The Print Center presents its 97th Annual International Competition
The Light Outside Home, and other works on trauma and memory
For its 97th Annual International Competition, the Print Center selected three artists out of 400 applicants. Each of them grapples with trauma, memory, and immigrant experiences. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
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Azuka Theatre and Teatro del Sol present AZ Espinoza’s All My Mothers Dream in Spanish
A bilingual feast
Azuka teams with Teatro del Sol for the world premiere of AZ Espinoza’s All My Mothers Dream in Spanish, a magical exploration of ancestry and healing that’s also very much of the moment. Krista Mar reviews.
PCMS presents the Brentano Quartet’s Dvořák and the American Identity
American music, then and now
The Brentano Quartet used their annual recital with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society to establish Antonin Dvořák as an American master. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
BalletX presents its 2023 Winter Series
The return of Jorma Elo
Two world premieres and a poignant reprise make a strong, balanced program at BalletX’s 2023 Winter Series. Eileen B. Fisher reviews.
The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Revelations we still need
Alvin Ailey visited the Academy of Music for four performances, including work by Twyla Tharp and Ailey’s own piece celebrating Winnie and Nelson Mandela, and the beloved Revelations. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Lyric Fest presents Cotton
Recreation and catharsis
Cotton, an immersive multimedia experience recreating generational trauma, marks Lyric Fest’s 20th anniversary, with new music by Damien Geter and a slate of poets inspired by the photography of John Dowell. An Nichols reviews.
The Philadelphia Orchestra presents conductor Stéphane Denève and pianist Yefim Bronfman
Observing one year since Russia invaded Ukraine
The Philadelphia Orchestra made an unannounced observance of one year of the war against Ukraine in this program featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman and a US premiere by Elena Firsova. Linda Holt reviews.
People’s Light presents George Stevens Jr.’s Thurgood
Equal justice under the law
People’s Light stages this informative and engaging one-man drama about lawyer Thurgood Marshall, who became the first Black justice on the US Supreme Court. An Nichols reviews.
The Walnut presents Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Life and death in the Deep South
Big Daddy steals the show in Walnut Street Theatre’s new production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
The Kimmel Cultural Campus and the Shubert Organization present the new national tour of 1776
When “Cool, Considerate Men” aren’t men at all
It’s fitting that the new national tour of 1776 (without any cis men in the cast) is getting started here, in the city where it happened. Jill Ivey reviews.