The Philadelphia Ballet presents Angel Corella’s Carmen
A well-known story with a sexy edge
Opera fans know the story, but in this world-premiere original long-form ballet by Philadelphia Ballet director Angel Corella, Carmen gets a sexy edge. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
The Kimmel Cultural Campus and the Shubert Organization present the national tour of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls
So you agree, you think this is really funny?
Mean Girls has been a sensation since the original film premiered in 2004—but it’s as funny as it is problematic. The Broadway musical, now on its national tour, is even more offensive, with none of the film’s charm. Alaina Johns reviews.
People’s Light presents Steve H. Broadnax III’s Bonez
Social horror on stage
People’s Light brings social horror to the stage with the world premiere of Steve H. Broadnax III’s Bonez, which boasts eerie technical wizardry but is stymied by a script that too often gets in its own way. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Hedgerow Theatre Company presents Bruce Graham’s The Philly Fan
The story at the heart of the game
The Philly Fan, in an updated version at Hedgerow Theatre starring playwright Bruce Graham, surveys 50 years of Philadelphia sports through the thoughtful perspective of one man in a bar. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Penn Live Arts and The Acting Company present Lisa Peterson's The Odyssey
Modern exiles on the wine-dark sea
A powerful new retelling of The Odyssey, based on UPenn professor Emily Wilson’s translation, stops in Philly on its national tour, with New Jersey dates coming in November. C.M. Crockford reviews.
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The Rosenbach presents Succession: Why Presidential History Matters Now
A precedent for presidents
No, it’s not the hit HBO series about the backstabbing offspring of a fictional media mogul; it’s the Rosenbach’s look at the real-life succession of our own US presidents—reminders we need today. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
Arden Theatre Company presents Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins
A history of violence
Arden Theatre Company considers Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins through a chilling contemporary lens. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Ella-Gabriel Mason’s Sex Werque and Kaytlin Bailey’s Whore’s Eye View
Learning from the pros
Cannonball Festival presented two solo shows about sex workers: Ella-Gabriel Mason’s Sex Werque: Notes from the Field and Kaytlin Bailey’s Whore’s Eye View. Melissa Strong reviews.
Delaware Theatre Company presents Michael Frayn’s Noises Off
A favorite piece of chaos
Delaware Theatre Company opens the season with a bang of eight doors in the ever-popular, ever-challenging backstage farce Noises Off. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Resident Ensemble Players presents Eileen Atkins’s Vita & Virginia
For the love of letters
Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players opens its 15th season with Vita & Virginia, a chamber production exploring a historic intellectual and romantic affair in an era of letters. Gail Obenreder reviews.