Jeff Kaufman’s ‘Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life’
The 2018 documentary ‘Every Act of Life,’ seeing a resurgence following Terrance McNally’s death from COVID-19 complications earlier this year, is a wonderful look into the life and career of the theatrical polymath.
Back to the drive-in: Philly joins the COVID-safe movie renaissance
Movies take a front seat in the pandemic
The drive-in theater has reemerged as a popular activity in the pandemic, and Philly-area movie-goers are in on it. Cinephile Kelly Conrad says it’s a welcome relief from the times.
Princeton University Art Museum presents ‘Life Magazine and the Power of Photography’
Millions of ‘Life’ magazine subscribers devoured images and stories that became iconic windows on the world. ‘Life Magazine and the Power of Photography,’ now digitally accessible, explores the magazine’s impact. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
Free Fringe 2020: Hella Fresh Theater presents ‘Frauenschlläechterei’
A play in the post
Could theater-by-mail catch on? With ‘Frauenschlläechterei,’ Hella Fresh Theater asks whether technology is necessary to put on a show remotely. Rachel Bellwoar reviews.
'The Beneficiary' by Janny Scott
Bobby, we hardly knew ye
Robert Montgomery Scott, the late president of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, inherited a legacy that many of us might envy. But 'The Beneficiary,' his daughter’s unblinking post mortem, raises the old question: Is great wealth a blessing or a curse? Dan Rottenberg reviews.
‘Legendary: 30 Years of Philly Ballroom’ at the BlackStar Film Festival
Queer history is American history
‘Legendary: 30 Years of Philly Ballroom,’ screened as part of this year’s BlackStar Film Festival, goes behind the fashion, flair, glitz, and glamour to elevate a vital origin story. Hanae Mason reviews.
How are leaders of the Pennsylvania Ballet weathering the pandemic?
Jumping into life at home
Just as it was poised to transition its contemporary ballets to the Perelman, the Pennsylvania Ballet hit the same crisis that every other live arts producer did. Camille Bacon-Smith spoke with the organization's leaders about how dance can survive a pandemic.
‘Coded Bias,’ ‘Unapologetic,’ and ‘Nationtime - Gary’ at the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival
Three documentary features at the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival, highlighting activists from the 1970s to today, summarize the current political landscape in Black America. Hanae Mason reviews.
‘Becoming Philadelphia’ by Inga Saffron
New city, new readers
‘Becoming Philadelphia’ gathers a new collection of columns by longtime Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron, but the book’s construction leaves something to be desired. Judy Weightman reviews.
‘Belabored’ by Lyz Lenz
An experience of pregnancy
Lyz Lenz’s ‘Belabored’ offers no solutions to the rampant anxieties of the present, but its bold centering of the realities of pregnancy offers something we may need even more. T.S. Mendola reviews.