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Nathanial Washington, on a dramatic blue-lit stage, plays the moment Lloyd Price first stepped up to the studio microphone.

People’s Light presents Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical

Oh-oh over and over

The world premiere of Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical sings an unsung entertainment hero at People’s Light. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Ebony Pullum as Billie Holliday. She wears a black & white dress and sings passionately into a vintage mic under red light.

Curio Theatre Company presents Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

God bless the child

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Curio Theatre offers a complex, entertaining portrait of Billie Holiday’s final Philadelphia performance. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
A scene from the play. An 8-person ensemble, some seated, some standing, all but one wearing white clothes and blindfolds.

EgoPo Classic Theater presents Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Life Is a Dream

Poland, or anywhere else

Brenna Geffers and Felipe Vergara adapt a 17th-century Spanish classic to reflect our contemporary world of political turmoil and division. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

Reviews 3 minute read
A scene from the play, in 16th-century costume. Frank X puts his arms around Scallen and Hall, who look tenderly at him.

Lantern Theater Company presents Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons

A play for this season

Lantern Theater Company’s A Man for All Seasons, starring Frank X and Anthony Lawton, is an old-school historical drama that still proves its worth. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 2 minute read
Yannick conducts the orchestra on the Verizon Hall stage. Three women singers stand at the front with mics and music stands.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Kevin Puts’s The Hours

Keeping time for Virginia Woolf

The Hours, a new opera by Kevin Puts and librettist Greg Pierce, is the latest incarnation of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, encompassing love, regret, creativity, mental illness, and the human capacity for forgiveness. Peter Burwasser reviews.

Peter Burwasser

Reviews 3 minute read
Two dancers sit back-to-back on the studio floor. The front dancer, and Asian woman, raises one arm straight up.

Crossing Paths Movement Collective presents its Philly premiere

Diverse paths in dance converge

Crossing Paths Movement Collective makes its Philadelphia premiere with works created by movement artists and choreographers Evalina “Wally” Carbonell, Sarah Carlson, Nick M. Daniels, and Malcolm Shute. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 5 minute read
A scene from Lift. 6 people dance in unison in front of a wood pulpit with a cross. A gospel choir stands on risers at right

Penn Live Arts presents Rennie Harris’s Lifted

A prodigal son in dance

The latest full-length narrative dance from Rennie Harris is a sharp, athletic, emotional retelling of the biblical prodigal son. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
A richly colored nighttime watercolor of a 19th-century woman with red hair sitting at a desk, lit by a bright white candle

The Delaware Art Museum and Somerville Manning Gallery present Holly Trostle Brigham

Recovering the oeuvre of women forgotten

Fans of Philadelphia artist Holly Trostle Brigham, whose work elevates often-forgotten women, have a double opportunity to see her work: a show at the Delaware Museum of Art, and at Breck's Mill’s Somerville Manning Gallery. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Jabari Banks in Bel-Air. He wears a sideways baseball cap and a maroon school uniform blazer. He smiles joyfully.

Peacock presents Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince, reinvented

Starring UArts alum Jabari Banks, Peacock’s Bel-Air is a dramatic reimagining of the popular 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Blair Krassen reviews.
Blair Krassen

Blair Krassen

Reviews 4 minute read
A scene from the play. Curley is seen from the back as Laurey speaks to him. Jud watches dourly in the corner, by a gun rack

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

A whole new darkness

The promoters of this revival of Oklahoma! promise it's like nothing you've ever seen, and they're right. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read