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12 Black dancers in tan, brown & white lean tenderly in around another posing at center, long hair falling over one shoulder

BSwan Dance Company presents Redefine… To Define Oneself Again

Black swans soar

BSwan Dance Company presents Redefine… To Define Oneself Again in an energetic program that celebrates the debut of its junior company, as well as the retirement of dancer William Issac Bridges. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 3 minute read
Richly costumed: McKeever, a Black male singer, looking diabolical, by Sheriff, a Black woman singer, looking exasperated

OperaDelaware presents Così fan tutte

Opera with a complicated soul

In its latest staging, OperaDelaware presents Così fan tutte, Mozart and Da Ponte’s deceptively complex opera buffa, offered here in a rare, virtually uncut format. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Nine Black dancers in solid-colored activewear separates and athletic-looking high-top tan sneakers pose together onstage.

PHILADANCO! presents The Continuum

A family reunion at PHILADANCO!

The fall season performance from PHILADANCO! welcomed three world premieres and one Philly premiere, displaying the feeling and technical excellence fans have come to expect. Eileen B. Fisher reviews.
Eileen B. Fisher

Eileen B. Fisher

Reviews 3 minute read
Reed, a white woman with short silver hair and a pale cardigan, speaks while sitting at a desk with her hands folded.

Act II Playhouse presents Mark St. Germain’s Eleanor

Spotlight on the First Lady of the World

Actor Penelope Reed brings iconic First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to life in the regional premiere of this powerful one-woman show by Mark St. Germain, now onstage at Act II. SaraKay Smullens reviews.
SaraKay Smullens

SaraKay Smullens

Reviews 4 minute read
Baldwin-Browns, seen in profile in a mustard-colored top, sits in an elementary classroom chair desk, looking worried.

Curio Theatre Company presents Johnna Adams’s Gidion’s Knot

An untangled knot

Sensitive subjects get short shrift in Gidion’s Knot, which opens the season at Curio Theatre Company. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Lieberman, a white woman with brown hair, leans on a shiny wooden bar with a golden pint of beer at her right elbow.

Inis Nua Theatre Company presents Yasmine Akram’s 10 Dates with Mad Mary

A date worth keeping

Inis Nua’s Pop-Up Play in a Pub series returns with new leadership, and the lively American premiere of 10 Dates with Mad Mary. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
A dim field of blossoms, the sun behind the horizon tinting the sky orange.

Arthur Ross Gallery presents John E. Dowell: Paths to Freedom

Feeling is believing

John E. Dowell's exhibit photographs and soundscapes cotton fields at night, conjuring the spirits of his enslaved ancestors. Pamela E. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
6 Black men playing 1940s Air Force members, in tan military uniforms, pose onstage in front of a blue-lit backdrop & US flag

Delaware Theatre Company presents Layon Gray’s Black Angels Over Tuskegee

A brilliant brotherhood

Delaware Theatre Company mounts writer/director Layon Gray’s Black Angels Over Tuskegee, a show about the men who trained to become the US Air Force’s first Black pilots. Jeannine Cook reviews.
Jeannine A. Cook

Jeannine A. Cook

Reviews 5 minute read
Tang Wei, looking tearful & defensive, faces Park Hae-il, who looks inquisitive, with distant mountains in the backdrop.

The Philadelphia Film Festival presents Decision to Leave, The Banshees of Inisherin, and Armageddon Time

PFF celebrates 31 years

Three films featured at this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival, which runs through Sunday, October 30, 2022, are headed to local cinemas soon. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 5 minute read
Apple, auburn curly hair pinned up, leans smiling over Brannau, who gazes dreamily in a pocket mirror, one hand on her cheek

Arden Theatre Company presents Tennessee Willliams’s The Glass Menagerie

Broken glass

The Glass Menagerie is a delicate masterpiece, but falls flat due to misunderstanding in the Arden’s season opener production. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read