Main Line Early Music presents The Publick Pleasure: Music of 18th-Century Philadelphia
The tunes of the Revolution
Philadelphia has a thriving and innovative musical scene, but that’s nothing new as The Publick Pleasure proved at a Main Line Early Music concert highlighting favorites of the 18th century that are almost unknown today. Gail Obenreder reviews.
UArts’s Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery presents Alex Da Corte’s The Street
An enigmatic trip
Expect the unexpected at a colorful and challenging new solo exhibition from internationally known interdisciplinary artist Alex Da Corte, a Camden native and UArts grad. Emily B. Schilling reviews.
William Way LGBT Community Center presents Selections from the Archives: Rami George
The truth about family photos
This look at the William Way archives from Rami George highlights the artist's knack for curating material objects, which take on a fresh, interactive meaning in this gallery. Jake Foster reviews.
The New Jersey Symphony presents Daniil Trifonov Performs Brahms
Star soloist Daniil Trifonov brought lyricism and weight to Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto in the New Jersey Symphony’s first concert program of 2023. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Reforming Philadelphia, 1682-2022, by Richardson Dilworth
The three hundred years’ war
What makes city reform possible, and how did we achieve it in the past? A new book on the history of Philly’s political reforms explains, and argues, we’re on the cusp of another cycle of change. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
Reviews 5 minute read
The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents the national tour of Jagged Little Pill: The Musical
They oughta know
Now at the Academy of Music as part of a national tour, Jagged Little Pill retrofits Alanis Morissette’s seminal album to a relentlessly topical contemporary musical. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Dancing with History: A Life for Peace and Justice, by George Lakey
The right side of history
Lifelong Philly-area activist George Lakey takes us from his working-class Pennsylvania childhood to his career as a leading practitioner, theoretician, and teacher of nonviolent social-change activism. David W. Webber reviews.
Arden Theatre Company presents E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web
Back in the barn
The Arden restages its popular adaptation of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web with a new cast sure to delight audiences of all ages. Krista Mar reviews.
Piffaro presents Festa di Natale!
A welcome, layered, and moving musical experience
Piffaro’s much-anticipated holiday concert invites us to Christmas in Renaissance Italy this year, and will be available to stream as a recording for those celebrating at home. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Reviews 5 minute read
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presents Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish
The balm of the mamaloshen
Since Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer first reviewed Fiddler on the Roof in 2018, antisemitism has continued to rise, and this new production from the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene strikes just the right note for our historic moment.
Reviews 7 minute read