One of the better ideas of The Philadelphia Orchestraâ€™s tour of China and Japan turned out to be one of the toughest concerts of all: a SaturdayÂ morning pop-up performance by a quartet of French horn players at the ancient ruins of St Paul's Cathedral in Macau. The Philadelphia Inquirerâ€™s David Patrick Stearns withstood the tropical heat right along with them.
David Lindsay-Abaire would seem to have a case of multiple creative personalities. The Pulitzer-winning playwright wrote the book and lyrics to Shrek the Musical and worked on the screenplay to The Great and Powerful Oz.Â
Heâ€™s now represented by a hugely different theatrical work at the Walnut Street Theatre, a play titled Good People about hard-scrabble life and class struggle in South Boston, or â€śSouthie.â€ť The Philadelphia Inquirerâ€™s David Patrick Stearns spoke to the playwright in his Brooklyn home and discovered that Good People is the real him.