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A StreetCar Named Desire has been performed thousands of times, adapted into a major motion picture staring Marlon Brando, and for the next two weeks it’s being performed at the Haddonfield Plays and Players theater.  I was lucky enough to see this legendary play Thursday night and was moved by the amazing performance of the actors and actresses.Ian Kimble, of Vineland, plays Stanley in Haddonfield Plays & Players' "A Street Car Named Desire." The play opens tonight at Haddonfield Plays & Players' theater in Haddonfield at 8 and runs through Saturday, March 10. Photo: David Gold
       
A StreetCar Named Desire covers a wide variety of taboo issues such as abuse, rape, and mental illness. Director Craig Hutchings and the cast (who were nice enough to speak to after the play) made it very clear they took extreme precautions as to how they approached these sensitive topics.

Hutchings sought the advice of the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) before production began. In addition, he has asked them to be present at each show and is holding an auction in support of this amazing organization.
       
While the play touches on many major issues that will always be prominent in society, the cast and crew delivered them with grace and class. Kristin Forman plays Blanche DuBois, a slightly delusional women running away from her past. Forman gave one of the best performances of Blanche I have ever seen, bringing the character’s issues to life, and tears to your eyes as her world fell apart and past lies of her life were discovered. Forman delivered the delusional and constantly drunk Blanche in a one of a kind refreshing way. As Blanche slowly fell apart throughout the course of the play, Forman’s performance continued to surprise and delight the audience.

Blanche’s sister Stella Kowalski was played by Kaitlyn Delengowski, who delivered a powerful performance. Kowalski’s character represents the prototypical victim of abuse that continues in society today. Delengowski was able to deliver her role in a convincing and relatable way while still keeping the deeper, relevant issues at hand.

Ian Kimble played Stanley Kowalski, Stella’s abusive husband who ultimately causes Blanche’s delusional world to crash down around her. Hutchings and the cast noted that Kimble had a difficult time grasping the abusive side of his character, something he finds extremely disturbing. With that being said, he rivaled Marlon Brando’s now famous “Stella!” scream, and gave an excellent performance of the abusive and manipulative Stanley.  

The rest of the cast not only played their parts, but they played them extremely well. Each helped bring the story to life and greatly enhanced their respective performances. It is very rare that you find a cast this talented with the abilities to pull off such a hard-hitting play outside of Broadway.

If you’re looking to mix up date night this week, or just looking to spend a few hours lost in a classic, you wont want to miss this performance of A StreetCar Named Desire. The playhouse is just ten minutes outside of Center City. The show will be run from Friday, February 24th to Saturday, March 10th at 8:00pm.

For more information on this must see play and all of their upcoming shows, visit www.haddonfieldplayers.com.

Mandelyn Kilroy is currently attending Full Sail University and majoring in Creative Writing For Entertainment. Mandelyn currently lives out side of Philadelphia near King of Prussia with her cocker spaniel Chloe. When she is not working or studying, she spends her time reading, writing, and taking in everything Philly has to offer.

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Phillies legend and former manager Larry Bowa will appear at The Sports Cave in Philadelphia (1625 Chestnut Street) this Saturday, February 25th from 1pm to 2:30!  Tickets are $20.

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For those of you who missed it, the Phillies Shane Victorino had a cameo in Monday night’s episode of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS. You can check it out here. I’m sure the Flyin’ Hawaiin will get his fair share of razzing from his teammates down in Florida!

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What would you do if the person you consider your soul mate suddenly forgot who you were? What if they never remembered you again? Can love really conquer all or are there so instances where it just isn’t enough?The Vow poster: collider.com
          
The Vow staring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, has been a wildly anticipated by every hopeless romantic in the world. This weekend after reading the book last weekend, I saw the movie, and was extremely let down. I was recently quoted saying that the book version of The Vow put Romeo and Juliet, Jane Eyre, and The Notebook to shame.

Sadly, I wish I could say the same for the movie version of The Vow, which was nothing like the book.
          
The Vow is written by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, the real life couple that found themselves in one of the most horrific situations any couple could ever find them selves in. A horrendous accident left Krickitt in critical condition to the point where the doctors were so skeptical about her survival the medevac originally refused to fly her to a properly equipped hospital. Even after being transferred to neurological trauma center, Krickitt was hanging on by a thread and was given mere hours to survive. I didn’t believe in miracles until I read this book. However, after reading how she not only survived but made a full recovery (except for losing some of her memory), I found myself in complete awe.The Vow book photo: amazon.com
          
Unfortunately, the movie left me disappointed. Mainly because I thought the real life couple wasn’t given enough justice in regards how traumatic their ordeal really was. The only part of the movie that was true to the book was Krickitt (who is called Paige in the movie) losing her memory. In saying that, the accident and her injuries were down played so much that it was almost hard for me to believe she lost her memory. I think what upset me the most was how her family was depicted (along with the creation of a previous fiancé.)
          
Another aspect not translated to film was how religious Krickitt and Kim (as well as Krickitt’s family) are. So much in fact that Kim was her first, which any hopeless romantic will find heart wrenchingly beautiful.

Overall if you want to see the greatest love story ever told, don’t waste your time with the movie, read the book. You will find your self-crying with Kim and Krickitt, praying with them, and smiling as the two overcome unbelievable odds.

Mandelyn Kilroy is currently attending Full Sail University and majoring in Creative Writing For Entertainment. Mandelyn currently lives out side of Philadelphia near King of Prussia with her cocker spaniel Chloe. When she is not working or studying, she spends her time reading, writing, and taking in everything Philly has to offer.

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We all remember the scene when the malicious Sensei tells his student to sweep the leg.  Johnny hesitates for a brief moment, tosses his golden locks around a bit, but ultimately decides to take his orders and meets Daniel-San back on the mat for the premeditated low-blow. Van Damme photo: the100.ru 

We don’t question why he did it. It was obvious; he was the bad guy. He was the character who fought dirty.  Just think back to all of these types of movie moments where we hoot and yell for the good guy even louder when their bad guy opponent steps outside the bounds of sportsmanship and takes the low road in an attempt to win. I can think of three or four off the top of my head starring Jean Claude Van Damme alone!

I got to thinking about the concept of small battles, and how in relationships we find ourselves in them on a pretty regular basis. And that’s in the instance that you have a relatively NORMAL relationship. But what happens when someone in that relationship metaphorically “sweeps the leg”?  Is there ever really a fair fight when one of you is a low blower?  I would argue that no, there can’t be, because the moment that one of you enters the realm of street fighter where anything goes, you’ve lost the integrity of the natural argument and a chance at real resolution to change.  

When my ex and I were coming to an imminent break up, we had a kind of state of the union address and went over all the lessons learned within the five years of our relationship. I asked him what was there that he’s suggesting I would work on, and really what would have made me a better girlfriend. I patted myself on the back and my maturity in just ASKING this question.

I mean how awesome was I to really ask such a question all in the spirit of growth and self-awareness?  It wasn’t until much later that I realized what I was expecting him to say was “Nothing. You were the Mary Poppins of girlfriends: practically perfect in every way.”  

Instead, he said to me with a full on honest face, “you’re a dirty fighter.”   

 

I was shocked. I wasn’t one of THOSE girls in high school, or anywhere else for that matter. I never took off my earrings, smeared some Vaseline on my face, and met anyone out on the blacktop. How and WHY was I being characterized as a “dirty fighter”?  He told me, “You were impossible to fight with because you would just go to mean places, intentionally hurtful places, and keep throwing below the belt until I just stopped fighting with you. Sad thing was you thought you won, and really all that was happening is I was choosing to just walk away from you." Wawa photo: archer-group.com
 

I didn’t know I was doing that. Sure, I knew that sometimes I would get so angry that I would beat a point to death like I was swinging a bag of hot nickels, and a few “yo mama” comments definitely came out, but how many of those “common” arguments weren’t arguments at all, but really just pity submissions to a hot tempered bad guy?  Did we ever move forward in our relationship if I was just being pacified?  I appreciated his candor and I decided to really invest in changing that flaw in myself considerably. 

I can now say that I recognize this in myself and I make all efforts to play nice.  When I get into a heated debate or disagreement with someone, be it a boyfriend, friend, family, Wawa sandwich maker, whomever, I don’t go for the easy win, as a matter of fact that’s the real lesson here;  I don’t really go for the “win” at all.  In an argument if your intention is to win over your partner, then that’s no longer an argument, it’s a fight.  And by instinct when we’re in a fight we do one of two things; (help me out here Darwin fans) we stand and fight back, or we take flight.  

If I could impart a small bit of wisdom, it would be to make the effort in your relationship to not go for the win, but instead go for the truth. I mean think about it, that’s really what you’re getting to the heart of in most arguments; the truth of what you want and the truth of why they aren’t giving it to you.   
If you watch boxing like I do you’re pretty familiar with the referees giving the fighters the instruction “watch your low blows.”  Even in a sport where two guys/girls stand toe to toe and make it a point to beat on one another’s face until their eyes swell shut and they somewhat start to resemble mulch, there’s no honor or credit given to the opponent who aims for the weak spot.  Keep the arguments clean so when all the smoke clears and the issues are open and out for change you won’t have to mess with taking back a bunch of heated “kidney punches,” and you can instead move right ahead with the make-up sex, or a free shorty Wawa hoagie, depending on who your opponent was. 

Ladies, ever wonder where the phrase "tapped that" originated?  Fella's, ever wonder if girls had slumber parties with nighties and pillow fights?  Yeah, well me too.  The Vagina MonoBlogs takes a proactive but honest point of view on some of these timeless questions and offers some perspectives to apply...or avoid for that matter!

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You know him from his Philly2Philly column The Morning After during football season when he recaps Eagles games every morning. Yes, I'm talking about our very own Steve Olenski who made the first cut for Xfinity's "Next Sports Social Media Star" contest. 

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The top five vote-getters will get to showcase their skills at a live sporting event the weekend of March 10th.

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In part two of our interview, Brian discusses the late Chris Farley and his efforts in trying to renovate Camden, New Jersey.

 

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Philly2Philly recently had the privilege of talking with two-time Tony Award Winner Brian Dennehy, who was taking part in several projects with Msgr. Michael Mannion to help renovate the city of Camden, New Jersey. Brian also spoke at St. Vincent Pallotti Church in Haddon Twp., New Jersey later that evening.
 
In first of two parts, Brian talks about the city of Camden, as well working with Sylvester Stallone in the first Rambo film First Blood.
 
Disclaimer: Brian is a Giants fan, but he loves the Phillies!

 

Look for Part 2 of our interview with Brian soon!

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Join the Ronald McDonald House for their Wine and Chocolate Event

Date: March 03, 2012  7-11pm

Valleybrook Country Club
200 Golf View Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012

Tickets: $50 if purchased prior to February 10, 2012
            $60 if purchased after

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Anyone interested in doing a sponsorship or donating for the silent auction can contact Amy Bielecki at 410-430-6435 or youngfriendsrmhsnj@gmail.com   

 

 

 

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