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Updated, diverse rethinking of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Wilma Theater

Bravely experimental theater brings the star-crossed lovers into this millennium, complete with disco ball, hip-hop, rock band, and a shimmering play of walls and curtains with a trenchant message for right now.

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‘Oleanna’ at Independence Studio on 3: Mamet’s somewhat outmoded play, still with moments of power

Our national conversation about male-female power relations -- and their abuses -- have moved on from 1992, when this play debuted. Yet, thanks to good performances and strong staging, this production has a few almost redemptive moments of connection and power.
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‘Oleanna’ at Independence Studio on 3: Mamet’s somewhat outmoded play, still with moments of power

Our national conversation about male-female power relations -- and their abuses -- have moved on from 1992, when this play debuted. Yet, thanks to good performances and strong staging, this production has a few almost redemptive moments of connection and power.

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Hamish McKenzie’s ‘Insane Mode’: The mercurial brilliance of Elon Musk in a turbulent industry

Elon Musk has certainly not been immune to missteps, McKenzie writes, but his ambition and vision are heartening in an auto industry searching for identity and soul.
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Hamish McKenzie’s ‘Insane Mode’: The mercurial brilliance of Elon Musk in a turbulent industry

Elon Musk has certainly not been immune to missteps, McKenzie writes, but his ambition and vision are heartening in an auto industry searching for identity and soul.

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‘American Dialogue’: The Founders converse about our big issues

What if our Founders could sit around and discuss our contemporary issues? What would they say about race, immigration, political division? The author delves into their writings and creates from their words provocative, enlightening "conversations" that span the centuries.
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‘American Dialogue’: The Founders converse about our big issues

What if our Founders could sit around and discuss our contemporary issues? What would they say about race, immigration, political division? The author delves into their writings and creates from their words provocative, enlightening "conversations" that span the centuries.
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Dani Shapiro’s ‘Inheritance’: Searching for genetic roots — and untangling the answers

She thought she knew who she was. Then she casually spit into a vial for a DNA test — leading to an emotionally fraught journey of self-discovery, in which she relearns personal and family history.

Mark Thomas Gibson at UArts and other must-see shows in Philly galleries now

Diane Burko has a stirring eco-show at North Broad Street's Rodeph Shalom. Larry Francis' winning Philly streetscapes are at Gross McCleaf.

Helen Mirren, a ‘disaster’ on piano, will bring other talents to Academy of Music gala

Helen Mirren will host the 2019 Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball. We talked to her about her under-the radar Lee Daniels movie, set in Philly, and about her very personal connection to classical music.

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‘Betrayal’ at the Lantern: A subtle, powerful rendition of Harold Pinter’s delicious, sinister love triangle

Not every move is right -- there's an intermission that hampers the momentum of this delicate masterpiece -- but the Lantern gets Pinter's accessible masterpiece right, with delicacy, tension, attention to detail, and above all the charged, freighted silence that is the heart of this play.

Metropolitan Opera audiences continue their love fest with Yannick at ‘Pelleas’ opening

The Debussy opera is still a head-scratcher, and there were more than the usual walkouts.But that was about the source material, not the maestro.

Philadelphia Orchestra will play an on-field gig at NovaCare — and, separately, with Ben Folds

The NovaCare concert is sensory-friendly, and free. The Folds appearance is a fund-raiser for orchestra education programs.

Huge Art Museum sculptures now being unveiled atop the Rocky steps

British sculptor Antony Gormley's installation will remain until mid-June.

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‘Maestro’ at the Duke: A musical life of Toscanini, without much life

For a flamboyant, celebrated life like Arturo Toscanini's, you'd expect drama of great emotions and sweeping historical evocation. Alas, the actual play is just a baffling mess.

Three local productions of Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters’ are being staged — almost simultaneously

Purely by coincidence, Curio, EgoPo, and Hedgerow are all mounting versions and adaptations of the same play.

Broadway icon Carol Channing’s long love affair with Philly, the town that gave her her start

Over almost five decades, Channing returned and returned to a city she remembered fondly for its enthusiastic, supportive, "WONderful" audiences.

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‘Choir Boy’ at Manhattan Theatre Club: Joyful dance, and revelation in a man’s world

Joyful singing and dancing punctuate this coming-of-age drama set in an African American boys' school. It delivers a powerful and valuable lesson about understand lives that are not our own.

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