PCMS presents the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia’s 200th Anniversary Concert
Still vibrant at 202 (and counting)
The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia marked its bicentennial in 2020, and was finally able to celebrate with four commissioned Philly-inspired premieres by world-class contemporary composers. Margaret Darby reviews.
The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Gil Shaham playing Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Seasons of love
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s string players took the spotlight in a performance anchored by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with guest soloist Gil Shaham. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents Derrick Adams: Sanctuary
Know before you go
Derrick Adams: Sanctuary, now on view at AAMP, is inspired by the Green Book travel guide that helped Black motorists plan their trips in the Jim Crow era. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
The Wilma Theater presents Dmitry Krymov’s adaption of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
The sign of a good show
The Wilma gives Chekhov’s classic a chaotic, colorful modern update—complete with a sentient train station departure sign. Jill Ivey reviews.
Resident Ensemble Players presents Theresa Rebeck’s Yeah Baby
Expectation and reality collide in Theresa Rebeck’s Yeah Baby, an absurdist comedy that is the playwright’s fourth Resident Ensemble Players premiere. Gail Obenreder reviews.
PHILADANCO! presents RE (RE-vived and Archived, RE-visited and RE-constructed)
Reliving the repertoire
On the night founder Joan Myers Brown received the Avenue of the Arts Visionary Award, PHILADANCO! gave us a taste of that vision to open its 52nd year. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Madeline Sayet’s Where We Belong
Flying between worlds
In Where We Belong, a compelling but uneven solo work at Philadelphia Theatre Company, Madeline Sayet explores what it means to study Shakespeare from an Indigenous perspective. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
The Education of a Journalist, by Dan Rottenberg
The power of public discussion
As his readers already know, BSR founding editor Dan Rottenberg loves a good debate, a quest he affirms in his journalistic memoir. Longtime colleague Rob Laymon reviews.
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery presents Lastgaspism: Art and Survival in the Age of Pandemic
Our long breathless moment
Lastgaspism, a new exhibition at Drexel’s Pearlstein gallery, explores breath and life in a time full of new fears for both. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.