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Anthony Lawton, wearing a button-down shirt, sits with a thoughtful look. Wooden blinds cast slats of light behind him.

Lantern Theater Company presents Neil Bartlett’s The Plague

Conscience and contagion

Lantern Theater Company’s chilling adaptation of Camus’s The Plague, a US premiere, holds an uncomfortable theatrical mirror to our own pandemic reality. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
A color rendering of the French Revolution in 1789. A fortress burns and homes collapse behind a mass of armed people

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony

Beethoven’s belated birthday

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia returned to live performance with an ambitious program anchored by Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, but the results were somewhat variable. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
An illustration of a fried egg on a plate, next to a fork & a cell phone on the table. The show title is written on the plate

Lightning Rod Special presents We Are Trying to Reach You

Listening in on IVF

Lightning Rod Special continues its audio series Sound Break with We Are Trying to Reach You, Katie Gould’s challenging path to pregnancy told through voicemails, song, and egg jokes. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

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A life-size illustration of a Coclé man sports real-life bright gold plates, jewelry, belt, and armband.

Penn Museum presents The Stories We Wear

Our selves, on our sleeves

At Penn Museum’s The Stories We Wear, specimens of clothing spanning thousands of years prove that humans have always been dressing for success, and our tastes have changed less than you’d think. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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Leslie Odom Jr. and Alessandro Nivola face each other in profile in a scene from the movie.

HBO presents The Many Saints of Newark

The Sopranos, before and after

The new Sopranos movie, The Many Saints of Newark, isn’t nearly as transcendent as its series predecessor. But it does tell a much more honest story about the Mafia, Newark, and race. Stephen Silver considers.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 5 minute read
Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Iman Habibi smile on the Verizon Hall stage in front of a standing ovation, the orchestra behind them

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Beethoven and Iman Habibi

Out of the wilderness

In its first performance before a paying audience at Verizon Hall since March 2020, the Philadelphia Orchestra picked up right where it left off, with a stirring interpretation of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
Dancer Kate Lombardi, a white woman, holds out her arms onstage. She wears a long, flowing red dress with long tight sleeves.

Philly Fringe 2021: Dancefusion and Movement Migration present Dance Voices

The founding mothers of modern dance

Philly’s Dancefusion teamed with the visiting troupe Movement Migration to present Dance Voices, a double bill of five pieces by the two companies, an interesting mix of modern styles for the Philly Fringe. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 3 minute read
The show logo. The title in cursive at left & a pipe-smoking man’s profile at right, with a woman’s silhouette superimposed

Resident Ensemble Players present A Scandal in Bohemia

An earful from Sherlock Holmes

REP continues its popular radio drama series with a new adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia, famous for its twists. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
About 20 people dressed for the beach lie on a sandy, brightly lit beachscape created inside a large industrial building.

Philly Fringe 2021: Arcadia Exhibitions presents Sun & Sea

The shores of great opera

A former Philly railroad plant becomes the perfect home for Lithuanian opera Sun & Sea, which shines at this year’s Fringe Festival. Merilyn Jackson reviews.
Merilyn Jackson

Merilyn Jackson

Reviews 3 minute read
Jenna Kuerzi, a white woman, as Alice in a blue dress & white apron. She poses on a table with ensemble members around her

Philly Fringe 2021: EgoPo Classic Theater presents Dane Eissler and Jenna Kuerzi’s Alice: not your child’s wonderland

When the surroundings steal the show

EgoPo Classic Theater launches its season with Alice: not your child’s wonderland, but this Lewis Carroll adaptation doesn’t go far enough down the rabbit hole. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read