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A candle burns, wax dripping down the candle taper. Behind it, an angel appears through blue and white smoke.

People's Light and Hedgerow Theatre present their takes on A Christmas Carol

Two carols are better than one

People's Light and Hedgerow Theatre perform A Christmas Carol, but in two very different ways. Gail Obenreder reviews the two productions.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 6 minute read
Ngozi Anyanwu and Steven Rishard in Garbologists. Costumed as sanitation workers, they talk inside the cab of a trash truck.

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Lindsay Joelle’s The Garbologists

Trash talkers

The Garbologists, a world premiere from Philadelphia Theatre Company, searches for deep meaning in a dirty job but offers a fairly thin character study instead. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Ngo and Kim, two Chinese American actors, on stage. Ngo is dressed in a silk robe, both looking towards the audience.

InterAct Theatre Company presents The Chinese Lady

An inconvenient history

Taking from Nancy E. Davis’s meticulously researched book of the same name, Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady introduces audiences to the first Chinese woman to arrive in America for a story that’s still relevant in 2021. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 4 minute read
Promo image. 'Hotel Williams' is written in B&W characters, with keyholes underneath, one is shaped like a heart

The Weekly Roundup, November 10-17

Visiting ‘Hotel Williams’, Cecil B. Moore, ‘A Sankofa Dream’, and Poet-Tree En Motion

Rare plays from Tennessee Williams, a mural for Cecil B. Moore Freedom Fighters, and honoring the ancestors. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
A scene from the play. Tolentino wears a red shirt & purple hoodie; Bey fishnets and long blond hair. They both look wistful

Azuka Theatre presents Erlina Ortiz’s Young Money

Money well spent

In Azuka Theatre’s Young Money, two women from different walks of life learn how much they have in common during a chaotic event. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Actors Joell Weil, Lisa Strum, Marquis Wood, & Malik Childs pose outdoors, a green leafy tree behind them

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew

The best of the break room

Bristol Riverside Theatre returns to live theater with this powerfully acted production of Dominique Mourisseau’s workplace drama Skeleton Crew. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 2 minute read
The characters sit in a small, cluttered living room, folding laundry with expressions like tiredness, worry & happiness.

Theatre Exile presents Makasha Copeland’s Extreme Home Makeover

A worthy homecoming

With the charming, edgy family comedy Extreme Home Makeover, Theatre Exile finally returns to its own South Philly home. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read

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Ang Bey, a Black nonbinary actor, is dressed in a bright yellow wig, white faux fur jacket, and sequin bra.

The Weekly Roundup, November 3-9

Voicing Philadelphia, ‘Young Money,’ and Diwali on the Pier

A film festival and a multi-disciplinary exhibit chronicle untold stories and perspectives of the city, Azuka Theatre opens Young Money, and more. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
Scene from ‘SOON.’ Actor Ebony Pullum, a Black woman, in a pink shirt & striped pants, talks on the phone in a small kitchen

11th Hour Theatre Company and Prima Theatre present SOON

How soon is now?

In SOON, Nick Blaemire’s new musical, there’s a major climate event on the horizon … so it’s pretty tempting to just stay home and hide out with the 24-hour news cycle. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
A family sit in front of a TV. An older woman sits with her arms crossed, a young teen sits in the middle with a camera.

Theatre Exile presents Makasha Copeland’s Extreme Home Makeover

Home is where the heart is

Theatre Exile opens its 25th anniversary season and returns to in-person performances with Extreme Home Makeover. Christina Anthony previews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Previews 2 minute read