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A cast of six women take on the Bard’s tale of greed, hubris, and disloyalty at Bristol Riverside Theatre. (Photo by Mark Garvin.)

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’

Losing Lear’s essence

The acclaimed classical troupe Bedlam brings a streamlined and confounding adaptation of ‘King Lear’ to Bristol Riverside Theatre. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ gave the Opera Philadelphia musicians pride of place alongside the singers. (Image courtesy of Opera Philadelphia.)

Opera Philadelphia presents Verdi’s ‘Requiem’

Music worth worshiping

Verdi’s operatic ‘Requiem’ gets top-drawer treatment from the orchestra, chorus, and soloists of Opera Philadelphia. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Sadness and possibilities of hope: a 1913 photograph of composer Lili Boulanger, who died at age 24. (Image via Wikimedia Commons.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Daniil Trifonov

Lili, Ludwig, Louise—and Daniil

Piano superstar Daniil Trifonov offered revelatory readings of two Beethoven concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra, played alongside underheard works by two women composers. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Fight looks different for everyone: Claris Park, Kimie Muroya, Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters, and Annie Fang in InterAct’s ‘Man of God.’ (Image courtesy of InterAct.)

InterAct Theatre Company presents Anna Moench’s ‘Man of God’

A violating eye

InterAct’s ‘Man of God’ exposes the danger between vulnerability and shame, as four teenage girls far from home discover that someone is watching them. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

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Remnants of a renaissance: ‘Philadelphia Wireman’ (c.1970-1975) is on view at ‘Invisible City.’ (Image courtesy of UArts.)

UArts presents Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde

Philadelphia’s mid-century renaissance

A sprawling new exhibition on Philly’s own midcentury renaissance connects us with cultural touchstones from the iconic to the obscure in exhibits and events that span media and disciplines, from posters and books to architecture, painting, performance, and photography. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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A story of the journey from the unknown of addiction to the unknown of recovery. (Image courtesy of Modern History Press.)

‘Yoga Cocaine’ by Daralyse Lyons

Surviving invincibility

In Daralyse Lyons’s ‘Yoga Cocaine,’ a volatile woman living with addiction discovers that vulnerability is even harder than keeping the protections we make for ourselves. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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No falling off the bench here: Yefim Bronfman rendered Beethoven with maturity and integrity. (Photo by Frank Stewart.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Yefim Bronfman at the Academy of Music

Dust devils and Rachmaninoff

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s first subscription concert of 2020, marking a return to the Academy of Music, featured Vivian Fung’s spirited ‘Dust Devils’ alongside Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

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A compelling read for Philadelphia and beyond. (Image courtesy of G.P. Putnam's Sons.)

‘Such a Fun Age’ by Kiley Reid

Race and class in Rittenhouse Square

In Kiley Reid’s debut novel, Emira and her employer Alix navigate racism, privilege, and transactional relationships in 2015 Philadelphia. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

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Subtle, pristine, and sensitive musicianship: soloist Friedrich Heinrich Kern on the glass harmonica. (Photo by Gail Obenreder.)

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents ‘Music of the Enlightenment’

A glass from the past

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia hails the glass harmonica to revive the Enlightenment—an appropriate sound for Philadelphia’s history. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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Not so dreamy: Carmen Maria Machado takes a nuanced approach to complicated realities. (Image courtesy of Graywolf Press.)

‘In the Dream House’ by Carmen Maria Machado

Memoir reinvented

Carmen Maria Machado’s innovative memoir, ‘In the Dream House,’ examines an abusive relationship from numerous angles, fighting the silence about domestic violence within queer communities. Cass Lewis reviews.
Cass Lewis

Cass Lewis

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