Miniball returns, pay no worship debuts, and Into the Woods arrives downtown

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, March 30-April 5, 2023

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A woman sits holding a violin, lit by soft red light. She wears white, with flowers, books, other artifacts around her.

This week features theater works both new and familiar: InterAct Theatre Company presents a gripping tale about family and preserving culture in a Philly Theatre Week entry. Then, the Miniball Festival from Almanac returns with plenty of performances, and Into the Woods takes the stage. Outside of the theater walls, the Delaware Art Museum opens a new exhibit exploring the Mexican American experience from the 1960s and 1970s, and the American Philosophical Society dives into 300 years of women in science.

pay no worship
March 31-April 2
Proscenium Theatre at the Drake, 302 South Hicks Street, Philadelphia

As part of Philly Theatre Week, InterAct Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Francisca da Silveira’s pay no worship, which tells the story of cousins Martin and Jose who struggle to make a living with their family’s wine business and hold onto their culture knowing that a tropical storm or volcanic eruption could destroy everything they know at any time.

Pursuit & Persistence: 300 Years of Women in Science
March 31-December 30
American Philosophical Society, 104 South 5th Street, Philadelphia

APS opens its latest exhibition this weekend, inviting visitors to learn about women scientists who pioneered and broke new ground. Documents, publications, and artifacts—some that have never been exhibited before—will be on display. (Disclaimer: I am directly involved with this project and APS.)

Miniball Festival
April 1-8
MAAS Building, 1325 North Randolph Street, Philadelphia

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre brings its Miniball Festival back in time for spring, featuring a baker’s dozen of performances. The festival begins with the opening night celebration on Saturday, April 1, followed by 13 shows by six independent Philadelphia artists.

Estampas de la Raza
April 1-May 28
Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington

Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection opens at DelArt this weekend, chronicling the heritage, history, and experience of Mexican Americans and Latinos between 1980 and 2010. Over 60 screen prints and lithographs by educators Harriett and Ricardo Romo are featured, drawing inspiration from the Chicano art movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Into the Woods
April 4-9
Miller Theater, 250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

The critically acclaimed Broadway production is coming to the Kimmel Cultural Campus. The Tony Award-winning musical intertwines several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, coming off of its second Broadway revival.

Above: Daughter of the Sea is part of this year’s Miniball Festival. (Photo courtesy of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre.)

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