Reviews

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POP-UP PERFORMANCE ON EAST PASSYUNK (Megan Flynn Dance Company): By the warmth of two new works

Though outside was cold, Megan Flynn Dance Company’s pop-up performance was warm, inviting, and inspiring to all

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EVERY BRILLIANT THING (Arden): Scott Greer in an entertaining, painful, life-enhancing play

To balance the traumas of life—from a difficult childhood through a challenging adulthood—a man writes down every brilliant thing, every wish he can think of.

L to R Che-Hung Chen, Hilary Hahn, Natalie Zhu, Yumi Kendall. Photo by George Bell.

HILARY HAHN PLAYS BERNSTEIN (Philadelphia Orchestra): A stunning postlude

The performance was more than the music – it was four friends who find that although they spend their lives practicing, they actually enjoy playing music together.

Julianna Babb as Babette and JP Dunphy as Lumiere. Credit_ Alex Medvick

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Media Theater): An enchanted musical

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is set in a countryside town near a forest. The musical is based on Linda Woolverton’s screenplay for Disney, which focuses on the ill-fated beast and his…

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SYMPHONY FOR A BROKEN ORCHESTRA (Temple Contemporary): One kid’s trash…

Four hundred musicians gathered at the 23rd Street Armory on Sunday night to perform on a wide array of broken instruments

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BEAUTIFUL DECAY (BalletX): A timely reprise

Youth is fleeting; beauty is not.

David Ingram, James Ijames, and Charlotte Northeast in THE BROWNINGS. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.

THE BROWNINGS (Orbiter 3): Let me count the f%&*ing ways

In a heartfelt moment, Elizabeth Barrett Browning tells her poet-husband, “I’m going to dip your cock in laudanum and fuck you til i’m high”

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[book review] A BODY OF WORK by David Hallberg: Dancing to the Edge and Back

This book invites readers into the world of ballet, and reminds us what it takes us to truly live our lives for a love.

Gregory Isaac and Leigha Kato. Back, l to r: Lee Coropassi, Doug Hara. (Photo by Shawn May)

MY FAIR LADY (Quintessence): A splendid holiday gift

A jubilant mix of beautiful music and songs, dancing, magic, social politics… and elocution

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CRIMES OF THE HEART (Curio): Deliciously dark Southern fare

Beth Henley’s play remains relevant because its central characters feel so vibrantly human

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THE CRAFTSMAN (Lantern): Crafting a good story

Now in its world premiere from Lantern Theater, the latest play by Philly’s favorite playwright Bruce Graham is based on a true story. It’s a great story.

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ON EDGE (PA Ballet): Cutting-edge ballet by three striking choreographers

What is normal or abnormal? What is black or white? What is right or wrong? Or are those ideas all meaningless in this chaotic world?

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Cowell, Cage, and Crumb: An avant-garde piano show at the Barnes

The Barnes Foundation is sponsoring a very high-level series of musical performances, which connect visual arts and music. Robert Whalen and his wife, Katherine Skovira, who are music directors for…

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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (EgoPo): High-spirited and delightfully messy

This musical theater version of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, launches EgoPo’s season as a cabaret/fundraiser.

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Right Hand Woman: An interview with Emily Zeck, PTC’s managing director

Emily Zeck brings a wealth of experience to her new role as Philadelphia Theatre Company’s managing director.

Esplanade sketch by Chuck Schultz.

PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY (NextMove Dance): Finding new by experiencing antecedent

Paul Taylor is one of the most important figures in the history of modern dance. Sketches by Chuck Schultz.

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THE GAP (Azuka): Self-discovery onstage

By revealing the plot through meta layers, Goidel reinforces the idea that we’re watching self-discovery through art.

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Daniel Barland in BROKEN STONES at InterAct Theatre. Photo by Kathryn Raines

BROKEN STONES (InterAct): Searching through the meta rubble

What better theatrical vehicle for cynicism than “meta”: how many ways can the playwright fool an audience?

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BLOOD WEDDING (Wilma): Movement in the veins

Lorca’s BLOOD WEDDING makes a fitting vehicle for the Wilma Theater in-house troupe.