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Zion, in a gray tee, sits on a couch by Hodge, in a plaid bathrobe. Satie, in white sheath & headwrap, stands behind them

InterAct Theatre Company presents Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Yiddish Speaker

Imagining life for Jews after a successful insurrection

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Yiddish Speaker, getting its world premiere at InterAct, offers a striking glimpse into the specificity of Jewish generational trauma, but it needs something more. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 3 minute read
Bergen, in the foreground, shares a park bench with DaPonte. Both men look outward with worried, contemplative expressions

Plays & Players presents Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story

Paper tiger

Plays & Players presents Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story in a flat restaging that fails to capture the play’s primal power. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read
Painting of 9 Black women in dresses around the edge of a sunflower quilt with Van Gogh beside, sunflowers all around them.

Delaware Art Museum presents There Is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art

A better picture of Black women in American history

Current representations of Black women in American history are improving, and a traveling exhibition now at Delaware Art Museum is a welcome addition to the trend. An Nichols reviews.
An Nichols

An Nichols

Reviews 4 minute read
Lee, a Black man, in gold pants & patterned gold tank, poses with arms gracefully outspread with a colorful starry backdrop

Roger Lee Dance Company presents Galaxy

Turning outer space into a family affair

Roger Lee Dance Company presents Galaxy, a timely new family-friendly performance inspired by the Milky Way. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
Unsettling oil painting of a skinny boy in shorts, shirt, tie & black cape pointing down toward his wooden hand-lettered sign

The Brandywine Museum of Art presents Jamie Wyeth: Unsettled

A Wyeth who casts his own shadow

A bold, chilling, and magnetic Brandywine Museum of Art exhibition disentangles Jamie Wyeth from the legacies of his father and grandfather. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
Book cover: with red bars above & below, the focal image is a collage-like illustration of an owl in flight.

The History of Temple University Japan: An Experiment in International Education, by Richard Joslyn and Bruce Stronach

An American first in Japan

A new book about the surprising history of Temple University’s expansion to a Japanese campus is full of diplomatic intrigue, political ambition, last-ditch rescues, frenemies, and heroes. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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Miller, in a velvet jacket & gold crown, pauses in thought. Behind, Parkinson wears a strapless dress, holding a wine glass

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth

A rare expansion of the Scottish play

Quintessence Theatre Group stages a blockbuster Macbeth with an expanded script and an all-male cast, thrilling even when its reach exceeds its grasp. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 5 minute read
Bowman as Elsa, smiling with blond hair, a crown, an embroidered turquoise dress and gloves, and a purple cape.

Ensemble Arts Philly and the Shubert Organization present Disney’s Frozen

Let it snow

Disney’s Frozen makes its way to Philadelphia for the first time, landing at the Academy of Music and drawing passionate franchise fans into the magic of live theater. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 3 minute read
In evening wear in a luxurious hotel suite, the characters react differently to something that one is reading on a smartphone

Act II Playhouse presents Terence McNally’s It’s Only a Play

Waiting on the reviews

The review is in for Act II's It's Only a Play, the show about theater artists waiting to hear the critics' opinions. Frank Burd reviews.

Frank Burd

Reviews 3 minute read
Thomas & Torriente lie onstage in spotlights at the sides. 16 dancers advance at center, each with 1 hand on hip & 1 raised

Philadelphia Ballet presents Dance Masterpieces

Three grand finales: Ailey, Forsythe, and Tharpe

The Philadelphia Ballet offered a trio of grand finales for its March program: favorites by Alvin Ailey, William Forsythe, and Twyla Tharpe brought heart, speed, skill, and whimsy. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read