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Big robes to fill: Johnnie Hobbs, Jr. as Thurgood Marshall. (Photo by Mark Garvin.)

The Walnut Street Theatre presents George Stevens Jr.’s ‘Thurgood’

Finding the humanity in our heroes

A recounting of Thurgood Marshall’s life, now onstage at the Walnut, raises important questions about how we measure our heroes’ greatness—and who’s watching. Hanae Mason reviews.
Hanae Mason

Hanae Mason

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Secrets emerge as a family attempts to survive: Kathleen Pirkl Tague and Stephen Pelinski in REP’s ‘Starter Pistol.’ (Photo by Evan Krape.)

Resident Ensemble Players presents Michael Gotch’s ‘Starter Pistol’

What would Walter say?

The Resident Ensemble Players take on the troubles of America in Michael Gotch’s latest play. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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Concerts worth flocking to: the Jasper Quartet, Myra Huang, Tony Flynt, and Nicholas Phan after performing Gabriel Fauré's ‘La Bonne Chanson.’ (Photo by Margaret Darby.)

PCMS presents Emerging Voices: Art Song and Social Connection

Where art song reigns

In a special two-week series, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society takes a dramatic leap into the revelatory, reflective power of art song. Margaret Darby is there.
Margaret Darby

Margaret Darby

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What music does he want? Joey McIntyre as Orsino and Hannah Rose Caton as Viola in Two River's ‘Twelfth Night.’ (Photo by T. Charles Erickson.)

Two River Theater presents Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’

A mood unmoored

Two River Theater’s production of ‘Twelfth Night’ is visually appealing but tonally unbalanced. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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A tone poem, or a narrative drama? Saamer Usmani in McCarter’s ‘Goodnight Nobody.’ (Photo by T. Charles Erickson.)

McCarter Theatre Center presents Rachel Bonds’s ‘Goodnight Nobody’

A talk in the woods

‘Goodnight Nobody,’ a promising and well-produced world premiere at McCarter Theatre Center, still needs to figure out what kind of play it wants to be. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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He didn’t quite make it to the Pops podium: Marvin Hamlisch in 2008. (Photo by Shel Secunda, via Wikimedia Commons.)

The Philly Pops present ‘Hamlisch: With Love’

Marvin and his music

The Philly Pops paid loving tribute to Marvin Hamlisch in an evening that highlighted his strengths and weaknesses as a composer. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Arguing gently into the middle distance: Joe Guzmán and Geneviève Perrier in the Lantern’s ‘The Vertical Hour.’ (Photo by Mark Garvin.)

Lantern Theater Company presents David Hare’s ‘The Vertical Hour’

Blast from the recent past

Lantern Theatre Company’s ‘The Vertical Hour’ makes for uncomfortable viewing in 2020. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

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PHILADANCO cohosts this year’s IABD festival and conference. The company performs on January 18. (Photo by Scott Robbins.)

The International Association of Blacks in Dance and PHILADANCO present THEN NOW NEXT

Celebrating the past, present, and future of Black dance

IABD teams with PHILADANCO to bring its 32nd annual conference to Philly this week. THEN NOW NEXT features everything from industry panels to world-class performances to a high-spirited midnight African dance workshop. Vena Jefferson will be there.
Vena Jefferson

Vena Jefferson

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Anne Brown Ehlers prefers her weaving to be ceremonial rather than decorative. 2015’s ‘Chilkat Apron’ is on view at FWM. (Photo by Pamela Forsythe.)

Fabric Workshop and Museum presents ‘Echoes and Reverberations’

Contemporary visions of Native inheritance

In conjunction with One Book, One Philadelphia festivities, Fabric Workshop and Museums revisits work from five former residents whose art explores contemporary Indigenous life. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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Power and passion: Amanda Robles and the ensemble of 'Chess the Musical' at 11th Hour. (Image courtesy of 11th Hour.)

11th Hour Theatre Company presents ‘Chess the Musical’

Moving the right pieces

Chess the Musical is a cult favorite that receives a powerful concert staging by 11th Hour. Two grandmasters battle over politics and love during the Cold War. Mike Rugnetta reviews.

Mike Rugnetta

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