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Glimmers of Ntozake Shange: the ensemble of ‘Renaissance’ at the Wilma. (Image courtesy of the Wilma.)

The Wilma Theater presents ‘Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale’

Over the rainbow

Sparked by a 2011 social-media post about gentrification, the Wilma’s ‘Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale’ forces you to listen. Hanae Mason reviews.
Hanae Mason

Hanae Mason

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A new score for ‘Faust’ fails to characterize sexual coercion as the evil it is. (Image via Wikimedia Commons.)

Not So Silent Cinema and the Bismuth Quartet present Murnau’s ‘Faust’

Fresh eyes on 'Faust'

Mephisto’s battle for a good man’s soul still compels today, but a new Not So Silent Cinema score for Murnau’s ‘Faust,’ by Brendan Cooney and members of the Bismuth Quartet, highlights an enduring trauma. Aaron Pond reviews.
Aaron Pond

Aaron Pond

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Warm, funny, and current: Michael A. Stahler and Annie Fang in Azuka’s ‘Ship.’ (Photo by Johanna Austin/austinart.org.)

Azuka Theatre Company presents Doug Williams’s ‘Ship’

Young pros sail in

With the help of its Young Professionals cohort, Azuka’s ‘Ship’ delivers a funny story with a lot of heart. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

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Conductor Edward Gardner may not be well-known in the US, but his visit to the Philadelphia Orchestra proved it’s time to take note. (Photo by Pete Checchia.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents organist Paul Jacobs

Pulling out the stops

Organ virtuoso Paul Jacobs returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra with Michael Daugherty’s ‘Once Upon a Castle,’ an exhilarating symphonie concertante written especially for him. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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An unforeseen pastiche: The Crossing’s ‘Knee Plays’ ensemble. (Photo by John C Hawthorne.)

#GLASSFEST and The Crossing present Donald Nally’s ‘Knee Plays’

Maximal minimalists

The Crossing mixes it up to kick off #GLASSFEST, with the premiere of ‘Knee Plays,’ drawn from the music of Philip Glass and David Byrne. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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The view at the Discovery Center makes for an extraordinary concert venue. (Photo by Margaret Darby.)

Network for New Music presents ‘Musical Ecologies’

Music of the (bio)spheres

Network for New Music’s ‘Musical Ecologies’ was right at home beside the birdfeeders at the Discovery Center. Margaret Darby reviews.
Margaret Darby

Margaret Darby

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Skillfully performed, but perhaps too impressionistic: Jessica C. Warchall-King performs her ‘Shed.’ (Photo by Mike Hurwitz.)

JCWK Dance Lab presents ‘HOMEbody’

At home in her body

JCWK Dance Lab’s ‘HOMEbody’ explores the physical embodiment of home in an ambitious and inspiring new dance. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

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From a Shakespeare wannabe to modern-day creationists: who are the frauds? (Image courtesy of the author.)

‘Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds’ by Nancy Moses

What makes a fake?

‘Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds,’ following the long life of swindles and controversies from Shakespeare to anti-vaxxers, doesn’t draw the sharp parallels that the topic deserves in today’s world. Michelle Nugent reviews.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

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Artistic legitimacy to the decorative arts: Joan Miró’s ‘Rhythmic Figures (Personnages rythmiques), or Woman and Birds.’ (Image courtesy of the Barnes Foundation. For additional credit info, see below.)

The Barnes presents ‘Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray’

The art of fabric

A new exhibition at the Barnes shows how Marie Cuttoli enlisted the talents of some of the 20th century’s biggest artists to help revive and redefine the art of the French tapestry. Gary Day reviews.
Gary L. Day

Gary L. Day

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Eyes at the symphony, seeing sound: Frankenthaler’s 1995 ‘Making Music.’ (Photo courtesy of PAFA; see complete credit info below.)

Arthur Ross Gallery and PAFA present works by printmaker Helen Frankenthaler

A lifetime in one stroke

Helen Frankenthaler, whose prints are enjoying simultaneous exhibitions at Arthur Ross and PAFA, said that a really good picture looks like it happened in one stroke. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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