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Six cast members pose on the steps of a blue-lit stoop with Coleman, a Black woman in a sleeveless orange costume, at center

The Kimmel Cultural Campus and the Shubert Organization present the national tour of Company

Still in good company with Sondheim

Sondheim still abounds despite his recent passing, and the new tour of Company takes a gender swap to the 1970 story, with uneven results that nevertheless keep the joy of the show alive. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read
Black & white photo of Cooper as Bernstein conducting intensely, from the view of the musicians.

Netflix presents Bradley Cooper’s Maestro

A powerful realization of Leonard Bernstein’s life and loves

Star, director, co-writer, and co-producer Bradley Cooper’s Maestro, the new Netflix biopic on Leonard Bernstein, has important connections to Philadelphia’s creative life and music. Victor L. Schermer reviews.
Victor L. Schermer

Victor L. Schermer

Reviews 3 minute read
On an orange-lit set with neon bars & a Philly skyline backdrop, four actors in orange jumpsuits pose outlandishly on chairs.

1812 Productions presents This Is the Week That Is

Satire wanted

A Philly tradition since 2006, This Is the Week That Is attempts to wring mirth from the news, but this year’s iteration ranges from offensive to baffling. Emily Schilling reviews.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Reviews 3 minute read
In the foreground, Thomas sings passionately into a mic, with the others behind him on a porch awash in purple light.

The Wilma Theater presents James Ijames’s Fat Ham

High on the hog

Fat Ham comes home in this new production at the Wilma, onstage as it was meant to be, after the company debuted a filmed version in 2021. Everyone is welcome to the cookout. Hanae Mason reviews.
Hanae Mason

Hanae Mason

Reviews 6 minute read

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Close-up on Cicchetti, a young woman with dark glossy curls, putting her hands to her face and looking up as she sings.

Quintessence Theatre Group presents The Fantasticks

Try to remember

In Quintessence Theatre Group’s December production of The Fantasticks, complex poetries meet deceptively simple story and design, honoring both youthful sparks and older gratitude. C.M. Crockford reviews.
C.M. Crockford

C.M. Crockford

Reviews 3 minute read
Four pale women surround one at center in a luxurious green robe; a Black child holds a burnished cup of pink roses at front.

The Delaware Art Museum presents The Rossettis

A new look at some old radicals

The Delaware Art Museum has the biggest collection of British Pre-Raphaelite artworks outside the UK, and this exhibition, which opened at Tate Britain and now lands stateside, honors the radical Rossettis. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
Robinson poses dramatically at center in a plaid dress; Hall & Debose, seen from behind with their hair in buns, look on.

The Lantern Theater presents Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy

Feasting on Crumbs

Crumbs from the Table of Joy, a lesser-known early work by Lynn Nottage, one of America’s most popular playwrights, still feels relevant in this Lantern Theater production. Krista Mar reviews.
Krista Mar

Krista Mar

Reviews 3 minute read
Graceful gold-toned metal bust of a beautiful woman’s face, against a blue backdrop in the gallery.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents Determined to Be: The Sculpture of John Rhoden

A world at his fingertips

In 2017, PAFA became the preserver and promoter of globetrotting 20th-century American sculptor John Rhoden’s artistic legacy. Now, PAFA mounts the artist’s first comprehensive retrospective. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
Di Russo, an Argentinian conductor wearing a black suit with long tails, conducts the players around her with a thin baton.

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra presents ¡Música Bravo!

DSO goes around the world

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra continues its 2023-24 season with guest conductor Michelle Di Russo, who programmed her ideal concert with Joaquín Rodrigo, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and more. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Book cover: title & author in plain black & brown text below an impressionistic painting of a cliff by the ocean.

Rinse, by Elaine Terranova

Making peace with enigma

Philly writer Elaine Terranova’s eighth book, Rinse, shows the author’s poetic sensibilities with lyrical language that captures emotional tones and thrumming silences. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Reviews 5 minute read