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.
The Lady Hoofers present On Tap
Something old, something new
The all-women dance troupe taps into the old and familiar and blends it with new and refreshing in this year’s edition of On Tap. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Tempesta di Mare presents The Women Behind the Screen – The Sensational Female Musicians of Venice’s Orphanages
The hidden women who rivaled Vivaldi
Tempesta di Mare explores the music of Baroque Venetian charitable institutions that were famous for their vocal and instrumental ensembles, made up of brilliant women artists who were hidden from public life. Gail Obenreder reviews.
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Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents Jane Eyre
Revealing Jane’s inner life
Jane Eyre gets a new stage treatment in this ambitious adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, which showcases the inner life of the passionate and principled governess. Alaina Johns reviews.
Theatre Horizon presents Charly Evon Simpson’s sandblasted
The truth about Black women’s lives
In the regional premiere of sandblasted at Theatre Horizon, Black women in a desert landscape are trying to survive in a world that is literally making their bodies fall apart. Krista Mar reviews.
Quintessence Theatre Group and New Classics Collective present Written by Phillis
Bringing Wheatley’s words to life
Quintessence marks new ground with a world-premiere production in collaboration with Chicago’s New Classics Collective, examining the life of Phillis Wheatley, an enslaved poet who gained worldwide fame in the 18th century. Josh Herren reviews.
Koresh Dance Company presents Masquerade
Innovation meets classic Koresh
Koresh Dance Company welcomed musician Sage DeAgro-Ruopp to a performance combining dance, live music, and theater in Masquerade, the company’s 2023 Home Season show. Melissa Strong reviews.
St. Joseph’s University opens its Frances M. Maguire Art Museum in the former home of the Barnes
A fitting home for artistic diversity
Like many university art collections, St. Joseph’s is an eclectic one, but it now boasts an elegant new home in the former quarters of the Barnes Foundation. Gail Obenreder visits.