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DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM (McCarter): Dance review

For one night only, the Dance Theatre of Harlem appeared on the Matthews Stage of the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Amir Randall is Trayvon Martin in THE BALLAD OF TRAYVON MARTIN at New Freedom Theatre. Photo by ethimofoto.net

THE BALLAD OF TRAYVON MARTIN (New Freedom): When a play makes you feel something

New Freedom Theatre’s latest teaches us that anger is a valid reaction to any play that depicts racial injustice.

Elisa Matthews and Bailey Ryon in Arden’s THE SECRET GARDEN (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

THE SECRET GARDEN (Arden): Captivating mystery and haunting artistry

A superb cast and creative artistic design bring the story of traumatic loss and joyful renewal to life in the haunting musical adaptation of a Victorian classic.

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THEY EXTRACT! (Alma’s Engine): Love is a verb

In a dystopian future where love is a tangible commodity, Vera and Woolen fight to keep their love for themselves and each other.

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FULLY COMMITTED (Horizon): A zany one-man tour-de-force

One actor plays dozens of roles in a hilarious parody of the mad scramble for reservations at a trendy restaurant in Manhattan.

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LA VERITA (Campagnia Finzi Pasca): Experience the surreal

Choreographer Daniele Finzi Pasca has created an innovative circus-style performance inspired by a Dalí painting.

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A SINGLE SHARD (People’s Light): A yarn spun on a potter’s wheel

A powerful sensory experience that can be likened to listening to an engaging storyteller while staring at the fire

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PATCHWORKS (Darcy Lyons and Collaborators): Dance review

An appealing evening of solo performances, Patchworks provided fresh evidence of how working collaboratively can produce dances that showcase the individuality of the dancers.

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The 28th Inhale Performance Series (KYL/D): Dance review

Whether you are a dance aficionado or a first time attendee, Inhale Performance Series presents a wide variety of dance artists in a showcase fanyone can enjoy.

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A PROGRAM OF FIRSTS (PA Ballet): Remembering the start-line

It would not be too much to say that this has been one of the most exciting and accomplished seasons in Pennsylvania Ballet’s history.

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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME (FringeArts/ Lightning Rod Special): The safe word is “Sojourner”

The most talked-about play from the 2015 Fringe is revived in an equally stellar production at FringeArts.

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OPUS CACTUS by MOMIX (Dance Affiliates): Feel nature and the universe

Moses Pendleton’s concept is grandiose and its realization is magnificent.

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OVO (Cirque du Soleil): Acrobatic insects and a life-affirming egg

Cirque du Soleil’s current touring show considers the world of insects in its signature combination of breathtaking acrobatics, original live music, and colorful design.

Dr. Anonymous at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in 1972. Photo by Kay Tobin, courtesy New York Public Library Collections.

217 BOXES OF DR. HENRY ANONYMOUS (HSP/PUPCos/Painted Bride): Archival gold

An extraordinary story of conviction and courage among a cleverly conceived catacumbal graduation of gray archival boxes.

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SAAYUJA (THE MERGING) (Annenberg): A celebratory blend of Bharatanatyam and carnatic music

Part storytelling and part culture sharing, Saayuja was more than the merging of art forms, it was the intermingling of cultures and politics

Hannah Parke  (Claryssa) and  Nicholas Scheppard (Sebastian). Photo by AustinArt.Org.

MOTH (Azuka): Another teen angst drama

While its opening moments certainly intrigue and amuse, MOTH loses steam as it chugs along.

Megan Edelman, Christina Higgins, Molly Edelman, and Allison Kessler in Victorian Theatre’s LITTLE WOMEN at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion (Photo credit: Rowland Hetrick).

LITTLE WOMEN (Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion): A sincere and sentimental view of female life in Victorian times

An intimate site-specific adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved Victorian novel captures the humor and pathos of the book and the look and feel of the era.

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THE ELIXIR OF LOVE (Opera Philadelphia): Ever may the fruit be plucked

A uniformly wonderful cast provide bright, sunshiny fun in this lively, fast-moving, exuberant staging of Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comedy.

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KRISSY FRAELICH (Arden Cabaret): 60-second review

Fraelich proves her mettle as a singer who can move as much as impress you.