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The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, November 16-22, 2022
cinéSPEAK, River Devil II, and a Pre-Fost Bloom
Philly-made films, writing with Blue Stoop, a new vast exhibit at the Penn Museum, and a new quartet hits the scene this week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
SHARP Dance Company presents Stories
A revival and a premiere
SHARP Dance Company’s 2022 fall series featured both a revival and a highly anticipated premiere from artistic director Diane Sharp-Nachsin, plus intriguing gender subversions from guest choreographer Joe Cotler. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, November 9-15
Birth Dei, The Royale, the Philly Jewish Film Fest, and a chat with Sarah Podemski
The week features a restorative healing initiative, the longest running film festival in Philadelphia, The Royale from Lantern Theater Company, and a conversation with award-winning actress Sarah Podemski. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Usiloquy Dance Designs presents Philadholphia
Food for thought and dancing
Usiloquy Dance Designs hosts Philadholphia, a celebration of South Asian music and dance including its performance of Chaat. David Block previews.
Theatre in the X presents Pac and Biggie Are Dead
An exploration of self through hip-hop and theater
The spin-off of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead centers the late MCs Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., crafting a story that encourages the audience’s own self-exploration. Daralyse Lyons previews.
InterAct Theatre Company presents Will Snider’s Death of a Driver
Five reasons to go to Kenya with this regional premiere
Death of a Driver, now onstage at InterAct, speaks eloquently to our shared global reality in its story about a Kenyan taxi driver and a white American engineer. Jeannine Cook reviews.
Wilma Theater presents Milo Cramer's School Pictures
Teach the children well
Playwright and performer Milo Cramer offers an endearing portrait of the modern education system in School Pictures at the Wilma Theater. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Erin Courtney and Max Vernon’s The Tattooed Lady
The body as a canvas
Philadelphia Theatre Company launches its 2022–2023 season with new artistic directors and a world premiere musical that shines bright despite a disappointing performance from its celebrity star. Jill Ivey reviews.
Resident Ensemble Players presents Arsenic and Old Lace
A trip back in time
Does the legendary play Arsenic and Old Lace hold up for today's audiences? Gail Obenreder reviews.
Theatre Exile presents Hansol Jung’s Wolf Play
Ahead of the pack
Theatre Exile presents Hansol Jung’s Wolf Play, a poetically elliptical exploration of family bonds and casual trauma. Cameron Kelsall reviews.