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Prosperity returning: James Ali Wilkie as Ogun, with Yusuf Young and the Kulu Mele ensemble. (Photo by Jaci Downs photography.)

Annenberg Center Live presents Kulu Mele’s ‘Ogun and the People’

Kulu Mele celebrates 50 years

Philly’s own Kulu Mele celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Annenberg with the world-premiere 'Ogun and the People,' a story of the Orisha based on Afro-Cuban culture. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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The story behind the story: Ronan Farrow’s ‘Catch and Kill.’ (Image courtesy of Little Brown.)

‘Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators’ by Ronan Farrow

The rise of Ronan

Ronan Farrow, one of the leading journalists of the #MeToo movement, has written ‘Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators,’ a gloriously cinematic narrative of his reporting and the obstacles it faced. He stopped at the Free Library in November. Stephen Silver was there.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

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The Burn Book doesn’t quite make it from page to stage in the musical incarnation of ‘Mean Girls.’ (Photo by Joan Marcus.)

Broadway Philadelphia presents ‘Mean Girls’

I’m not like a regular musical, I’m a cool musical

Tina Fey’s musical 'Mean Girls' brings a teen-saga film blockbuster to the stage. But is it trying too hard to make fetch happen? Alix Rosenfeld reviews.
Alix Rosenfeld

Alix Rosenfeld

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Does ‘Gifts of the Magi’ hold up in 2019? Alanna J. Smith and Sean Thompson in the Walnut’s production. (Photo by Mark Garvin.)

The Walnut Street Theatre presents ‘The Gifts of the Magi’

A classic story loses its charm

The Walnut’s ‘The Gifts of the Magi’ proves that not all classic tales are timeless, with a script and production that don’t do justice to the O. Henry story about the true meaning of giving. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

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Sweet, sultry, fun, and fierce: Sutton Foster stormed the Merriam. (Image courtesy of the Kimmel Center.)

The Kimmel Center presents 'An Evening with Sutton Foster'

An open letter to Sutton Foster

In a one-night solo performance at the Merriam, Tony Award-winning Broadway star Sutton Foster offered a transcendent performance as an artist at the height of her powers. Brad Rothbart reviews.
Brad Rothbart

Brad Rothbart

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Inventive and engaging, with added drama: Koresh ensemble members in an excerpt of ‘The Muse.’ (Photo by Julieanne Harris.)

Koresh Dance Company presents the 6th annual Come Together Dance Festival

Together again

Koresh’s sixth annual Come Together Dance Festival is one of the region’s top opportunities for a diversity of dance on one stage. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

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Alex Da Corte’s 2019 ‘Street View (Hoagiefest)’ meets Thomas Birch’s 'Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie' (c. 1814). (Photo by Barbara Katus, courtesy of PAFA.)

PAFA presents ‘Ancient History of the Distant Future’

The archive of now

PAFA’s permanent collection meets the future of contemporary art in partnership with KADIST, exploring everything from eroding Founding Fathers to riffs on Goya, where Wawa meets the War of 1812. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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Steven Guarnaccia moves three little pigs into a famous Frank Lloyd Wright in his 2010 ‘The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale.’ (Image courtesy of Abrams.)

Brandywine River Museum presents ‘Cinderella & Co. ‒ Three Fairy Tales Reimagined’

Stories under the surface

Fairy tales always have more going on under the surface, and a new exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum offers fresh, multicultural takes on three of our favorites. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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“Damnit, she wore it.” Debra Rapoport’s 1969 ‘Fibrous Raiment.’ (Photo by Timothy Tiebout, courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art 2019.)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents ‘Off the Wall: American Art Ready to Wear’

A new body of art

Typically, art needs two parties: the artist, and the person who experiences the art. But as the PMA explores in a new exhibition of wearable art, you have to consider the person who dons it too. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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Maintaining high musical standards at Curtis, especially Joseph Tancredi (sword drawn) and Merissa Beddows (at right). (Photo by Cory Weaver.)

Curtis Opera Theatre presents ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’

Musical standards

Strong musicianship outweighed dramaturgical cloudiness in Curtis Opera Theatre’s ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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