Take a journey with The Band’s Visit, now through 1/19 at The Academy of Music

-Brenda Hillegas Feature image: The company of The Band’s Visit, North American Tour. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade. The Band’s Visit, nominated for 11 Tony Awards (winning 10, including Best Musical), tells the tale of a group of people who end up in a small, unfamiliar town. Due to language barriers and a mispronunciation, an Egyptian police orchestra finds themselves far from where they are … Continue reading Take a journey with The Band’s Visit, now through 1/19 at The Academy of Music

Actor Steven Rishard discusses Rajiv Joseph’s Obie-winning play, “Describe the Night”, at Wilma Theater 1/28 to 2/16.

-Brenda Hillegas Describe the Night is a thrilling, Obie award-winning play by Rajiv Joseph (his Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama). This not-to-be-missed show is set in Russia over the course of 90 years and follows eight characters who are connected by history and myth as the origins of Putin’s power unfold. This is not quite a … Continue reading Actor Steven Rishard discusses Rajiv Joseph’s Obie-winning play, “Describe the Night”, at Wilma Theater 1/28 to 2/16.

The Band’s Visit’s Adam Gabay discusses his journey with the musical’s first national tour; in Philly 1/7-1/19.

-Brenda Hillegas (Feature image: the company of The Band’s Visit North American Tour, photo by Matthew Murphy) The Kimmel Center’s Broadway 2019-2020 season continues with The Band’s Visit, coming to the Academy of Music next week. We spoke with actor Adam Gabay who plays the character of Papi, a cafe worker in the fictional town of Bet Hatikva, Israel. Adam has been enjoying his first … Continue reading The Band’s Visit’s Adam Gabay discusses his journey with the musical’s first national tour; in Philly 1/7-1/19.

Wow your family with Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Merriam Theater- now through 12/29th!

-Brenda Hillegas In a word. WOW. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend in Philadelphia, do not look beyond Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater (until 12/29). This incredible show, now in its 12th touring season, brings together performers of all kinds- and from various parts of the world- to present a show unlike anything you have ever experienced before. … Continue reading Wow your family with Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Merriam Theater- now through 12/29th!

The Snow Queen at Arden Theatre is an exciting adventure to share with your friends and family.

-Brenda Hillegas (Katherine Fried in Arden Theatre Company’s The Snow Queen. Photo by Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios.) The Snow Queen is an iconic children’s fairy tale character and her story deserves two hours of your time. She originated in 1844 by Hans Christian Andersen and since then the ice-hearted queen and her chill have developed into many adaptations and characters in modern day theatre, … Continue reading The Snow Queen at Arden Theatre is an exciting adventure to share with your friends and family.

Icebox cake with bananas and Nilla Wafers

Icebox Cake   Courtesy of Joei DeCarlo   Ingredients  1 box vanilla instant pudding mix (I prefer Jell-O brand) 1 box chocolate instant pudding mix 1 box of Nilla Wafers 1/2 container of Cool Whip 3 bananas, sliced Directions  Defrost Cool Whip 2-3 hours prior to assembling cake. Prepare pudding mixes according to package directions. Keep flavors separate, in their own bowls. Crush 1/2 box of Nilla Wafers into fine crumbs by hand … Continue reading Icebox cake with bananas and Nilla Wafers

The Santa Express

by Debra Russino The Christmas season is upon us once again. It’s a joyous and festive occasion for all to enjoy. Santa is working overtime and because our shopping methods have changed, there is a modern day version of helpers on the scene.  His sleigh has transformed into a truck and his sack has been replaced with a mailbag, filled with many holiday treats. Their attire … Continue reading The Santa Express

Philadelphia writer Lorene Cary brings world premiere of My General Tubman to Arden Theatre Company in 2020

-Brenda Hillegas Local author Lorene Cary will be presenting the world premiere of her play, My General Tubman, here in Philadelphia at the Arden Theatre. The production explores Harriet Tubman’s journey and the impact she still has today. Cary’s first novel, The Price of a Child, was selected as the inaugural One Book, One Philadelphia in 2003. Her work includes a best-selling memoir, Black Ice, … Continue reading Philadelphia writer Lorene Cary brings world premiere of My General Tubman to Arden Theatre Company in 2020

Husband and wife Quick Change act talks about Cirque Dreams Holidaze, coming to Philadelphia 12/26!

-Brenda Hillegas Family fun this holiday season just got a whole lot better! Do not miss the latest Cirque extravaganza, coming to Philadelphia for a limited time just after Christmas. Between December 26th and December 29th, you’ll have eight chances to gather your friends and family for a trip to the Merriam Theater. Prepare to be wowed by holiday magic in a way that only … Continue reading Husband and wife Quick Change act talks about Cirque Dreams Holidaze, coming to Philadelphia 12/26!

Orecchiette with Sausage and Rabe, courtesy of Longo’s Meatballs and Martinis

Orecchiette with Sausage & Rabe    Ingredients  Courtesy of Jerry Longo Jerry Longo’s Meatballs & Martinis Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 1 oz olive oil  6 oz orecchiette pasta    6 oz cooked and sliced Italian sausage links  1/2 oz chopped garlic  1 oz butter   1/2 oz all purpose flour  .05 oz chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley   .05 oz chopped fresh basil  .01 oz red pepper flakes   2 oz white wine   4 oz chicken stock   5 oz blanched chopped broccoli rabe   2 oz grated parmesan cheese   1/2 oz extra virgin olive … Continue reading Orecchiette with Sausage and Rabe, courtesy of Longo’s Meatballs and Martinis