A black-and-white print of a giant metal machine with arms, pillars, and wheels. It’s outdoors under a partly clouded sky

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are

Pursuing the perfect print

Few people know that master printmaker Richard Benson also had an exquisite body of work as a photographer. The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates every facet of the artist in a new exhibition. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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Number One film poster. A rotoscoped image of two people in all black. One is yelling to the sky, another covers their face.

The Weekly Roundup, October 13-19, 2021

'Fantasy Basement,' 'Spring Awakening,' PHonk! Philly, and the FirstGlance Film Festival

Nerd-centric burlesque and comedy, a pair of new music fests, Temple Theaters reopens its doors, and FirstGlance Film Festival returns for its 24th year. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
Anthony Lawton, wearing a button-down shirt, sits with a thoughtful look. Wooden blinds cast slats of light behind him.

Lantern Theater Company presents Neil Bartlett’s The Plague

Conscience and contagion

Lantern Theater Company’s chilling adaptation of Camus’s The Plague, a US premiere, holds an uncomfortable theatrical mirror to our own pandemic reality. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
Nézet-Séguin sits at a grand piano, pausing play to conduct orchestra members, grouped around him, with his hands

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Florence Price’s Symphony No. 4

A sweet streamer

For its first Digital Stage concert of the new season, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed Florence Price's Symphony No. 4 in D minor, a masterpiece of musical art discovered after the composer's death. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read
Actor Rachel Brodeur. She has long red hair and wears a flowing light-colored linen headdress like images of the Virgin Mary

Inis Nua Theatre presents Janet Moran’s A Holy Show

A smooth landing

Inis Nua’s A Holy Show gives a surprising warm and fuzzy feeling despite its grim subject matter: the 1981 hijacking of Aer Lingus flight 164. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 3 minute read
A colorful illustration featuring cartoon-stylized angels, including Azrael, who is centered and is wearing masquerade makeup

Brainchild Stageworkx presents Ryk Lewis’s The Ongoing Plight of the Ferryman

Opportunity knocks at death's door

Enjoy the season and get into the spirit of Halloween with this family-friendly original musical from Philly artist Ryk Lewis. Christina Anthony previews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Previews 2 minute read
13 singers and musicians, all dressed in black, perform on the gold-painted, pillared chancel of a church full of listeners.

Piffaro and Variant 6 present A New Sun Rises

A new start for old music

Piffaro launched its first in-person concert since the pandemic with the singers of Variant 6 for a wide-ranging program, including the premiere of Kile Smith’s "Ave Maris Stella." Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
A scene from Minor Character: three actors, wearing large red cardigans, seem to be prepping dinner on a long wooden counter

The Wilma presents New Saloon’s Minor Character

Welcome back to the Wilma

The Wilma returns to live, in-person performance with Minor Character, a play presenting six translations of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the same time. Brad Rothbart reviews.
Brad Rothbart

Brad Rothbart

Reviews 4 minute read
A Tommy and Me scene. Matt Pfeiffer as Didinger looks at a vintage Eagles helmet that Tom Teti as McDonald holds out to him

Delaware Theatre Company presents Ray Didinger’s Tommy and Me

The lore of the game

Delaware Theatre Company’s Tommy and Me is an especially welcoming reopening performance combining sports and theater, two things best experienced in a crowd. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Two white protesters hold handwritten cardboard signs comparing inequitable theater salaries and the words Protect the Artist

Philly’s Protect the Artist protestors take their demands to the Walnut’s opening night

A new opening scene

After a summer of protest and invitations to dialogue that went ignored by the Walnut Street Theatre, Protect the Artist organizers took their message to the Walnut’s 2021 opening night. Wendy Rosenfield was there.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Features 6 minute read
View from the middle of a crowd of hundreds, facing forward with the crowd. They wave signs at the base of City Hall.

Philadelphia rally speakers warn that the battle for abortion rights is coming to Pennsylvania

Reproductive justice matters to our cultural sector

All eyes are on the Supreme Court this week, taking up cases including one that could overturn the constitutional right to an abortion. What does Philly think about that? Alaina Johns attended the rally.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 6 minute read
Leslie Odom Jr. and Alessandro Nivola face each other in profile in a scene from the movie.

HBO presents The Many Saints of Newark

The Sopranos, before and after

The new Sopranos movie, The Many Saints of Newark, isn’t nearly as transcendent as its series predecessor. But it does tell a much more honest story about the Mafia, Newark, and race. Stephen Silver considers.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 5 minute read
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A color rendering of the French Revolution in 1789. A fortress burns and homes collapse behind a mass of armed people

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony

Beethoven’s belated birthday

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia returned to live performance with an ambitious program anchored by Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, but the results were somewhat variable. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Merata Mita sits with two her children in a black and white portrait.

The Weekly Roundup, October 6-12

Honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Philly

An assorted roundup of events happening in the city and books, documentaries, and podcasts to explore beyond Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 5 minute read
An illustration of a fried egg on a plate, next to a fork & a cell phone on the table. The show title is written on the plate

Lightning Rod Special presents We Are Trying to Reach You

Listening in on IVF

Lightning Rod Special continues its audio series Sound Break with We Are Trying to Reach You, Katie Gould’s challenging path to pregnancy told through voicemails, song, and egg jokes. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

Reviews 3 minute read
A life-size illustration of a Coclé man sports real-life bright gold plates, jewelry, belt, and armband.

Penn Museum presents The Stories We Wear

Our selves, on our sleeves

At Penn Museum’s The Stories We Wear, specimens of clothing spanning thousands of years prove that humans have always been dressing for success, and our tastes have changed less than you’d think. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
Hunt poses in all black in a black and white portrait photo.

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's The Eroica Symphony opens the new season

A heroic reopening

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia opens its season with a symphony normally played by larger orchestras—Beethoven’s Eroica. Tom Purdom previews.
Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom

Previews 1 minute read
Two women with identical blonde bobcuts sit in a theater, slightly spooked, holding hands. The room is tinted an intense blue

The October 2021 repertory movie roundup

Trick-or-treat, give me something good to screen

A Halloween-y lineup of films screening in the Philadelphia area this month. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 5 minute read
Six performers pose in front of gazebo pillars, dressed in all black.

Piffaro welcomes the new and old with A New Sun Rising

Renaissance music for a musical renaissance

Piffaro returns to live, in-person concerts with a celebration of rising suns and the dawn of a new era in its 40-year history. Tom Purdom previews.
Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom

Previews 2 minute read
Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Iman Habibi smile on the Verizon Hall stage in front of a standing ovation, the orchestra behind them

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Beethoven and Iman Habibi

Out of the wilderness

In its first performance before a paying audience at Verizon Hall since March 2020, the Philadelphia Orchestra picked up right where it left off, with a stirring interpretation of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
Dancer Kate Lombardi, a white woman, holds out her arms onstage. She wears a long, flowing red dress with long tight sleeves.

Philly Fringe 2021: Dancefusion and Movement Migration present Dance Voices

The founding mothers of modern dance

Philly’s Dancefusion teamed with the visiting troupe Movement Migration to present Dance Voices, a double bill of five pieces by the two companies, an interesting mix of modern styles for the Philly Fringe. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 3 minute read
Rucker sits across from Temple outside at a small wooden table.

Getting up close with Intercultural Journeys's Close Ups: Scars and Emblems

Shapeshifting stories of hope and hurt

Ursula Rucker teams up with Intercultural Journeys for a second season of Close Ups, a series of hour-long performances and conversations. Christina Anthony previews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

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