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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Yoga Cocaine’ by Daralyse Lyons
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
‘In the Dream House’ by Carmen Maria Machado
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.