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A museum display of small glass vintage chemical pigment jars, including blue, yellow & red arranged on white blocks.

The Science History Institute presents BOLD: Color from Test Tube to Textile

A colorful history

A new exhibition at the Science History Institute explores how and why we naturally colored our clothes, bodies, and environments for millennia—and what changed when we created color in a laboratory. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Close-up on Bell, a white man with short brown hair, playing his violin passionately with an orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Joshua Bell Returns

Romantic favorites with a top violinist

Superstar American violinist Joshua Bell drew a crowd to a Philadelphia Orchestra program including Chausson, Vieuxtemps, and Brahms, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read
Beschler tenderly inclines his head toward Handler, who lies in a white bathtub, face and one soapy arm visible.

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living

Necessary intimacies

The Philly nonprofit Art-Reach, which
connects our disability community to our cultural scene, partners with Philadelphia
Theatre Company for Cost of Living, a show about the complexities of caregiving. Alaina Johns reviews.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Reviews 5 minute read
In a messy room with fiberglass insulation and graffiti showing, the characters argue center stage. Cochran holds a gun.

Passage Theatre Presents Richard Bradford and Anthony Martinez-Briggs’s Ghetto Gods in Divineland

A mixed-media world premiere in Trenton

Ghetto Gods in Divineland, now getting its world premiere in Trenton, has successful interdisciplinary elements of music, poetry, and dance, but the script doesn’t follow through on its ambitious concepts. An Nichols reviews.
An Nichols

An Nichols

Reviews 4 minute read
In a worn, dark suit, Peakes sits and gestures broadly in a wooden folding chair on a darkened stage of wooden planks.

Lantern Theater Company presents Brian Friel’s Faith Healer

Acts of faith

The line between truth and memory blurs in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, given a riveting revival by Lantern Theater Company. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
Kuerzi, in a blue plaid jacket, confronts Cooke, in a red & orange patterned dress, in a luxurious public bathroom.

Montgomery Theater presents R. Eric Thomas’s Mrs. Harrison

Echoes of the Bad Art Friend

Montgomery Theater presents R. Eric Thomas’s Mrs. Harrison, a play that contends with timely themes of storytelling and appropriation but falters for the messiness of its construction. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read

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In a worn but tidy 1950s apartment, Floyd & Anderson visit on couches. Fleurisma listens in the background, arms crossed

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

Doing justice to Black Shakespeare

A new production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun at Bristol Riverside Theatre honors this monumental American text while highlighting relevant struggles today. An Nichols reviews.
An Nichols

An Nichols

Reviews 5 minute read
In a small apartment kitchen in hot purple light, Johnson plants one high-heeled foot on Sesay’s chest from across the table

InterAct Theatre Company presents Jahna Ferron-Smith's Step Mom, Step Mom, Step Mom

A standout blend of kink, farce, and drama

The world premiere of Jahna Ferron-Smith’s Step Mom, Step Mom, Step Mom, now onstage at InterAct, follows a Black woman and a white man navigating the sexual and racial dynamics of their marriage. C.M. Crockford reviews.
C.M. Crockford

C.M. Crockford

Reviews 3 minute read
Childs & Greer, bundled up against the cold, argue in front of a woodstove in the large living room of a winter vacation home

1812 Productions and Delaware Theatre Company present Bruce Graham’s Flatlanders

A mountain of corny comedy

The Flatlanders, a new play by Bruce Graham from 1812 Productions, is an unfunny throwback to the heyday of boulevard comedy. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
In a sleeveless leather jacket with bushy brown fur trim, Twyford angrily brandishes a knife and a wooden cutting board.

The Wilma Theater and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company present Sasha Denisova’s My Mama and the Full-Scale Invasion

Glory to the hero

Playwright Sasha Denisova channels the strength and resilience of her Ukrainian mother in My Mama and the Full-Scale Invasion on stage at the Wilma Theater in a co-production with DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read