John Timpane is the books/fine arts editor/writer for the Inquirer. His beat includes books, social media, dance, theater, art, museums, and classical music. From 1997 to 2008 he was the Commentary page editor.
This little collection of images doesn't try to do too much, but it suggests a history of photography, and of kiss photos. It stresses the sweet side of kisses, the side the camera likes most. You wonder about the story between the kissers -- and the person holding the camera.
It's an epic, entertaining three-woman gang-tackle of Anton Chekhov's maddening masterpiece, unleashing the powers of dance, cabaret, and creative nonsense to ask fun questions of the play, maleness, and especially, sisters with nothing to do.
Many kids learn about sex at home, or in school, or in religion class, or in gym class. Wherever adults try to teach sex ed, it's hilarious. And Tribe of Fools exploits the built-in hilarity to explore our vulnerabilities and excellences as real-life clowns.