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Film still: Sandler walks through the gray-carpeted Sixers lobby, the Philly skyline visible through the window behind him.

Netflix presents Jeremiah Zagar’s Hustle

A shot at the Philly sports movie pantheon

The set of Hustle, the latest from star Adam Sandler, was hard to avoid during its extensive on-location Philly shoots. Now it’s out on Netflix, for fans of Sandler and the Sixers alike. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 5 minute read
Actor O’Donnell, a white woman with gray-brown curly hair, stands smiling against a black backdrop with her hand on her heart

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe’s Every Brilliant Thing

Not a solution, but a start

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s participatory production of Every Brilliant Thing has a message we need, from Center Valley all the way to Capitol Hill. Wendy Rosenfield reviews.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Reviews 3 minute read
Four Black actors in period costume stand soberly in a late 19th-century interior, long grasses at the side, & black backdrop

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West

Rediscovering Nicodemus

Quintessence’s Reclamation Repertory continues with Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West, a deeply relevant play for our ongoing conversations about redlining, gentrification, and reparations. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 3 minute read
A scene from the play. Ngo stands in the kitchen smiling, wearing an apron with orange tulips on it, one hand on her chest.

1812 Productions presents Bi Jean Ngo’s In Search of the Kitchen Gods

A theatrical dish

Philly creator/performer Bi Jean Ngo’s world-premiere of In Search of the Kitchen Gods is an inviting, interdisciplinary exploration of her Vietnamese heritage. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 2 minute read
Scene from the play. Richardson & Wyatt, two Black actors, face each other tenderly with hands joined, sitting on a small bed

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Alexandre Dumas fils’s Camille

A wilted tragedy

Despite a stylish physical production, Quintessence Theatre’s Camille lacks the passion of traditional melodrama and the perspective needed for a contemporary reinvention. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Scene from the play: Bey, in a pink dress, sits on an exam table, with Ford next to her, wearing a white coat & stethoscope

Lantern Theater Company presents Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine

How much can we handle?

Lynn Nottage’s modern classic is a funny, fourth-wall-breaking work of art under the direction of Amina Robinson for Lantern Theater Company. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
In the center of a circle of about 12 dancers moving hand to hand, Greer stands on a box & sings. They wear modern clothes

Arden Theatre Company presents Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods

An enchanting season finale

The Arden takes another trip Into the Woods, with delightful and poignant results. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
A view from above of the full DSO playing on a wooden stage, with the pianist out front.

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra presents Gershwin and Rachmaninoff

A smashing conclusion

A program of iconic works by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff, originally intended as the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s season opener, made a smashing conclusion instead. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
Full orchestra performs in Verizon Hall with Nézet-Séguin conducting, and choir of about 60, plus 4 soloists, in the balcony

The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir present Beethoven’s Ninth

Finding joy in troubled times

An energetic rendition of Beethoven’s Ninth opened with a new commission by Philadelphia Orchestra composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank, a short but dramatic work of rich orchestral color. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read
On a stage glowing with smoky white and yellow spotlights, 3 dancers in black boots throw their arms and right leg back.

Koresh Dance Company presents Muse

Reflections of Rector

Muse, Koresh Dance Company’s latest premiere, celebrated longtime dancer and assistant artistic director Melissa Rector, but its themes might leave the audience reflecting on their own relationship to hard times and hope. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read