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.
The Wilma Theater presents Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview
Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview, closing out the Wilma’s season, delves deep into themes of community and identity, and the power of live theater has never felt more immediate. Wendy Rosenfield reviews.
Theatre Horizon presents Gracie Gardner’s Athena
Goddesses of war
Fencing and friendship are equally dangerous sports in Athena, a razor-sharp coming-of-age comedy at Theatre Horizon. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
The Library Company of Philadelphia presents Hearing Voices: Memoirs from the Margins of Mental Health
The age of the asylum
The latest exhibition at the Library Company plumbs the real-life narratives of 19th-century insane asylums, but these institutions never disappeared—they were only reinvented. Alaina Johns reviews.
Beethoven in Beijing, by Jennifer Lin
The Philadelphians in China
Lavishly illustrated and full of anecdotes and surprising tidbits about people and places, Beethoven in Beijing deserves a place in the home of every music-lover and every student of the ever-changing tide of East-West relations. Linda Holt reviews.
Woodmere Art Museum presents Hearing the Brush: The Painting and Poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer
Painting with words
Warren Rohrer began to paint in his early 20s; his wife Jane didn’t publish her poetry until her 40s. But a new exhibition at Woodmere approaches the couple’s work as a lifetime of collaboration. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
Piffaro, the Renaissance Band presents The Musical Legacy of Charles V
The life and travels of a king—and of Piffaro
For the close of its 38th season and a major leadership transition, Piffaro’s tribute to the life of Charles V examines musical legacies then and now. Gail Obenreder reviews.