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Ebony Pullum as Billie Holliday. She wears a black & white dress and sings passionately into a vintage mic under red light.

Curio Theatre Company presents Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

God bless the child

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Curio Theatre offers a complex, entertaining portrait of Billie Holiday’s final Philadelphia performance. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
A scene from the play. An 8-person ensemble, some seated, some standing, all but one wearing white clothes and blindfolds.

EgoPo Classic Theater presents Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Life Is a Dream

Poland, or anywhere else

Brenna Geffers and Felipe Vergara adapt a 17th-century Spanish classic to reflect our contemporary world of political turmoil and division. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

Reviews 3 minute read
A scene from the play, in 16th-century costume. Frank X puts his arms around Scallen and Hall, who look tenderly at him.

Lantern Theater Company presents Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons

A play for this season

Lantern Theater Company’s A Man for All Seasons, starring Frank X and Anthony Lawton, is an old-school historical drama that still proves its worth. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 2 minute read
Film still. Muñoz, a Mexican woman, shouts out in a crowd, with dim tinted lights. Camera is close up on her side profile

The Weekly Roundup, March 16-23

CultureFest! celebrates Nowruz, films with Penn Live Arts, and EgoPo’s Life is a Dream

The week features the Iranian New Year festivities with CultureFest!, a series of films from Penn Live Arts and Temple University, and of course, Make A F*ckin’ Show, You P.O.S. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
A scene from the play. Curley is seen from the back as Laurey speaks to him. Jud watches dourly in the corner, by a gun rack

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

A whole new darkness

The promoters of this revival of Oklahoma! promise it's like nothing you've ever seen, and they're right. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
A scene from the play. 4 actors joyfully share a microphone, karaoke-style. One holds a baby. They’re behind a yellow couch

Arden Theatre Company presents R. Eric Thomas’s Backing Track

Family play

In Backing Track, a world premiere at the Arden, R. Eric Thomas offers a warm, witty portrait of a multigenerational Black queer family. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
An oil painting—a Black man lies on grass, wearing a blue spaghetti strap dress, head leaning on a large pile of grapes

The Weekly Roundup, March 9-16

Celebrating Lloyd Price, the Print Center’s 96th International Competition, and Quiet Boy

The Print Center closes its international solo exhibit, Personality from People’s Light honors an unsung leader in music, and Elizabeth Bergeland illustrates the male body in a different light. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 5 minute read
A scene from Other World. 3 fantastical video-game characters face a giant puppet scorpion in dramatic blue light and mist.

Delaware Theatre Company presents Hunter Bell’s Other World

A show for all worlds

Delaware Theatre Company’s world-premiere musical spans diverse digital and real-life communities with astounding visuals and sparkling songs. Helen Walsh reviews.
Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh

Reviews 3 minute read
Scene from the play. Banks stands warily opposite Close, seated at a desk in vest & tie. She wears a camo jacket & a backpack

Theatre Horizon presents James Ijames’s TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever

Rewriting the antebellum script

TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever, a regional premiere from James Ijames at Theatre Horizon, asks its characters, and its audience, to wrestle with the complicated concept of inheritance. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
A nighttime photo of characters Tess and Rach in a Walmart parking lot, next to a shopping cart. Tess holds a camera.

Azuka Theatre presents Val Dunn’s Carroll County Fix

A hometown transformed

Val Dunn’s world-premiere play reckons with changes to Carroll County, Maryland, amidst the opioid epidemic and the suburbanization of once-outlying small towns. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read