the last-ever Barrymore Awards, which are (were?) basically the Tony Awards of Philadelphia. Hopefully, some organization or institution will figure out a way to carry the Barrymore Awards forward in TAGP's absence. In any event, here are the 2012 Barrymore Award winners:Outstanding Overall Production of a Play: Body Awareness, The WilmaOutstanding Overall Production of a Musical: The Scottsboro Boys, Philadelphia Theatre CompanyIndependence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play: Jacqueline Goldfinger, Slip/Shot, Flashpoint Theatre CompanyOutstanding Direction of a Play: Anne Kauffman, Body Awareness, The
Last night, Brian Stokes Mitchell headlined Philadelphia Theatre Company’s annual gala at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Singing "Some Enchanted Evening," Stokes wasn't far off, if he was describing the gala, which kicked off with a silent auction and cocktail party for the first part of the evening. After an hour, the party moved into the grand ballroom for dinner, where they honored Bala Cynwyd residents Marilyn and J. Robert Birnhak for their many years of support to both Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) and its home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
On a spring day in 1931, the lives of nine, young African American teenagers were destroyed. All were pulled from a train destined to Memphis, which each had been riding in search of a new job and a new life. By day’s end, all nine would be jailed in Scottsboro, falsely accused of raping two white girls. Over the next twenty years, there would be multiple trials, retrials, denied pardon applications, and death.
Plus: a review of Rock of Ages
It should not be as powerful as it is. After all, it is just two actors painting a canvas red. And yet, with frenetic classical music, a light projecting the actors' shadows onto the canvas (whose back was to the audience), and the actors’ rapid brush strokes bringing the paint closer and closer to the center, I was mesmerized. This is the genius of John Logan’s Red and its impressive production at Philadelphia Theater Company. Echoing the art of the play’s subject, Mark Rothko, seemingly simple constructs—two actors, a simple set, the painting of a canvas—expand within your view into something extraordinary, something larger than life, something both beautiful and tragic.Stephen Rowe stars as abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. Having just accepted a commission for New York City’s Four Seasons Restaurant, he hires on a young assistant Ken (Haley Joel Osment) to assist in his studio. As Rothko immediately makes clear, Ken is there to assist: get cigarettes, assemble canvases, and help with base coats. He is not there to paint or have ideas. But quickly Ken learns he is mainly there to be audience to Rothko’s ego and pontifications.
Haley Joel Osment at PTC
Last night, Philadelphia Theatre Company opened its 2011-2012 season with the Philadelphia premiere of John Logan's Tony Award-winning drama Red (through November 13th at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre). Directed by Anders Cato (left), the two-person cast features Broadway veteran Stephen Rowe (right) and Oscar nominee Haley Joel Osment (center). The three are pictured here with Sara Garonzik, producing artistic director at PTC. The director wanted Haley to cut his hair for the show, but the 23-year-old has to keep his locks long for an upcoming role in Wake the Dead, a movie adaptation of Frankenstein that follows two young medical
Governor Corbett issues letter
Wendell Pritchett—the former Rutgers-Camden Chancellor who was named to the SRC with the first of Mayor Nutter's two allotted appointments this fall—has been declared as the interim chairman of the SRC after Governor Tom Corbett issued a letter on the matter today. Mayor Nutter has yet to make his second appointment following the much ballyhooed resignations of Robert L. Archie and Johnny Irizarry. [Daily News]
Why the Roxy sucks
EDITOR’S NOTE: In honor of the release of our annual Best of Philly issue (on newsstands now), we’ve asked Philly Post contributors to name their own personal Bests and Worsts of Philly.Best Reason Why Center City needs a new Movie Theater: The RoxyI appreciate that someone is willing to run a Center City movie theater west of 4th Street (one that doesn’t play porn, that is). But the Roxy depresses me. Yes, there is charm to be had in ticket sales being recorded in a spiral notebook. But dirt on the floors, super-uncomfortable chairs, and tiny screens with exit-signs in the corner should not be our only Center City option to see Harry Potter. We shouldn’t have to settle, or suffer at Riverview or the Rave UCity (Philly Mag’s 2011 Worst Movie Theater), or have to drive to Jersey! Center City needs a new, first-rate movie house.