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Davis, with short, gingery hair & beard, wearing a white tee, holds a wooden nutcracker doll and has a thoughtful expression.

Chris Davis presents One-Man Nutcracker

A magical reimagining, back for 2023

Chris Davis has been bringing his fresh and
funny one-man take on The Nutcracker to Philly theaters since 2019. This year, the still-delightful show lands at the Drake. An Nichols reviews.
An Nichols

An Nichols

Reviews 2 minute read
Rottsolk, in a black & pink dress, sings on a golden, pillared chancel with 8 black-clad musicians playing around her.

Piffaro presents Christmas in Southern Germany

Old music, fresh performance

Piffaro celebrates the season by treating audiences to Christmas in Southern Germany, an uplifting and accessible multi-instrumental deep dive into sacred works of the 16th and 17th century. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Gilbert squats with Fenton lying gracefully extended across his knees. They both wear bronze, silver & gold bodysuits.

PHILADANCO! presents Intangible Influences

Premieres and a tribute to Gene Hill Sagan

PHILADANCO! honors late resident choreographer Gene Hill Sagan in a program also including two company premieres and two world premieres featuring returning and new choreographers. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
Elmore, in a striped tee & suspenders, sings with a wildly costumed ensemble of about 10 grouped behind him.

Delaware Theatre Company presents Peter and the Starcatcher

A Peter Pan prequel panto

As an American-style panto, this ebullient, exceptional production of Peter and the Starcatcher from Delaware Theatre Company is a welcome respite from endless Christmas Carols. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
Vintage opening-night poster with all the featured bands & Franklin’s face in front of a factory, all in orange ink.

Drexel University presents Electrified: 50 Years of Electric Factory

Reelin’ in the years

Philly live music lovers should hurry to a new special exhibition at Drexel University spotlighting the history of the Electric Factory, including iconic guitars, a Rock-Ola jukebox, and tons of memorabilia. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 6 minute read
Six cast members pose on the steps of a blue-lit stoop with Coleman, a Black woman in a sleeveless orange costume, at center

The Kimmel Cultural Campus and the Shubert Organization present the national tour of Company

Still in good company with Sondheim

Sondheim still abounds despite his recent passing, and the new tour of Company takes a gender swap to the 1970 story, with uneven results that nevertheless keep the joy of the show alive. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read
Black & white photo of Cooper as Bernstein conducting intensely, from the view of the musicians.

Netflix presents Bradley Cooper’s Maestro

A powerful realization of Leonard Bernstein’s life and loves

Star, director, co-writer, and co-producer Bradley Cooper’s Maestro, the new Netflix biopic on Leonard Bernstein, has important connections to Philadelphia’s creative life and music. Victor L. Schermer reviews.
Victor L. Schermer

Victor L. Schermer

Reviews 3 minute read
On an orange-lit set with neon bars & a Philly skyline backdrop, four actors in orange jumpsuits pose outlandishly on chairs.

1812 Productions presents This Is the Week That Is

Satire wanted

A Philly tradition since 2006, This Is the Week That Is attempts to wring mirth from the news, but this year’s iteration ranges from offensive to baffling. Emily Schilling reviews.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Reviews 3 minute read
In the foreground, Thomas sings passionately into a mic, with the others behind him on a porch awash in purple light.

The Wilma Theater presents James Ijames’s Fat Ham

High on the hog

Fat Ham comes home in this new production at the Wilma, onstage as it was meant to be, after the company debuted a filmed version in 2021. Everyone is welcome to the cookout. Hanae Mason reviews.
Hanae Mason

Hanae Mason

Reviews 6 minute read
Close-up on Cicchetti, a young woman with dark glossy curls, putting her hands to her face and looking up as she sings.

Quintessence Theatre Group presents The Fantasticks

Try to remember

In Quintessence Theatre Group’s December production of The Fantasticks, complex poetries meet deceptively simple story and design, honoring both youthful sparks and older gratitude. C.M. Crockford reviews.
C.M. Crockford

C.M. Crockford

Reviews 3 minute read