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Lopes bends backward in a desperate, graceful line, one arm outstretched. Soca, looking passionate, holds her at her waist.

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.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
Petropolous stands on a table, hands on hips in a tight white outfit; Brendel & Smith appear to worship her on either side.

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.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Reviews 5 minute read
Scene from the play: Jones, Wallace & Stewart sit at a round dominoes table; Robinson stands and looks away, worried.

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.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read
Graham, a white man with white stubble, wearing an Eagles jersey & Phillies hat, sits in a bar holding a beer bottle.

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.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read
Against large rectangular screens with ocean projections, 3 cast members stand & one sits wrapped in a blanket center stage

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.
C.M. Crockford

C.M. Crockford

Reviews 4 minute read

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An 18th-century letter with ink cursive visible through the paper, directed to Trumbull in ink faded to brown.

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.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
Scene from the play: 9 ensemble members, in dramatic bars of light and dark, gather around a crouching man holding a rifle.

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.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Bailey, a white woman with luxuriant wavy brown hair, poses in a white shirt and black vest.

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.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
The cast of nine, looking zany with a variety of expressions, props, and costumes, stands in a gesticulating group onstage

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Scene from the play: sitting in adjacent forward-facing chairs, the two women turn their heads to look fondly at each other.

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read