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Actor O’Donnell, a white woman with gray-brown curly hair, stands smiling against a black backdrop with her hand on her heart

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe’s Every Brilliant Thing

Not a solution, but a start

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s participatory production of Every Brilliant Thing has a message we need, from Center Valley all the way to Capitol Hill. Wendy Rosenfield reviews.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Reviews 3 minute read
Four Black actors in period costume stand soberly in a late 19th-century interior, long grasses at the side, & black backdrop

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West

Rediscovering Nicodemus

Quintessence’s Reclamation Repertory continues with Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West, a deeply relevant play for our ongoing conversations about redlining, gentrification, and reparations. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 3 minute read
A scene from the play. Ngo stands in the kitchen smiling, wearing an apron with orange tulips on it, one hand on her chest.

1812 Productions presents Bi Jean Ngo’s In Search of the Kitchen Gods

A theatrical dish

Philly creator/performer Bi Jean Ngo’s world-premiere of In Search of the Kitchen Gods is an inviting, interdisciplinary exploration of her Vietnamese heritage. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 2 minute read
Scene from the play. Richardson & Wyatt, two Black actors, face each other tenderly with hands joined, sitting on a small bed

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Alexandre Dumas fils’s Camille

A wilted tragedy

Despite a stylish physical production, Quintessence Theatre’s Camille lacks the passion of traditional melodrama and the perspective needed for a contemporary reinvention. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Scene from the play: Bey, in a pink dress, sits on an exam table, with Ford next to her, wearing a white coat & stethoscope

Lantern Theater Company presents Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine

How much can we handle?

Lynn Nottage’s modern classic is a funny, fourth-wall-breaking work of art under the direction of Amina Robinson for Lantern Theater Company. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read

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In the center of a circle of about 12 dancers moving hand to hand, Greer stands on a box & sings. They wear modern clothes

Arden Theatre Company presents Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods

An enchanting season finale

The Arden takes another trip Into the Woods, with delightful and poignant results. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
Scene from the play. Finister & Owens stand at a table, Finister preparing food and Owens talking & drinking a glass of wine

The Wilma Theater presents Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview

Never alone

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview, closing out the Wilma’s season, delves deep into themes of community and identity, and the power of live theater has never felt more immediate. Wendy Rosenfield reviews.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Reviews 3 minute read
A scene from the play. Two female fencers in white protective uniforms lunge at each other on a blue-lit stage.

Theatre Horizon presents Gracie Gardner’s Athena

Goddesses of war

Fencing and friendship are equally dangerous sports in Athena, a razor-sharp coming-of-age comedy at Theatre Horizon. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Figaro and Count Almaviva in colonial-style clothing and robes, in mid-song on stage.

OperaDelaware presents The Marriage of Figaro

Get me to the church on time!

Gail Obenreder previews OperaDE's production of The Marriage of Figaro, continuing the tale of Figaro from this past winter's The Barber of Seville.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
A photo exposed multiple times reveals a dancer in white in different poses mid-dance, on stage—looks like a series of ghosts

Earlie Bird Productions presents The Loneliness Project

A familiar feeling shared onstage

Through song, movement, and more, Earlie Bird Productions hopes to bring together audiences with The Loneliness Project. Dara McBride previews.

Dara McBride

Previews 3 minute read