Reviews

till from Wil-o-Wisp (Moiré Installation), 2018, by Rachel Rose (American, born 1986). Video installation with sound, double-lined mesh scrim, carpet, projection screen, and semi-transparent projection scrims. Jointly commissioned and owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Funding is made possible for the Philadelphia Museum of Art through the Contemporary Art Revolving Fund. Image © 2018 Rachel Rose.

A Dilettante at Large reviews two new shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Toby Zinman considers “Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp/The Future Fields Commission” and “Biting Wit and Brazen Folly: British Satirical Prints, 1780s–1830s”

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CAMELOT (Act II Playhouse): 60-second review

CAMELOT is the example of a group of talent working together to create an amazing experience for the audience.

Photo by Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios

FUN HOME (Arden Theatre): LOL misery

The Bechdel family has a funeral home (dubbed Fun Home by the kids) and also a not-fun family home.

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TRANSCENDENCE TO TRANSPARENCY (Les Canards Chantants): Music review

Les Canards Chantants (“the singing ducks”), a renaissance polyphony voice ensemble, was born in England but is now based in Philadelphia.

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PETER PAN (School of Pennsylvania Ballet): Forever’s children

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet presented its 2018 annual performance at the Prince Theater on May 19 and 20.

Sketch by Chuck Schultz.

TOSCA (Philadelphia Orchestra): Music as a cultural mission

Yannick Nevet-Seguin conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in a semi-staged performance of Puccini’s TOSCA

Pennsylvania Ballet Corps de Ballet Members Jacqueline Callahan, Zecheng Liang, and Nayara Lopes in George Balanchine’s JEWELS. Photo Credit: Alexander Iziliaev

JEWELS (PA Ballet): A dazzling season finale

Pennsylvania Ballet closed its 2017-2018 season with George Balanchine’s masterpiece, JEWELS

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MOMIX (NextMove Dance): Awakening your senses

What was on the stage was recreation of what exists in the universe: organisms; minerals; plants; animals that breath, live, and recreate.

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MEASURE OF A MAN (dir. Jim Loach): Film review

Even though the film is rather plain, the central characterization makes this breezy beach-read of a movie a thorough joy.

Photo by Gerald Cyrus.

I HATE HAMLET: (Allens Lane): Theater on theater

Allens Lane Theater company, directed by Mariangela Saavedra offers an evening of community fun with I HATE HAMLET, a lighthearted comedy about theater’s favorite topic: theater. The piece was written…

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A Dilettante at Large: THE RESTAURANT SCHOOL AT WALNUT HILL COLLEGE

All this dilettanting around town can make a critic hungry

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HOPE AND GRAVITY (1812 Productions): “Even the lightest things come crashing back down to earth.”

There are many good comedies out there, but not many where the weight of tragedy crests and wanes beneath the laughter.

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CARMEN (Opera Philadelphia): Color and excitement

nspired by by the resetting of their 2015 production of La Traviata, director Paul Curran and set/costume designer Gary McCann team up again to bring CARMEN to a nearer past, set in a beautiful Havana-esque 1950’s.

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OUR FEW AND EVIL DAYS (Inis Nua): Tantalizing ambiguity

This is difficult review to write since almost anything I’d say would be a spoiler. I can say this much: Go see it.

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SING THE BODY ELECTRIC (Theatre Exile): Electricity sparks and glows brightly, then sputters

Is there more still left in the playwright’s head that didn’t make it to the stage?

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The German Society of Pennsylvania presents their final Delius Society Concert

The Wister Quartet and Choral Arts Philadelphia gave their audience a rare chance to hear the Delius Songs of Sunset.

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ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG (Delaware Theatre Company): Channeling Ella Fitzgerald

Freda Payne does some lovely singing in ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG, a biographical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

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A Dilettante at Large goes to Penn Museum

Toby Zinman gives her thoughts on the new Middle East galleries at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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THE WOMEN OF IRELAND (Irish Heritage Theater): Short Irish classics

From modern to historic, tragic to fantastic, THE WOMEN OF IRELAND views the feminine from many angles, creating a fleshed out sculpture of Irish life.

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GRACE & GRANDEUR (Pennsylvania Ballet): Ballet, in different eras

Pennsylvania Ballet’s fifth program of the current season is a historically intriguing.