Justin Willman has one sweet job.
Elf, the perennial favorite based on the charming tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, brightens the holiday season at the Walnut Street Theatre through Jan. 5.
In his play, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, I’m Home for the Holidays, taking center stage at the Bucks County Playhouse through Nov. 23, Steve Solomon illuminates his wildly dysfunctional family at this most happy time of the year.
OK, so with his deadpan expression and seemingly lifeless delivery, Mr. Personality he’s not. But over the last three decades, dour comedian Steven Wright’s success has grown to include recurring TV roles, film appearances and even an Academy Award for a short film titled The Appointment of Dennis Jennings.
More than four decades have passed since Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong appeared in a cloud of smoke on the national stage taking their irreverent, satirical, counterculture, marijuana-addled lifestyle to audiences everywhere.
Direct from Buenos Aires, the prestigious Argentine dance troupe Tango Fire lights up the stage of the Merriam Theatre on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.
From the time he was a little boy, Eddie Bruce knew what he wanted to do.
“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.
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.
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.