The University of Pennsylvania presents Minerva Parker Nichols: The Search for a Forgotten Architect
Reconstructing a Legacy
Minerva Parker Nichols was the first US woman to have her own architectural practice. Then she almost disappeared from history. A new exhibition helps to restore her legacy. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
No Greater Love, by John A. Siegfried and Kevin Ferris
The story of Philly’s only Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War
A new biography traces the family and neighborhood life and military service of West Oak Lane native Michael Crescenz, who saved many lives during his service in Vietnam at age 19. Andrea Smith reviews.
Lantern Theater Company presents Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Present mirth and present laughter
Lantern Theater Company offers a delightfully comic and effortlessly romantic new production of Twelfth Night to close its season. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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Grounds for Sculpture presents Spiral Q: The Parade
Power to the people
Flooding from 2021’s Hurricane Ida destroyed most of the archive from Spiral Q’s 27-year history of community art and advocacy, but enough remains for an urgent and engaging exhibition at New Jersey’s Grounds for Sculpture. Jill Ivey reviews.
Piffaro presents Entre dos Álamos
Rare, beautiful music from 17th- and 18th-century South America
Piffaro closes its season with Entre dos Álamos, a musical trip to South America including Spanish and Indigenous texts and music, proving that great music has always been created everywhere. Gail Obenreder reviews.
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Hedgerow Theatre presents Juliette Dunn’s The Puzzle
Portraying the lives of non-speaking people
Hedgerow marks its 100th season with the world premiere of Juliette Dunn’s The Puzzle, which reveals complex inner worlds for all of us, whether or not we communicate by speaking. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer reviews.
The Print Center presents Rodrigo Valenzuela: Workforce
Machines dream in a post-worker world
The Print Center presents Rodrigo Valenzuela: Workforce, a surreal mixed-media exhibition about work, industry, power, and people. Emily B. Schilling reviews.
Bristol Riverside Theatre presents Douglas Lyons’s Chicken & Biscuits
Nothing new at the family funeral
Chicken & Biscuits at Bristol Riverside Theatre gathers common tropes of the family funeral genre, but its performances and design meld comedy and drama for a fun family night. An Nichols reviews.
The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Gabriela Lena Frank and Hector Berlioz
Mastering symphonic forces
The Philadelphia Orchestra gives its first full rendition of composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank’s Walkabout: Concerto for Orchestra, and a thrilling rendition of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, op. 14. Linda Holt reviews.
McCarter Theatre presents Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky
What do we lose, when our folks “escape?"
Josephine Baker presides in spirit over McCarter’s new production of Blues for an Alabama Sky, in which friends in a 1930s Harlem tenement ask what we gain and lose when we stay or leave. Jeannine Cook reviews.