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Subtle and dynamic: Frank Jimenez and Jessica Gruver in Teatro del Sol’s ‘Oedipus El Rey.’ (Photo by Alfredo Pérez.)

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.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

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Stop here, please: an 1856 drawing of the Philadelphia quarantine station viewed from the water, by artist James Fuller Queen. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

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.
Emily Esten

Emily Esten

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Senator McCarthy and Margaret Chase Smith, the woman who rebuked him first: Lee Sellars and Harriet Harris in George Street’s ‘Conscience.’ (Photo by T. Charles Erickson.)

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.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Human cost, not politicking: Selma Bortner’s ‘Over the Border,’ from her ‘Bomber’ series. (Image courtesy of the Michener Museum.)

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.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

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Heart-lifting innocence and sensuality: Oksana Maslova and Zecheng Liang in ‘La Bayadère.’ (Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.)

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.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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What did Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony know about our future? Steven Wright and Charlotte Northeast in Theatre Horizon’s ‘The Agitators.’ (Photo by Daniel Kontz.)

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.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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The history of slavery isn’t what you thought. (Image courtesy of Harvard University Press.)

‘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.
Vena Jefferson

Vena Jefferson

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Frank: Fully recovered. (Photo: Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.)

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.
Dan Rottenberg

Dan Rottenberg

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A far cry from an exalted office: Monroe Barrick as Dunne, with Donovan Lockett in IHT’s ‘Steward of Christendom.’ (Photo by Dawn Brooks.)

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.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Great romantic and comedic chemistry: Jaime Maseda and Taysha Canales in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ at People’s Light. (Photo by Mark Garvin.)

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.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

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