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‘Miss Saigon’ at the Merriam Theater: Beautiful, but can’t overcome the stereotypes

The Broadway Philadelphia series at the Kimmel continues with one of Broadway's most successful musicals. It is a visual feast, with tremendous staging, lighting, acting, and singing. The question is whether this or any other production of "Miss Saigon" can tell the tale without stereotypes.

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August Wilson explains himself in Arden’s ‘How I Learned What I Learned’

Kesserack Khemnu inhabits the playwright as he talks of growing up urban and African American in a land haunted by its history, and by its longing for poetry and art. This production doesn't give us an artistic bio; it does better than that, giving us a life as lived.
Review

August Wilson explains himself in Arden’s ‘How I Learned What I Learned’

Kesserack Khemnu inhabits the playwright as he talks of growing up urban and African American in a land haunted by its history, and by its longing for poetry and art. This production doesn't give us an artistic bio; it does better than that, giving us a life as lived.

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‘Curious Incident’ at the Walnut Street Theatre: Fine cast, brilliant production

Clever directing choices help illuminate the mind of differently-abled Boone as he solves a murder mystery, then a personal mystery. The ensemble shines, as we fully enter the mind and the life of a very special young man.
Review

‘Curious Incident’ at the Walnut Street Theatre: Fine cast, brilliant production

Clever directing choices help illuminate the mind of differently-abled Boone as he solves a murder mystery, then a personal mystery. The ensemble shines, as we fully enter the mind and the life of a very special young man.

Emanuel Ax is in elite form at Kimmel Center concert with Schumann, hit-or-miss with Chopin

The fourth movement of Schumann’s "Fantasiestucke" showed the pianist in especially magnificent form.

Emanuel Ax is in elite form at Kimmel Center concert with Schumann, hit-or-miss with Chopin

The fourth movement of Schumann’s "Fantasiestucke" showed the pianist in especially magnificent form.
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This Philly play is being picked up Off-Broadway before it even opens here

The local troupe Lightning Rod Special will world-premiere "The Appointment" at FringeArts today then take it to Fourth Street Theatre in New York. We have other theater news, too.

Philadelphia’s Sonia Sanchez will receive a glitzy award at Lincoln Center

Sanchez will receive a Leadership Award from the American Academy of Poets, a new literary prize whose inaugural winners were announced Wednesday.

Temple University has commissioned this famous jazz composer to capture Philly in a song

The new piece by jazz great Vince Mendoza pays homage to Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, and John Coltrane. Temple University music students will perform it Sunday at the Kimmel Center.

Kimmel Center’s ‘Miss Saigon’ is family history for two actors in the cast with Vietnamese roots

Jackie Nguyen and Matthew Overberg are keeping an eye on authenticity for the production.

Visit this hidden Philly gem to see Napoleon’s death mask and his brother Joe’s toiletry kit

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, on Washington Square, has just won an international honor. And while it's globally famous, "there are probably more people out there who know about us than people across the street,” says the site's director.

Isabel Leonard sings Leonard Bernstein, shedding superb new light — and lightness of being

Isabel Leonard and pianist Ted Sperling visited the Kimmel Center Sunday with known and unknown Bernstein vocal music as a kind of coda to the composer's big centennial year.

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Spirited Bristol Riverside Theatre rendition of 'The Sunshine Boys’ shows it’s one of Neil Simon’s best

The author's turn to more serious work later in his career redeemed him in many critical eyes, but his comic plays are still the best, as this zany production makes sparklingly clear.

Broadway Philadelphia bringing in ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘SpongeBob’ next season

No word yet on when single-show tickets to Hamilton will go on sale. Stay tuned.

KYW’s Malcolm Poindexter III is now following in the footsteps of his famous father

The overnight guy now reporting on traffic for the Philadelphia area also happens to have one of the most recognizable names in local broadcast history.

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Ian Rankin and John Rebus return in ‘House of Lies’

The author "retired" his most famous character, dogged Scottish investigator John Rebus, but that has just opened new avenues for storytelling, as Rankin's new novel richly shows.

Philadelphia Orchestra plays Nico Muhly’s slightly mad organ concerto

The piece made its East Coast premiere with guest artist James McVinnie on the keys of the Kimmel Center's Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

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Helen Oyeyemi’s brilliant tweak on the fairy tale in ‘Gingerbread’

The author sows her modern-day stories in the fertile ground of ancient myths and fables. She’s drawn to what’s most unsettling about them: disorienting logic, their blithe cruelty, their subtle encoding of race and gender.

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Esmé Weijun Wang’s ‘Collected Schizophrenias’: How to live with a ‘slippery mind’

In this much-praised essay collection, Wang recounts her experience of different states related to depression and psychosis. They add up to a kind of handbook for how to negotiate points at which the mind and reality cease to be recognizable.

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