Steppenwolf NOW presents James Ijames’s ‘What Is Left, Burns.’
Zooming with the past
Philadelphia playwright James Ijames makes his Steppenwolf Theatre Company debut with ‘What Is Left, Burns,’ an engrossing, elliptical digital play. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
The Print Center presents ‘(Un)Making Monuments’
A monumental re-think
In ‘(Un)Making Monuments,’ The Print Center asks how we handle tributes to a traumatic past: whether they’re defaced, reimagined, or removed, these monuments continue to tell us about ourselves. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
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.
PAAFF 2020: Takeshi Kushida’s ‘Woman of the Photographs’
'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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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‘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.
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.
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.