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Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee stand next to and face each other, slight laughing smiles, wearing suits.

The Weekly Roundup, August 26-September 1

An operatic Verzuz, plays for West Philly and Germantown, and Street Movies all over town

Philly shows up for itself with offerings in theater, opera, and film in various neighborhoods in the city. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
A colorful mixed-media collage of illustrating photographs of salsa dancers.

The Weekly Roundup, August 18-24, 2021

Summer flamenco Tablao, Streets Dept parade, A Thousand Fibers, and Salsa Shines Through

Artsi and Pasión y Arte bring back Tablao, Streets Dept parades for vaccinations, A Thousand Fibers honors a Philly resident, and a new Mural Arts project fuses salsa with self-expression. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
Three people in vaguely Elizabethan costumes stare curiously into space. Behind them is an aerialist in a sparkling leotard

Shakespeare in Clark Park presents Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Did I just enjoy Pericles?

For its 15th production, Shakespeare in Clark Park takes one of the Bard’s weaker plays to the circus. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
On a red-lit stage, four Black men crawl menacingly toward a Black boy.

Does new leadership (finally) mean a new era for Philly-area theaters?

Stages of change

In and around Philadelphia, several theater companies are expanding or re-envisioning their artistic leadership models as they prepare to resume in-person performances. Cameron Kelsall speaks with them.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Features 6 minute read
Against a black background, Greg Wood wears army-style fatigues. He has white hair, and raises his palms questioningly

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s An Iliad

Homer, then and now

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents An Iliad, a modern-day adaptation of Homer's classic. David Block reviews.
David Block

David Block

Reviews 3 minute read
A stage with ornate armchairs & purple-peach backdrop. A man with a shocked face wearing a sweater vest holds a stone wheel

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth

Humanity and its discontents

The Skin of Our Teeth, Thornton Wilder’s timeless exploration of society’s follies, receives a digital staging from Quintessence Theatre Group that meets our moment. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
Actors Mary Tuomanen, wearing white, and Lindsay Smiling, wearing black, crouch and plot gleefully over a purple flower

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Lovers, friends, and fairies

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival moves outdoors this season with an ebullient, endearingly goofing staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
A performance snapshot of actor Buchanan as he leans out from a gazebo in a greenspace.

Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival offers three inviting performances

Triple your Bard!

Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival presents a trifecta. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
In dramatic blue lighting, actor Desirée Hall seems to fly in a dragon costume with giant wings, beside a cinderblock wall.

Brian Sanders’ JUNK presents Dragonbutter

The art of the game

Dragonbutter is an inventive hour-long experience from Brian Sanders’ JUNK that inserts participants into a hands-on science-fiction video-game quest. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
Jared Chichester as Moses (left) and Davon Johnson as Kitch contemplate what’s waiting for them on the other side. (Photo by Paola Nogueras.)

Theatre Exile and Theatre in the X present Antoinette Nwandu’s ‘Pass Over’

Surviving to the promised land

Theatre Exile and Theatre in the X present ‘Pass Over,’ a story about two young Black men looking to pass over into their imagined promised land. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Reviews 4 minute read