Teatro del Sol presents Luis Alfaro’s ‘Oedipus El Rey’
Forward steps in storytelling
Teatro del Sol, in Residence at the Arden, presents ‘Oedipus El Rey,’ a modern twist on Sophocles’s tragedy through the lens of the Chicano experience. Christina Anthony reviews.
The Philadelphia City Archives present ‘The History of the Lazaretto’
The history of quarantine
As the greater Philadelphia area faces the coronavirus epidemic, an exhibit at the City Archives provides unique insight into the city’s long public-health history. Emily Esten reviews.
George Street Playhouse presents Joe DiPietro’s ‘Conscience’
A sense of decency in politics
The dubious legacy of Senator Joe McCarthy is well known. ‘Conscience,’ at George Street Playhouse, explores his early adversary Margaret Chase Smith, who sounded an alarm well before his reign of terror began. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
The Michener Art Museum presents Selma Bortner and Franz Josef Ponstingl
How others experience the world
Two artists now on display at the Michener—one well-known in her lifetime, and one who worked in obscurity—remind us to pay attention to the world through new perspectives. Michelle Nugent reviews.
The Pennsylvania Ballet presents ‘La Bayadère’
Here for the dancing
The Pennsylvania Ballet presents ‘La Bayadère,’ a classic tale of love and jealousy, betrayal and remorse set in a colonizers’ vision of an India that never was. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
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Theatre Horizon presents Mat Smart’s ‘The Agitators’
A country for all?
‘The Agitators’ at Theatre Horizon dramatizes the decades-long friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
‘Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War’ by Vincent Brown
The real history of the transatlantic slave trade
A new book by Harvard’s Vincent Brown proves that we can’t grapple with slavery simply as a problem of American history. ‘Tacky’s Revolt’ takes a global lens to the transatlantic slave trade, highlighting the largest rebellion of enslaved people in the 18th-century British empire. Vena Jefferson spoke with the author.
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents Pamela Frank
What the PCMS audience knows
On Super Tuesday night, violinist Pamela Frank and pianist Stephen Prutsman reminded their Perelman audience what’s really important. Dan Rottenberg reviews.
Irish Heritage Theatre presents Sebastian Barry’s ‘The Steward of Christendom’
An Irish Lear
‘The Steward of Christendom’ chronicles the Lear-like fall of the final Dublin police chief under home rule. Irish Heritage Theatre’s inconsistent production shows his pitiful demise, but not the grandeur of his former office. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
People’s Light presents Lee Hall’s ‘Shakespeare in Love’
A beloved ‘90s romance hits the stage
People’s Light brings ‘Shakespeare in Love’ to the stage as fan fiction exploring the inspiration of one of the most iconic love stories of all time. Christina Anthony reviews.