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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
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

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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
Four sit on a couch, three of them talking, with one sitting still, focused, concerned.

11th Hour Theatre Company and Prima Theatre present SOON

Living life in the apocalypse

11th Hour Theatre Company paired up with Prima Theatre to bring a story about a young woman holed up in her apartment in the days leading up to the apocalypse. Michele Zipkin previews.
Michele Zipkin

Michele Zipkin

Previews 2 minute read
A summer protest city street scene, with a large crowd walking with its back to the camera, holding signs aloft.

A look back: why the Philly theater scene needs the Black Lives Matter movement

Local artists speak

Writer An Nichols followed the recent national social justice explosion that rocked the Philly theater community, but she wanted to look closer, speaking with local artists about their experiences leading up to the current moment.
An Nichols

An Nichols

Features 7 minute read
Three male cast members in luxurious costumes stand behind Pierre Jean Gonzalez as Hamilton, victoriously raising one hand

The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus presents Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton

Still astounding, and still astoundingly good

Hamilton’s long-awaited 2021 Philly run rocks the Academy of Music. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read