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Small on the large stage, Izard & X reach to each other from opposite sides, dozens of different empty chairs in rows between

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs

A seat for the absurd

The Chairs, an early one-act masterpiece of absurdist theater from Eugène Ionesco, opens the 13th season of Mt. Airy’s Quintessence Theatre Group. Corey Qureshi reviews.
Corey Qureshi

Corey Qureshi

Reviews 2 minute read
Spangler, in clown makeup, hunches over a bathroom sink. They have a curly mop of hair and wear a white button-down shirt

Philly Fringe 2022: Eat Purple Theater Co. presents Collin Spangler’s Facepaint

Serious clowning

Eat Purple Theater Co. takes the bit and runs when a clown walks into a funeral in Facepaint, the company's first Fringe production. Helen Walsh reviews.
Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh

Reviews 3 minute read
On a purple backdrop, 5 dancers wearing suspenders move in unison, curving their upright bodies with arms over their heads.

Philly Fringe 2022: Humble Materials presents Jess Noel’s Scarlet Letter

A is for...

Four historical figures, two time-travelers, and one figure whose story is yet to be told, dance their way across the centuries Bill & Ted-style in a dance-theater piece about life, art, and reproductive rights. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
Maseda, in a yellow scarf, is poised to interrupt Young, who speaks with palms upturned. She wears a headwrap & plaid dress.

Philly Fringe 2022: Lightning Rod Special presents SPEECH

All the words a stage

SPEECH, the latest from Lightning Rod Special, features the company's signature stellar ensemble work, skewering our cultural currents. Alaina Johns reviews.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Reviews 3 minute read
The curtain call. Higdon, a white woman, with Amada, a white man. They’re smiling & wearing dark suits, with orchestra behind

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra presents the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain Suite

Cold Mountain, hot music

Delaware Symphony Orchestra paired Jennifer Higdon's latest premiere with favorites from Dvořák in this season opener marking the orchestra’s return to full concerts. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 3 minute read
Lee in profile in front, wearing a cowboy hat and placing their hands on their belt; Rise in the background, playing a guitar

Philly Fringe 2022: Ninth Planet presents high noon, and A.I.M by Kyle Abraham presents An Untitled Love

An interdisciplinary duo

Two Fringe Festival shows, An Untitled Love from A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, and Ninth Planet’s high noon, explore the Black experience, highlighting themes of resilience, community, and connection. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
In dramatic red lighting, Davis listens to the phone he holds to his ear. A painting of a Black woman is behind him.

Philly Fringe 2022: Philadelphia Artists Collective and theBlackBestFriend present Alice Childress’s Wine in the Wilderness

A love poem to us

Alice Childress’s Wine in the Wilderness, a play about the realities and illusions of race, class, and gender, is onstage in North Philly for this year’s Fringe. Jeannine A. Cook reviews.
Jeannine A. Cook

Jeannine A. Cook

Reviews 5 minute read
Maureen & Mag sit in a rustic living room with wood furniture. Mag looks accusing, Maureen tired, her feet on a footrest.

Philly Fringe 2022: Allens Lane Art Center Theater presents Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Don’t miss a word

This chilling, expertly circling family drama from Martin McDonagh lands at Allens Lane Art Center in this year’s Philly Fringe. Helen Walsh reviews.
Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh

Reviews 2 minute read
2 Latina actors: the younger, Munguia, sits on the ground near Crotte, who has long gray hair & looks sad, near a lit candle

People’s Light presents Eisa Davis’s Mushroom

A dramatic excavation

People’s Light presents its latest locally inspired New Play Frontiers production, exploring Chester County’s mushroom-farming community. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Armstead appears in 3 juxtaposed forms: delighted kid, surly teen, and grownup with a knowing smile, wearing a black dress.

Philly Fringe 2022: Matthew Armstead presents Song Bridge

A singer’s healing gift

This tender, interdisciplinary Cannonball Festival performance from Matthew Armstead explores the hopeful acts of healing from trauma, homophobia, and racism. Krista Mar reviews.
Krista Mar

Krista Mar

Reviews 2 minute read