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.
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.
Quintessence Theatre Group presents Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.