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The curtain call. Higdon, a white woman, with Amada, a white man. They’re smiling & wearing dark suits, with orchestra behind

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra presents the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain Suite

Cold Mountain, hot music

Delaware Symphony Orchestra paired Jennifer Higdon's latest premiere with favorites from Dvořák in this season opener marking the orchestra’s return to full concerts. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 3 minute read
Lee in profile in front, wearing a cowboy hat and placing their hands on their belt; Rise in the background, playing a guitar

Philly Fringe 2022: Ninth Planet presents high noon, and A.I.M by Kyle Abraham presents An Untitled Love

An interdisciplinary duo

Two Fringe Festival shows, An Untitled Love from A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, and Ninth Planet’s high noon, explore the Black experience, highlighting themes of resilience, community, and connection. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
In dramatic red lighting, Davis listens to the phone he holds to his ear. A painting of a Black woman is behind him.

Philly Fringe 2022: Philadelphia Artists Collective and theBlackBestFriend present Alice Childress’s Wine in the Wilderness

A love poem to us

Alice Childress’s Wine in the Wilderness, a play about the realities and illusions of race, class, and gender, is onstage in North Philly for this year’s Fringe. Jeannine A. Cook reviews.
Jeannine A. Cook

Jeannine A. Cook

Reviews 5 minute read
Maureen & Mag sit in a rustic living room with wood furniture. Mag looks accusing, Maureen tired, her feet on a footrest.

Philly Fringe 2022: Allens Lane Art Center Theater presents Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Don’t miss a word

This chilling, expertly circling family drama from Martin McDonagh lands at Allens Lane Art Center in this year’s Philly Fringe. Helen Walsh reviews.
Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh

Reviews 2 minute read
2 Latina actors: the younger, Munguia, sits on the ground near Crotte, who has long gray hair & looks sad, near a lit candle

People’s Light presents Eisa Davis’s Mushroom

A dramatic excavation

People’s Light presents its latest locally inspired New Play Frontiers production, exploring Chester County’s mushroom-farming community. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Armstead appears in 3 juxtaposed forms: delighted kid, surly teen, and grownup with a knowing smile, wearing a black dress.

Philly Fringe 2022: Matthew Armstead presents Song Bridge

A singer’s healing gift

This tender, interdisciplinary Cannonball Festival performance from Matthew Armstead explores the hopeful acts of healing from trauma, homophobia, and racism. Krista Mar reviews.
Krista Mar

Krista Mar

Reviews 2 minute read
Gillette, a white man, onstage. He’s bald, with a wary expression, tinfoil hanging from his neck, and a blue hospital gown.

Philly Fringe 2022: Nick Gillette Improv presents Reception

Just a guy from another galaxy

Fringe favorite Nick Gillette brings his latest improv concept to this year’s Cannonball Festival with Reception, an unusual alien encounter. Crystal Sparrow reviews.
Crystal Sparrow

Crystal Sparrow

Reviews 3 minute read
McCarthy onstage, leaning conspiratorially forward, with brown hair & sparkly top, against a black backdrop with white lights

Philly Fringe 2022: Linnea Bond’s Heart Ripped Out Twice and So Can You! and Brooke McCarthy’s How to Be an Ethical Slut

One-woman power

Two one-woman shows in this year’s Fringe, Linnea Bond’s Heart Ripped Out Twice and So Can You! and Brooke McCarthy’s How to Be an Ethical Slut, tackle love and loss with poignant humor. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
All three stand at a secretary desk, a library of books behind them as they look at each other with surprise and enthusiasm

Lantern Theater Company presents Tom Stoppard's Travesties

Intellect in overdrive

Slack pacing and a dire piece of miscasting sink the Lantern’s season-opening production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Paoluccio, dressed as Parton in a sparkly blue knee-length dress, sings onstage with Stern, wearing jeans and a polo.

Delaware Theatre Company presents Here You Come Again: How Dolly Saved My Life in 12 Easy Songs

Parton positivity and music galore

Beloved country-song hits and a script that makes sense? A new homage to Dolly Parton, now onstage at Delaware Theatre Company, is a treat whether or not you’re devoted to Dolly. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read