This week's reviews all cover artists who, in one way or another, are remixing classic and contemporary elements. The latest Theresa Rebeck world premiere hearkens back to Beckett and Pirandello with mixed success. The Wilma presents a new staging of The Cherry Orchard, adapted from Chekhov by Russian director Dmitry Krymov in collaboration with the theater's own Hothouse Company. And Madeline Sayet's Where We Belong, now onstage at Suzanne Roberts, follows an Indigenous Shakespeare scholar who tries to reconcile the ways language can both oppress and liberate.
The spring reviews roll on next week: look out for our take on Verdi's Four Seasons at the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's bicentennial, a new book on Germantown High School and the truth about its closure, and more.