Northeast Times

 Articles by Rita Charleston

Comedian Chris Kattan to perform at Helium Comedy Club

“The main things to remember if you want to become a standup comic is to have lots of confidence in yourself and believe in what you’re doing,” said comic actor and Saturday Night Live alum Chris Kattan, set to appear Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 26-28, at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. in Center City. Of course, talent doesn’t hurt either, which is obvious in Kattan’s case. And for now, after decades of doing television and film, Kattan, 42, is concentrating on showing those talents as he does standup comedy in front of live audiences.


The power of poetry

It wasn’t until he was a student at Archbishop Ryan High School that Northeast native Mike Dees, who grew up around the Frankford Avenue/Knights Road area, considered becoming an actor — but then only briefly.


Quality time with the family

The Addams Family, a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will make its Philadelphia premiere March 19-24 at the Academy of Music. 


Desert fun, in drag

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the most successful Australian musical of all time, is making its Philadelphia premiere now through March 3 at the Academy of Music.


When the fur goes flying

If you’re looking for a little out-of-the-ordinary family entertainment you will find it when Gregory Popovich and his adorable rescued pets from animal shelters take center stage for two shows at the Keswick Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 17.


The role of a lifetime

Peter Lockyer, a long-ago young Marius in the original Broadway and touring productions of Les Miserables, has graduated to the role of heroic patriarch Jean Valjean in the new 25th anniversary revised edition of the international hit musical, on stage at the Academy of Music through Sunday.


The role of a lifetime

— Peter Lockyer stars as Jean Valjean in ‘Les Miz,’ now at the Academy of Music.


A strange case

When Constantine Maroulis was on American Idol, his image was that of a bad boy rocker. So now, stepping into the lead role of Jekyll & Hyde, making its Philadelphia premiere Dec. 26 to 30 at the Forrest Theatre, he seems a natural choice. 


An anthem for peace

Hailed by many as a piece of theatrical magic, War Horse, the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I, will come to the Academy of Music on Nov. 20 and play through Dec. 2.