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A stylized woman sits in a chair next to a large flower bouquet, a book in her lap and her cheek leaning on one hand.

The Barnes Foundation presents Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at The Barnes

The OGS of their genres

A new exhibition from the Barnes draws on the best of the foundation’s extensive collection of works by Matisse and Renoir, and places them in conversation with each other. K.A. McFadden reviews.
K.A. McFadden

K.A. McFadden

Reviews 4 minute read
Canales, in flamboyant orange 60s garb, gleefully tips a leopard-printed Greer, scared by Peakes, into a canvas cart.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare did it first

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival brings a thrillingly modern tenor to The Merry Wives of Windsor, which comes to life with musical verve and comic effervescence. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read
2 dancers on the floor reach to clasp the other’s hand. At right, one lies on her back, balancing another on her arms & legs

Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company and Yu.S.Artistry present Two Worlds

Contemporary dance, worlds apart

A split bill from Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company and Yu.S.Artistry titled Two Worlds offered strikingly different styles of contemporary dance, from folklore and fantasy to urgent real-world tragedy. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
Six dancers of different races and genders sit slouch on the floor around a table of boxes, pretending to eat morning cereal

Philadelphia Dance Projects presents Lily Kind’s I’ve got a tape I wanna play

As much fun as you can have in an hour of dance

Lily Kind brought her puckish humor to the Philadelphia Dance Projects with a new hour-long show, I’ve got a tape I wanna play, which builds on the star quality and choreographic elements of her previous work. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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Exhibit view: signage about medical racism on green walls, with a tall wooden cabinet of medical specimens at right.

The Mütter Museum presents its Postmortem Project exhibition

Exhuming the past, examining the future

With its Postmortem Project exhibition, the Mütter Museum continues a fraught but necessary process to evaluate and present its collections in line with modern medical, legal, and ethical standards. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 6 minute read
A gold, slender halter-style dress with a long, delicate pleated skirt and opulent beaded bodice in muted purple and blue.

Drexel University presents Modern Ritual: The Art of Mary McFadden

A “design archeologist” arrives at Drexel

Globetrotting fashion designer Mary McFadden’s archive is now housed at Drexel’s Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, and its first exhibition there offers a tantalizing glimpse of her world. Wendy Univer reviews.
Wendy Univer

Wendy Univer

Reviews 5 minute read
A triptych piece within a wooden frame has hands of different skin tones reaching and interacting, two in the center touching

National Liberty Museum presents In Pursuit: Artists’ Perspectives on a Nation

An all-American sculptural showcase

Seven artists and two guest curators offer gorgeous and searing expressions of their American experiences in a satisfying and thought-provoking exhibition at Independence Mall’s National Liberty Museum. Emily B. Schilling reviews.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Reviews 4 minute read

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Seen from behind, a bald Black man in a suit jacket looks at a wall of many Dox Thrash portraits.

AAMP Presents IMPRINT: Dox Thrash Black Life, and American Culture

Remembering a revelatory Philadelphia artist

Dox Thrash, the Georgia-born artist who settled in Philadelphia and invented a whole new method of printmaking, gets an important new show at AAMP. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
In a cozy, warmly lit cabin living room, Strathairn stands at center and the others sit or lie on couches and chairs.

People’s Light presents Joseph Dougherty’s Off By One

Off by some

Off By One, a world premiere at People’s Light about a writer and the impact of his work, featuring TV and film star David Strathairn, feels stuck in the draft stage. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
In loose pale cotton shirt and pants, X, a Black man, sits and gestures passionately mid-speech.

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Roger Q. Mason’s The Duat

Channeling emotional ghosts

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Roger Q. Mason’s The Duat, a play that, even with an astonishing central role, struggles to settle into its own rhythm. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read