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A colorful illustration featuring cartoon-stylized angels, including Azrael, who is centered and is wearing masquerade makeup

Brainchild Stageworkx presents Ryk Lewis’s The Ongoing Plight of the Ferryman

Opportunity knocks at death's door

Enjoy the season and get into the spirit of Halloween with this family-friendly original musical from Philly artist Ryk Lewis. Christina Anthony previews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Previews 2 minute read
A scene from Minor Character: three actors, wearing large red cardigans, seem to be prepping dinner on a long wooden counter

The Wilma presents New Saloon’s Minor Character

Welcome back to the Wilma

The Wilma returns to live, in-person performance with Minor Character, a play presenting six translations of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the same time. Brad Rothbart reviews.
Brad Rothbart

Brad Rothbart

Reviews 4 minute read
Actor Rachel Brodeur. She has long red hair and wears a flowing light-colored linen headdress like images of the Virgin Mary

Inis Nua Theatre presents Janet Moran’s A Holy Show

A smooth landing

Inis Nua’s A Holy Show gives a surprising warm and fuzzy feeling despite its grim subject matter: the 1981 hijacking of Aer Lingus flight 164. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 3 minute read
A Tommy and Me scene. Matt Pfeiffer as Didinger looks at a vintage Eagles helmet that Tom Teti as McDonald holds out to him

Delaware Theatre Company presents Ray Didinger’s Tommy and Me

The lore of the game

Delaware Theatre Company’s Tommy and Me is an especially welcoming reopening performance combining sports and theater, two things best experienced in a crowd. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Anthony Lawton, wearing a button-down shirt, sits with a thoughtful look. Wooden blinds cast slats of light behind him.

Lantern Theater Company presents Neil Bartlett’s The Plague

Conscience and contagion

Lantern Theater Company’s chilling adaptation of Camus’s The Plague, a US premiere, holds an uncomfortable theatrical mirror to our own pandemic reality. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
An illustration of a fried egg on a plate, next to a fork & a cell phone on the table. The show title is written on the plate

Lightning Rod Special presents We Are Trying to Reach You

Listening in on IVF

Lightning Rod Special continues its audio series Sound Break with We Are Trying to Reach You, Katie Gould’s challenging path to pregnancy told through voicemails, song, and egg jokes. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

Reviews 3 minute read
The show logo. The title in cursive at left & a pipe-smoking man’s profile at right, with a woman’s silhouette superimposed

Resident Ensemble Players present A Scandal in Bohemia

An earful from Sherlock Holmes

REP continues its popular radio drama series with a new adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia, famous for its twists. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
About 20 people dressed for the beach lie on a sandy, brightly lit beachscape created inside a large industrial building.

Philly Fringe 2021: Arcadia Exhibitions presents Sun & Sea

The shores of great opera

A former Philly railroad plant becomes the perfect home for Lithuanian opera Sun & Sea, which shines at this year’s Fringe Festival. Merilyn Jackson reviews.
Merilyn Jackson

Merilyn Jackson

Reviews 3 minute read

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Jenna Kuerzi, a white woman, as Alice in a blue dress & white apron. She poses on a table with ensemble members around her

Philly Fringe 2021: EgoPo Classic Theater presents Dane Eissler and Jenna Kuerzi’s Alice: not your child’s wonderland

When the surroundings steal the show

EgoPo Classic Theater launches its season with Alice: not your child’s wonderland, but this Lewis Carroll adaptation doesn’t go far enough down the rabbit hole. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Brown, a Black woman, and Goraczko, a white man, look towards each other in a well-lit room, art canvases are around them.

The Weekly Roundup, September 29-October 5

Mural Arts Month, Philadelphia Orchestra, WHITE, and the Virtual Latino Arts Festival

Celebrating and meditating on mural art, Our City, Your Orchestra returns, and James Ijames's WHITE is presented by Villanova Theatre. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read