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An 18th-century engraving shows a Black 15-year-old with vitiligo, wearing a loincloth and holding an illustrated scroll.

The Library Company presents Imperfect History

To see what we’re missing

For the 50th anniversary of its graphic arts collection, the Library Company looks beyond the images themselves to highlight what is missing—and why. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Reviews 4 minute read
9 dancers in a circle around 1 male dancer arch their backs & throw their arms up ecstatically in skin-matching costumes

The Philadelphia Ballet presents The Spark

A new start at the Garage

Following a surprising rebrand, the Philadelphia Ballet’s season opener at the Performance Garage is everything fans expect from the company. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
A black-and-white print of a giant metal machine with arms, pillars, and wheels. It’s outdoors under a partly clouded sky

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are

Pursuing the perfect print

Few people know that master printmaker Richard Benson also had an exquisite body of work as a photographer. The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates every facet of the artist in a new exhibition. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
Nézet-Séguin sits at a grand piano, pausing play to conduct orchestra members, grouped around him, with his hands

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Florence Price’s Symphony No. 4

A sweet streamer

For its first Digital Stage concert of the new season, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed Florence Price's Symphony No. 4 in D minor, a masterpiece of musical art discovered after the composer's death. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read
13 singers and musicians, all dressed in black, perform on the gold-painted, pillared chancel of a church full of listeners.

Piffaro and Variant 6 present A New Sun Rises

A new start for old music

Piffaro launched its first in-person concert since the pandemic with the singers of Variant 6 for a wide-ranging program, including the premiere of Kile Smith’s "Ave Maris Stella." Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
A scene from Minor Character: three actors, wearing large red cardigans, seem to be prepping dinner on a long wooden counter

The Wilma presents New Saloon’s Minor Character

Welcome back to the Wilma

The Wilma returns to live, in-person performance with Minor Character, a play presenting six translations of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the same time. Brad Rothbart reviews.
Brad Rothbart

Brad Rothbart

Reviews 4 minute read
Actor Rachel Brodeur. She has long red hair and wears a flowing light-colored linen headdress like images of the Virgin Mary

Inis Nua Theatre presents Janet Moran’s A Holy Show

A smooth landing

Inis Nua’s A Holy Show gives a surprising warm and fuzzy feeling despite its grim subject matter: the 1981 hijacking of Aer Lingus flight 164. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 3 minute read
A Tommy and Me scene. Matt Pfeiffer as Didinger looks at a vintage Eagles helmet that Tom Teti as McDonald holds out to him

Delaware Theatre Company presents Ray Didinger’s Tommy and Me

The lore of the game

Delaware Theatre Company’s Tommy and Me is an especially welcoming reopening performance combining sports and theater, two things best experienced in a crowd. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Anthony Lawton, wearing a button-down shirt, sits with a thoughtful look. Wooden blinds cast slats of light behind him.

Lantern Theater Company presents Neil Bartlett’s The Plague

Conscience and contagion

Lantern Theater Company’s chilling adaptation of Camus’s The Plague, a US premiere, holds an uncomfortable theatrical mirror to our own pandemic reality. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
A color rendering of the French Revolution in 1789. A fortress burns and homes collapse behind a mass of armed people

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony

Beethoven’s belated birthday

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia returned to live performance with an ambitious program anchored by Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, but the results were somewhat variable. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read