dilettante at large

Toby Zinman is a dilettante at large in this series of reviews which take on art forms outside her professional comfort zone, theater.

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CANDIDE (Philadelphia Orchestra): A dilettante at large review

A dilettante at large Toby Zinman reviews Candide by Leonard Bernstein.

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Tiffany Townsend as Brenda, Sophia Hunt as Faith in EMPTY THE HOUSE. Credit: William Brown Photography.

A dilettante at large reviews RIDERS TO THE SEA/ EMPTY THE HOUSE (Curtis Opera)

Theater critic extraordinaire Toby Zinman continues her forays into other art forms with a visit to Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theatre to see two one-act operas presented by the Curtis Opera Theatre

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KODO: A dilettante at large enjoys the Japanese drum troup

Toby Zinman feels the Japanese rhythms of KODO drum troupe.

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What A Lark: The dilettante at large has A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with Opera Philly

Visually, musically, and vocally gorgeous, this is a delectable MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

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Barbies Before the Fact: A dilettante at large sees new exhibitions at the PMA

A dilettante at large considers two exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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A dilettante at large considers Philly After Dark at the Athenaeum

A whimsical and educational show combining images of the city by moonlight, gaslight, electric light, fire and lightning.

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A dilettante at large reviews NE QUITTEZ PAS (Opera Philadelphia)

What a complicated evening, filled with gorgeous singing and roiled emotions and puzzling theatrics

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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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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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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A dilettante at large: LEONARD BERNSTEIN: THE POWER OF MUSIC (NMAJH)

If you’re a Leonard Bernstein fan, don’t miss the terrific new exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

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A dilettante at large: A QUIET PLACE (Curtis Institute of Music)

The Curtis Institute of Music and Opera Philadelphia’s stunning production Leonard Bernstein’s opera, A Quiet Place, is one of many worldwide celebrations of his centennial;

The Boy (countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo) in WRITTEN ON SKIN. Photos by Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia.

A dilettante at large: WRITTEN ON SKIN (Opera Philadelphia)

Philadelphia’s premiere drama critic, Toby Zinman knows her theater. Opera, not so much. Here’s her dilettante review of Opera Philadelphia’s WRITTEN ON SKIN.