18th century British comedy resonates still

By: Aaron Levin

In 1775, playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan found himself in Bath, England, with expensive tastes and little money, but with a very sharp pen. At the time, theater in Britain generally meant lifeless, sentimental, oppressively genteel comedies full of stock characters and tired plots.To make some money, Sheridan wrote The Rivals, and he succeeded at his goal by lampooning all the familiar ... READ MORE

Artist explores facets of female faces

By: Carol Sorgen

As a young art student, Espi Frazier belonged to a group of mixed media artists and performers dedicated to changing audience perceptions of African Americans.In her upcoming solo show at the Hamilton Gallery during November, Frazier, now 60, strives to do the same for women — one of her favorite subjects.The 18 black and white illustrations that make up “The Many Faces of... READ MORE

Weight Watchers founder keeps trim at 87

By: Matt Sedensky

PARKLAND, Florida — Jean Nidetch ambles down the hallway of the senior community where she lives, two cups of Coca-Cola teetering on her walker. In her one-bedroom apartment, there are Klondike bars in the freezer and, in the fridge, Baileys Irish Cream beside Chinese take-out.If these don’t seem the trappings of the woman who founded Weight Watchers, don’t be alarmed. At... READ MORE

Murder, blackmail and music in Chicago

By: Robert Friedman

When Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville opened on Broadway in 1975, many in the audience were said to be shocked — shocked! — by the show’s subversive view of such seeming American verities as a fair and impartial justice system and the secular sainthood of celebrities.But that was then, 36 years ago. Now, yesterday’s biting cynicism has become today’s relished... READ MORE

Murder, blackmail and music in Chicago

By: Robert Friedman

When Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville opened on Broadway in 1975, many in the audience were said to be shocked — shocked! — by the show’s subversive view of such seeming American verities as a fair and impartial justice system and the secular sainthood of celebrities.But that was then, 36 years ago. Now, yesterday’s biting cynicism has become today’s relished... READ MORE

Festival spotlights latest trends in crafts

By: Carol Sorgen

So, what’s new in the crafts world? More than 250 American craftspeople and artists will answer that question at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium, taking place from Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2.The theme of this 35th anniversary festival is “New This Season.” It will showcase the latest work, techniques and materials of the jury-selected artists.Among... READ MORE