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Four actors dressed like Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash, on a vintage musical stage

Delaware Theatre Company presents Million Dollar Quartet

Whole lotta shakin' goin' on!

Million Dollar Quartet from Delaware Theatre Company looks to shake things up with a jukebox musical performance inspired by 1950s rock-and-roll. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Stutzman is on stage with other players in the orchestra. The snapshot captures her during conducting, her expression engaged

Nathalie Stutzmann conducts a historical guest role with Philadelphia Orchestra

Paving more way for women leaders of American orchestras

In her first concerts as principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Nathalie Stutzmann balances repertory warhorses and new music with fresh ideas and attention to detail. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
An illustration. Nine people in the frame, most facing the viewer. A grass patch with stylized buildings with windows.

Woodmere Art Museum presents Body Language: The Art of Larry Day

Remembering the dean of Philadelphia painting

Woodmere Art Museum examines the impact on American art by Philadelphia painter Larry Day in this new exhibit. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 6 minute read
A candle burns, wax dripping down the candle taper. Behind it, an angel appears through blue and white smoke.

People's Light and Hedgerow Theatre present their takes on A Christmas Carol

Two carols are better than one

People's Light and Hedgerow Theatre perform A Christmas Carol, but in two very different ways. Gail Obenreder reviews the two productions.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 6 minute read
A historic illustration that appears to show Black people in a covered wagon aiming pistols at white men with rifles.

Slavery and Abolition in Pennsylvania, by Beverly C. Tomek

The truth about slavery in the Keystone State

Pennsylvania’s abolitionist Quakers ended slavery in the commonwealth long before any other state, right? A new book from Temple University Press explains that there’s a lot more to the story. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
Ngozi Anyanwu and Steven Rishard in Garbologists. Costumed as sanitation workers, they talk inside the cab of a trash truck.

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Lindsay Joelle’s The Garbologists

Trash talkers

The Garbologists, a world premiere from Philadelphia Theatre Company, searches for deep meaning in a dirty job but offers a fairly thin character study instead. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
A snapshot of a sheet of music with the text: "Carissimi, Dialogo del gigante Golia", lists the instruments in Italian.

Choral Arts and Philadelphia Bach Collegium present The Lost Oratorios of Giacomo Carissimi

On the ark of discovery

Choral Arts Philadelphia and Philadelphia Bach Collegium present a performance of two unpublished oratorios by Giacomo Carissimi. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Davis stands in front of Quiñones, his hands on the sides of her face, their heads leaning against each others in a dark room

SHARP Dance Company presents The Other Side

Dancing to make up for lost time

The SHARP Dance Company presents its fall home series The Other Side with a collection of videos and live contemporary and modern dances with a touch of hip-hop flair. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
Ngo and Kim, two Chinese American actors, on stage. Ngo is dressed in a silk robe, both looking towards the audience.

InterAct Theatre Company presents The Chinese Lady

An inconvenient history

Taking from Nancy E. Davis’s meticulously researched book of the same name, Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady introduces audiences to the first Chinese woman to arrive in America for a story that’s still relevant in 2021. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 4 minute read
Rafael Payare energetically conducts the orchestra around him, with clarinetist Ricardo Morales playing right in front of him

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Rafael Payare

Rafael and Ricardo

Fast-rising conductor Rafael Payare made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut with a program featuring a world-premiere Clarinet Concerto that highlighted the virtuosity of Ricardo Morales. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read