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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.