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An unfamiliar telling of a familiar story: Kala Moses Baxter and Katherine Fried in the Arden’s ‘Snow Queen.’ (Photo by Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios.)

Arden Theatre Company presents ‘The Snow Queen’

An icy show warms the winter stage

A versatile cast offers a warm and engaging winter tale with the Arden’s ‘Snow Queen.’ Daralyse Lyons reviews.

Daralyse Lyons

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A wealth of Dickens-worthy talent: Liz Filios, Michaela Schuchman, Sarah Gliko, and Mary Martello in DTC’s ‘Christmas Carol.’ (Photo by Matt Urban.)

Delaware Theatre Company presents Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

Bah humbug, with a twist

Delaware Theatre Company adds to our region’s annual flourish of ‘Christmas Carol’ stagings with a remount of Patrick Barlow’s fresh adaption, this time with an all-women cast. Ellen Wilson Dilks reviews.
Ellen Wilson Dilks

Ellen Wilson Dilks

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Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin have a new frame for Schubert’s ‘Winterreise.’ (Photos by Simon Pauly and Hans Van Der Woerd.)

Princeton University Concerts present Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin's ‘Winterreise'

Should lost love speak for itself?

A confounding narrative framework derails Joyce DiDonato’s ‘Winterreise’ at Princeton University. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Joyous moments for the orchestra: Beatrice Jona Affron conducts ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Pennsylvania Ballet. (Photo courtesy of the PA Ballet.)

The PA Ballet's music director shares orchestral secrets of ‘The Nutcracker’

Tchaikovsky: The music behind the ballet

Balanchine’s ‘Nutcracker’ is a dance lover’s seasonal favorite, but after 27 years of working with the PA Ballet’s orchestra, music director Beatrice Jona Affron has a thing or two to say about Tchaikovsky. Camille Bacon-Smith gets the story behind the music.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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They’re off to see the wizard: the ‘Wizard of Oz’ ensemble at Quintessence. (Photo by Linda Johnson.)

Quintessence Theatre Group presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Oz comes to Mt. Airy

The Quintessence production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is an all-around impressive show filled with a wildly talented ensemble cast, electrifying background music, and flying monkeys. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

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From 1964 to today: ‘Up’ subject Jackie Bassett. (Image courtesy of the BBC.)

Michael Apted’s ‘63 Up’

55 years later

Director Michael Apted’s 55-year social experiment on film ends with a powerful lesson about the wisdom age can bring. Gary Day reviews.
Gary L. Day

Gary L. Day

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The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Westminster Symphonic Choir capture Bach’s musical DNA, but what about the spirit? (Photo by Jessica Griffin.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Bach’s B Minor Mass

Searching for the spirit of Bach’s B Minor

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra and Westminster Symphonic Choir in Bach’s B Minor Mass. This brilliantly executed but slightly subdued performance sometimes lacked spiritual intensity. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

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When you’ve gotta laugh so that you don’t cry: Sean Close and Justin Jain as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. (Photo by Mark Garvin.)

1812 Productions presents ‘This Is The Week That Is’

Humor in the headlines

Fans of 1812's annual 'This Is The Week That Is,' a live political satire onstage, often return for multiple shows, because it's different every night. Daralyse Lyons visits the rehearsal room.

Daralyse Lyons

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Downstairs drama: Amanda Schoonover in Simpatico’s ‘Natural Shocks.’ (Photo by Daniel Kontz.)

Simpatico Theatre presents Lauren Gunderson’s ‘Natural Shocks’

The basement’s top performance

Simpatico Theatre’s production of ‘Natural Shocks,’ a slim but effective play by Lauren Gunderson, benefits from a brilliant performance by Amanda Schoonover. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Facing you: Suli Holum in Theatre Exile’s ‘On the Exhale.’ (Photo by Paola Nogueras.)

Theatre Exile presents Martín Zimmerman’s ‘On the Exhale’

Home on the range

Theatre Exile’s production of Martín Zimmerman’s ‘On the Exhale’ tackles tragically familiar ground with an unexpected narrative. Alaina Johns reviews.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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