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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
Film poster with the title in curly orange & purple letters below a photo of Wilder, black & white except for his blue irises

The Philadelphia Jewish Film + Media Fall Fest presents Remembering Gene Wilder

Who didn’t love Gene Wilder?

The 2023 Philadelphia Jewish Film + Media Fall Fest opened with the local premiere of director Ron Frank’s Remembering Gene Wilder, a hugely enjoyable walk through the legendary actor’s life and career. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 3 minute read
Williams, a Black woman with short blond hair, holds up a banner that says happy, with a doubtful, reticent expression.

Inis Nua Theatre Company presents Rosa Hesmondhalgh’s Madame Ovary

Comedy equals cancer plus time

Based on the lived experience of playwright Rosa Hesmondhalgh’s cancer diagnosis, Inis Nua’s Madame Ovary is equal parts funny and tragic. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 2 minute read
Gotch and Ernst, white men in police uniforms, appear to be questioning Tibbs, a Black man in a gray suit sitting at a table.

Resident Ensemble Players presents John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night

A cracking good detective story

Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware continues its season with In the Heat of the Night, a world-class whodunit that doesn’t shy away from its story’s disturbing roots in 1962 Alabama. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
In a dressing room, Shetty grins excitedly and clutches a red fabric costume to her chest. She wears a black satin jacket

Azuka Theatre presents Priyanka Shetty’s The Elephant in the Room

A story as unique as the immigrant experience

Priyanka Shetty’s The Elephant in the Room, a solo autobiographical show about an Indian software engineer turned theater artist,
is proving the creator’s performance chops in its Philly debut at Azuka Theatre. Krista Mar reviews.
Krista Mar

Krista Mar

Reviews 2 minute read
White, a Black woman with long, dark hair, grips the microphone and sings passionately.

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Whitney White’s Macbeth in Stride

A fun but flawed feminist take on the Scottish play

Macbeth in Stride, a new adaptation of the Shakespeare classic now onstage at Philadelphia Theatre Company, rocks but doesn’t dig its daggers deep enough. C.M. Crockford reviews.
C.M. Crockford

C.M. Crockford

Reviews 3 minute read
Howard and Kuerzi, in white collared shirts, sit next to each other smiling on a low wooden platform.

Theatre Exile presents Bess Wohl’s Camp Siegfried

Tomorrow belongs to them

Then and now, fascism feels like an easy fix for any psychic fissure. With Camp Seigfried, Theatre Exile takes us to a Nazi summer camp in 1938 New York. Wendy Rosenfield reviews.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Reviews 3 minute read
Bedford, a white woman with brown hair wearing a green blazer, poses smiling next to a podium and US flag.

Arden Theatre Company presents Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me

Breathing in the grip of the framers

Arden Theatre Company presents Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me, a play that is as alternately illuminating and frustrating as our founding document. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read
Ali & Zarif in brown Afghan clothes & Ayer in jeans and white tee face off tensely in a small living room with a red couch

InterAct Theatre Company presents Sylvia Khoury’s Selling Kabul

The price of freedom

Selling Kabul, a Pulitzer Prize finalist at InterAct Theatre Company, wrestles with the human cost of occupation and war. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Valli sings triumphantly as Elphaba, with green skin, black robes, and a broomstick, in dramatic shafts of light.

Kimmel Cultural Campus and Shubert Organization present the national tour of Wicked

Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road

The national tour of Wicked returns to Philadelphia for the first time in six years. How’s it holding up? Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read