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Heart and refreshing frankness: Aetna Gallagher and Trice Baldwin-Browns in Curio’s ‘I Heart Alice Heart I.’ (Photo by Rebecca Gudelunas.)

Curio Theatre Company presents Amy Conroy’s ‘I Heart Alice Heart I’

Hand over your heart

Curio Theatre Company’s ‘I Heart Alice Heart I’ explores a decades-long partnership with humor and tenderness. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Sublime design and a strong performance from Satchel Williams in Inis Nua’s ‘A Hundred Words for Snow.’ (Photo by Wide Eyed Studios.)

Inis Nua presents Tatty Hennessy’s ‘A Hundred Words for Snow’

Narrations from the North Pole

With ‘A Hundred Words for Snow,’ Inis Nua mounts a gorgeous production of a flawed play. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

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Little palpable danger: Jered McLenigan, Julianna Zinkel, and Steven Wright in EgoPo’s ‘Fool for Love.’ (Photo courtesy of EgoPo.)

EgoPo Classic Theater presents Sam Shepard’s ‘Fool for Love’

A dusty desert affair

EgoPo Classic Theater’s production of ‘Fool for Love’ lacks the charged current that pulls the doomed central couple together, even as it guarantees their mutual destruction. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Investigating the experience, not decoding meaning: Jon Zak, Tina Brock, and Thomas Dura in IRC’s ‘Bald Soprano.’ (Photo by Johanna Austin.)

Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium presents Eugène Ionesco’s ‘The Bald Soprano’

Why revisit Ionesco?

Once again, the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium explores meaning, truth, language, and absurdity in ‘The Bald Soprano’. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Energy, feeling, and wit: violinist Isabelle Faust, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, and pianist Alexander Melkinov. (Image courtesy of Princeton University Concerts.)

Princeton University Concerts presents ‘Beethoven’s Trios’

A living, laughing presence—250 years later

Beethoven loved composing piano trios, but they often get short shrift today. A Princeton University concert paired two lesser-known works with the famous “Archduke,” playing with a verve that proved the form’s ongoing worth. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

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A metaphor for art-making under oppression: the characters of ‘Grey Rock’ build a rocket. (Photo by Carlos Cardona.)

The Kimmel Center presents Amir Nizar Zuabi’s ‘Grey Rock’

When art reaches for the moon

‘Grey Rock,’ from a Palestinian writer/director and cast, reminds us that some things in life are worth pursuing not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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A gem of American music: Gregory Porter is on his way to the Kimmel. (Photo by Erik Humphery.)

Superstar singer Gregory Porter makes his first visit to the Kimmel Center

The rise of Gregory Porter

Especially for those deep in the last 10 years of the Harlem jazz scene, one singer’s international rise has been a thrill. Gregory Porter is heading for his first concert at the Kimmel. Vena Jefferson will be there.
Vena Jefferson

Vena Jefferson

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Philly author Eric Smith invites us into a world of gaming, geekdom, and what we do to keep afloat online and IRL. (Image courtesy of the author.)

‘Don’t Read the Comments’ by Eric Smith

Gamer girl

This story about a young person forced to commodify her every moment is an endearing and compelling window on claiming space in gamer-geek culture. Michelle Nugent reviews.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

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A proxy for the body and our relationship to rituals: Shona McAndrew’s 2016 ‘Sofia,' in papier-mâché, aluminum, fabric, and acrylic. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

The Galleries at Moore present ‘Emerging Philadelphia’

Voyeurs, viewers, buyers

The Galleries at Moore present ‘Emerging Philadelphia,’ made up of three conceptually and materially distinct solo exhibitions by local artists Shona McAndrew, Matt A. Osborn, and Stacey Lee Webber. Alicia Link reviews.
Alicia Link

Alicia Link

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When do lies become truth and truth become lies? Anthony Martinez-Briggs and Brett Ashley Robinson in the Wilma’s ‘Describe the Night.’ (Photo by Johanna Austin.)

The Wilma Theater presents Rajiv Joseph’s ‘Describe the Night’

Truth and lies, then and now

In a theatrical epic, playwright Rajiv Joseph uses Soviet history to make us look at ourselves, right now in the United States. Brad Rothbart reviews.
Brad Rothbart

Brad Rothbart

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