People’s Light presents Boo Killebrew’s Lettie
An awkward homecoming
Onstage at People’s Light, Boo Killebrew’s Lettie charts one woman’s bumpy road to re-entry after incarceration. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Brandywine Museum of Art presents Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature
A fluid early futurist
Brandywine Museum of Art presents the first major Joseph Stella exhibition in more than 30 years, proving this pioneering, imaginative modernist’s ongoing importance. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights
A beautiful day in Little Dominican Republic
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’s In the Heights relies on the life of a neighborhood for its drama, and a smooth, sparkling production from Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival delivers. An Nichols reviews.
MUSE Gallery presents Seeking Freedom: Portraits of Mass Incarceration
Visibility can be a lifeline
Textile artist Carolyn Harper’s Seeking Freedom: Portraits of Mass Incarceration at MUSE Gallery brings us into the lives of the human beings caught in the US prison-industrial complex. Emily B. Schilling reviews.
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The Wilma Theater presents William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
The Wilma’s new Twelfth Night, from co-artistic director Yury Urnov, promises to “reimagine” Shakespeare (just like every theater company does). But this show has plenty to delight and surprise. Alaina Johns reviews.
Tiny Dynamite presents Julia Izumi’s Meet Murasaki Shikibu Followed by Book Signing, and Other Things
Can one good book change the world?
Tiny Dynamite brings the legendary, yet little-known, 11th-century Japanese novelist Murasaki Shikibu to life, alongside a bookstore manager whose own work is closer to the author’s legacy than she knows. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer reviews.
InterAct Theatre Company presents Kareem Fahmy’s American Fast
American Fast follows a women’s basketball player who struggles with representation, cultural traditions, legacy, and life in the public eye after announcing her Ramadan fast during the playoffs. Josh Herren reviews.
Two River Theater presents Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano
Out of tune
Playwright Nilo Cruz revisits Two Sisters and a Piano, a tale of passion and oppression in early-90s Havana, in a stagnant production at Two River Theater. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Ross Gay and Girard College present Be Holding
Poetry on breathing, basketball, and spectacle
Ross Gay’s libretto poem Be Holding connects an iconic basketball play from Dr. J with one of the most disturbing award-winning photographs in American history. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Chocolate Ballerina Company presents Black Swan: A Swan Lake Premiere
Not your Petipa Swan Lake
Chocolate Ballerina Company, a contemporary community-based dance organization for artists of color in the Philly region, offered an impressive new take on Swan Lake with an all-ages ensemble. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.