March 4, 2005
With this production of Allen Boretz's and John Murray's zany comic farce Room Service, the folks at 2nd Star chase away any lingering winter blahs. Often dismissed as the Marx Brothers' not-so-funny movie, Room Service began life in 1937 as a Broadway show about the indomitable spirit of theater people who could mount a show back then for a mere $15,000. Charles Maloney, the 2nd Star director, met the challenges of enabling his 14-member cast to bring life to these struggling theater people who employ various strategies to remain hotel-housed and fed while bringing their show to production.
October 25, 2009
Just a few months after her husband drowned their three children, Amy Castillo found herself standing on top of a mountain during a Christian missionary trip to China, winds whipping, rain pouring down. She asked herself a question: "Can I live with this?" A long time passed before she could honestly answer. The man she once playfully called "sexy thing," who swept her off her feet and quickly became her best friend, had gradually vanished over the past five years. In his place was a manic, suicidal stranger who spent entire nights at Baltimore strip clubs, blew thousands of dollars in wild shopping sprees and accused her of being self-righteous and manipulative.
April 18, 1993
If there were a room service event in the Olympic Games, Hotel Macklowe in New York City would win a gold medal in the bagel-and-blow-dryer race.On a recent visit, the order was placed -- toasted bagel, pot of coffee, glass of OJ -- and a 40-minute wait was quoted. Thirteen minutes later, a waiter arrived with a smile and a tray."That was fast," I said."Have to be fast," he replied, placing the tray on the bed and streaking out the door with a "thank you." No waiting for a signature and a tip.The Macklowe scored again when I ordered a hair dryer from the front desk.
September 23, 2012
Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and longtime Ravens nemesis Hines Ward has a new job as analyst for NBC's "Football Night in America. " But he's still feeling the old "hate" when he comes to Baltimore. Ward, who will be working in Baltimore tonight during the prime-time matchup between the Ravens and New England Patriots, posted this little chronicle on the "hate" he received on his journey to Baltimore for the game. Judging for all the parenthetical "haha's," I'm guessing there's some tongue in cheek from Ward here, but he was a much better receiver than he is a writer, so I am not so sure.
February 8, 1991
Angelina County, Texas. Abuddy of mine who is going through his second bachelorhood recently went to Dallas with a lady friend for the weekend. It is from his first-hand experience that I've been able to glean a wealth of scientific data on the high cost of loving. Remember, you read it here first -- just in time for Valentine's.Q. How much did you pay for the hotel room?A. Well, off-hand I don't remember exactly. Probably more than I ever thought it'd be.Q. One hundred dollars a night?A.
June 29, 2012
OMAHA, NEB. -- After watching Navy SEALs assault an island of terrorists and then capture a drug smuggler's yacht, Michael Phelps must have viewed his own watery mission as a day at the beach. Phelps bested his own enemies, seven swimmers who would steal a piece of his Olympic action, at the swimming trials here on Thursday night after watching the movie, Act of Valor. The flick stars active member of the elite sea, air and land warriors, known for daring, covert strikes such as the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden.