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Gabay and Shukrun dance with their arms outstretched, their faces series, against a backdrop of pinpoint lights.

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presents Karaoke, A Radiant Girl, and America

PJFF celebrates 42 years

The 2022 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival celebrates 42 years with screenings at the Weitzman and other venues November 12 through 19. Stephen Silver reviews three picks.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 3 minute read
Book cover: title in white above a stark orange & blue illustration of a boy in a hat & girl with a tiny dog in a crosswalk

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen, by Isaac Blum

An Orthodox teen in a wider world

Philly author Isaac Blum’s debut YA novel, The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen, follows an Orthodox Jewish teen in a new town for a fully up-to-the minute story of conviction and contradiction. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Reviews 4 minute read
Colorful visualizations light up corner walls; plants, bean bags, couch, & carpet populate the space, with 3 people resting

Philadelphia Contemporary and Nicole Pollard present Supine Horizons

The rest of our dreams

With the immersive Supine Horizons, nestled in a Germantown storefront, curator Nicole Pollard and multimedia artist Gralin Hughes Jr. prove that rest is not a luxury. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Reviews 4 minute read
Seen from behind, Mattison looks at her large-scale work of lifelike coral ceramic pieces mounted on the wall as if swirling

Brandywine River Museum of Art presents Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art

The wilds beyond Pyle and the Wyeths

A new exhibition from four artists at Brandywine River Museum balances artistry and polemics, merging the nature of the artist with the art of nature. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
A woman dancer in purple sits on the floor with a male dancer directly behind, mirroring her pose with hands to her ears.

SHARP Dance Company presents Stories

A revival and a premiere

SHARP Dance Company’s 2022 fall series featured both a revival and a highly anticipated premiere from artistic director Diane Sharp-Nachsin, plus intriguing gender subversions from guest choreographer Joe Cotler. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
In profile, Davis, a Black man in striped orange shirt, clinks bottles with Gold, a white woman with a French braid & boots

InterAct Theatre Company presents Will Snider’s Death of a Driver

Five reasons to go to Kenya with this regional premiere

Death of a Driver, now onstage at InterAct, speaks eloquently to our shared global reality in its story about a Kenyan taxi driver and a white American engineer. Jeannine Cook reviews.
Jeannine A. Cook

Jeannine A. Cook

Reviews 5 minute read
Cramer sits by a children's miniature piano in business casual, names on posted notes on the board behind them.

Wilma Theater presents Milo Cramer's School Pictures

Teach the children well

Playwright and performer Milo Cramer offers an endearing portrait of the modern education system in School Pictures at the Wilma Theater. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 2 minute read
Spotlight focused on Hoffman mid-song. Behind here are other actors in various cabaret style outfits, more dimly lit, posing

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Erin Courtney and Max Vernon’s The Tattooed Lady

The body as a canvas

Philadelphia Theatre Company launches its 2022–2023 season with new artistic directors and a world premiere musical that shines bright despite a disappointing performance from its celebrity star. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 4 minute read
Two women in floral patterned gowns offer a drink in a glass to a man in a pinstriped suit.

Resident Ensemble Players presents Arsenic and Old Lace

A trip back in time

Does the legendary play Arsenic and Old Lace hold up for today's audiences? Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
Scene from the play: Johnson and Nwoko, Black women, smile warily at each other from across a small living room.

Azuka Theatre presents Inda Craig-Galván’s A Hit Dog Will Holler

Activist opposites

The Philly premiere of A Hit Dog Will Holler, onstage at Azuka, contrasts the online and IRL realms of today’s social activists with a special lens on Black women in these spaces. Krista Mar reviews.
Krista Mar

Krista Mar

Reviews 3 minute read