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Baskerville Walnut Street review

BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY (Walnut Street): Ken Ludwig’s version turns the story on its head

An ancestral manor, a family curse, a fiend: Ken Ludwig’s version turns this Sherlock Holmes story on its head.

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[music review] Mélomanie at Saint Clements with soprano Clara Rottsolk

The eclectic chamber group Mélomanie presented some of their characteristic “provocative pairings of early & contemporary works” in Saint Clement’s Church on Saturday

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LES MISERABLES (National Tour at Academy of Music): A vibrant retelling of the classic Victor Hugo novel

Thirty-two years ago, the other popular Broadway shows were A Chorus Line, Footloose, and Little Shop of Horrors. Unlike these musicals, LES MISERABLES has never really left the public conscience.

Colleen Corcoran and Marisol Custodio in ALL THE DEAD BIDDLES. Photo by Shelli Pentimall Bookler.

ALL THE DEAD BIDDLES (Underbite Theatre Company): Looks at life after death through lens of dark humor

Underbite Theatre Company handles a tough topic wiith searing insight and sensitivity.

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THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS (1812 Productions):

Thom Nickels asks why the same people always get satirized.

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JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (Casabuena Cultural Productions): The classic Christmas ghost story, retold

Tom Mula’s reimagining of the classic Dickens tale is a good fit for this family friendly company. The slightly anachronistic humor gets laughs, and a warm-hearted ending captures the essence…

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George Balanchine’s THE NUTCRACKER (PA BALLET): A spectacle of dancers, magic, and color

Pennsylvania Ballet invites you to a spectacle of dancers, dancing children, dancing toys, snowflakes, candy canes, and beverages, magic, and color.

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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.

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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, November 2017. 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…