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The French Revolution is a break of sorts from America’s 2020 election season. (Image courtesy of Quintessence Theatre.)

Quintessence Theatre presents Georg Büchner’s ‘Danton’s Death’

Political violence…in this economy?

Quintessence Theatre finished up its Shout into the Void Virtual Play Reading Festival and celebrated Election Day with Georg Büchner’s political masterpiece ‘Danton’s Death.’ Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

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What will we do to control how others see us? Itsuki Otaki and Hideki Nagai in ‘Woman of the Photographs.’ (Image courtesy of PAAFF.)

PAAFF 2020: Takeshi Kushida’s ‘Woman of the Photographs’

Severed selves

'Woman of the Photographs,' one of the narrative features screening during the 13th annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, is a surreal Japanese film whose loose narrative is further distorted by a forced visual aesthetic. Kelly Conrad reviews.
Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad

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Journalist Talia Lavin tackles far-right groups in her own voice. (Image courtesy of Hachette Books.)

‘Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy’ by Talia Lavin

Exposing hate groups, in her own voice

Talia Lavin, one of the current political moment’s most incisive journalists, details her confrontations with the world’s worst trolls in ‘Culture Warlords.’ Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

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Reminiscent of a medieval abbey: Liza Malamut and Erik Schmalz play medieval straight trumpets in the courtyard of Germantown’s Miraculous Medal Shrine. (Photo by Sharon Torello.)

Piffaro presents ‘The Bells and Whistles of Utrecht’

Streaming with bells on

Piffaro and carilloneur Janet Tebbel are ringing all the bells in their excellent season opener, which makes the most of video. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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Family views: Alan Kim and Steven Yeun in ‘Minari.’ (Photo by Melissa Lukenbaugh, courtesy of A24.)

Philadelphia Film Festival 2020: Lee Isaac Chung’s ‘Minari’

Is the American dream enough?

Sundance Film Festival award winner ‘Minari,’ screened as one of the marquee films at the 29th annual Philadelphia Film Festival, is a family drama that doesn’t delve deep enough into the immigrant experience. Kelly Conrad reviews.
Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad

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If you’re used to struggling, what would you do for a six-figure salary? (Image courtesy of Kitty Shields.)

‘Pillar of Heaven’ by Kitty Shields

What’s a paycheck worth?

Young workers trying to survive the shoals of 2020 will relate to Philly author Kitty Shields’s urban fantasy debut, ‘Pillar of Heaven,’ which considers just what a big paycheck is worth. Michelle Nugent reviews.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

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‘With-Held’ will be relevant after we put our masks away: Janine Beckles and Joe González for PHILADANCO!. (Photo courtesy of the Annenberg Center.)

PHILADANCO! presents duets and solos with Joe González and Janine Beckles

What dance lovers have been missing

PHILADANCO! explored love and struggle with emotional performances by Joe González and Janine Beckles, in a show that brought distanced audiences as close as possible to the theater. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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A portrait of devotion: Martine Chevallier and Barbara Sukowa in 'Deux.' (Image courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.)

Philadelphia Film Festival 2020: Filippo Meneghetti’s ‘Deux’

A tender, defiant love

Filippo Meneghetti’s French-language film ‘Deux’ (‘Two of Us’) is a poignant love story and new queer classic. Mina Reinckens reviews the Philadelphia Film Festival screening.
Mina Reinckens

Mina Reinckens

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Be sure to check the reviews. (Image courtesy of Lightning Rod Special.)

Lightning Rod Special presents ‘SUPERHOST’

Enjoy your stay (or else)

Lightning Rod Special’s ‘SUPERHOST’ imagines an Airbnb that isn’t as wonderful as it appears in a recording for distanced theatergoers in search of something creepy. Alaina Johns reviews.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Courtney P. Hunter's debut novel explores the relationship between humanity and AI. (Image courtesy of the author.)

'Sentience' by Courtney P. Hunter

Painting humanity by numbers

In Philadelphia writer Courtney P. Hunter’s debut novel, 24 participants enter an experiment to determine who among them is human and who is an artificially intelligent robot. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

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