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This premise doesn’t lack dramatic potential: Monique Robinson, Ryan George, Grace Experience, and Ellen McLaughlin in ‘Midwives.’ (Photo by T. Charles Erickson.)

George Street Playhouse presents Chris Bohjalian’s ‘Midwives’

A difficult stage delivery

‘Midwives,’ an adaptation of Chris Bohjalian’s best-selling novel, gets a rocky birth onstage at George Street Playhouse. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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An extremely talented trio: Marcia Saunders, Graham Smith, and Janis Dardaris in ‘The Children’ at People’s Light. (Image courtesy of People’s Light.)

People’s Light presents Lucy Kirkwood’s ‘The Children’

A fresh voice for old friends

In a fine production at People's Light, Lucy Kirkwood's 'The Children' brings a human scale to the kind of story that often feels overwhelming. Brad Rothbart reviews.
Brad Rothbart

Brad Rothbart

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Military occupation as a backdrop for romance: the Paul Taylor ensemble in ‘Sunset.’ (Photo by Paul B. Goode.)

The Annenberg Center Live and NextMove Dance present Paul Taylor Dance Company

A dancemaker’s legacy

A visit from Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Annenberg showcased the late choreographer’s unique vision and range in a program that didn’t always cohere. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

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Dance and sound outside time and space: Cole Bjeli, Ellie Goudie-Averill, Jungwoong Kim, and Jenna Reigel in ‘Junkspace.’ (Photo by Jano Cohen.)

The Philadelphia Dance Project presents Tori Lawrence & Co.’s ‘Junkspace’

The fallout of modernization

A site-adaptive work from Tori Lawrence & Co. engages modernist industrial architecture as found artistic spaces. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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Hilarious chemistry: Ian Merrill Peakes and Karen Peakes in the Walnut’s ‘A Woman of No Importance.’ (Photo by Mark Garvin.)

The Walnut Street Theatre presents Oscar Wilde’s ‘A Woman of No Importance’

Wilde women

The Walnut’s ‘A Woman of No Importance’ proves that Wilde is still very much a welcome force on our stages. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

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A book to create systemic change? (Image courtesy of the Free Library.)

2020's One Book, One Philadelphia kickoff drew a huge crowd for author Tommy Orange

Exposing buried truths

The launch of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia program drew a crowd to hear Tommy Orange talk about his debut novel, ‘There There.’ Margaret Darby was there.
Margaret Darby

Margaret Darby

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An unusual ongoing dialogue: Cellist Camille Thomas, Maestro David Amado, and the orchestra in rehearsal for DSO’s ‘False Starts’ program. (Photo Courtesy of Delaware Symphony Orchestra.)

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra presents ‘False Starts’

Reviled then, beloved now

Delaware Symphony plays works by Borodin, Elgar, and Rachmaninoff that had difficult premieres in their own times. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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Stately and galvanic: Danielle Leneé in the Arden’s ‘My General Tubman.’ (Photo by Wide Eyed Studios.)

Arden Theatre Company presents Lorene Cary’s ‘My General Tubman’

The past is the present

‘My General Tubman,’ a skillful playwriting debut at the Arden from Philadelphia author Lorene Cary, binds the legacy of Harriet Tubman to the current moment in history. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Heading down for the last time. (Photo by Stephen Silver.)

Escalators, art films, and Tommy Wiseau: Farewell to Ritz at the Bourse

Philly’s big-screen problem continues

Philadelphia’s film culture will lose five movie screens, and a whole lot more, when the Ritz at the Bourse closes its doors. Stephen Silver considers the theater’s legacy.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

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High schoolers in America have very real fears that didn’t exist a generation ago. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Young Playwrights.)

Philadelphia Young Playwrights presents Angelina DeMonte’s ‘Candles’

Not if, but when?

Authored by 10th-grader Angelina DeMonte, 'Candles' tells the story of every American teenager’s worst fear. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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