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H.F. ‘Gerry’ Lenfest remembered at Academy of Music celebration

The civic leader and philanthropist, who died Aug. 5, was remembered at a celebration that drew dignitaries from the region and beyond.

Those odd billboards on I-95 at Academy Road are part of a huge national art project

Billboards designed to spark civic engagement before the elections have appeared in all 50 states.

Those odd billboards on I-95 at Academy Road are part of a huge national art project

Billboards designed to spark civic engagement before the elections have appeared in all 50 states.

‘All My Sons’ at Curio: Keeping secrets, when the neighbors already know

Curio Theatre Company kicks off its season with an updated version of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons," which deals with the consequences of lies and corruption in a suburban neighborhood.

‘All My Sons’ at Curio: Keeping secrets, when the neighbors already know

Curio Theatre Company kicks off its season with an updated version of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons," which deals with the consequences of lies and corruption in a suburban neighborhood.

Jesmyn Ward’s ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ a tale of history, violence, and identity, is the featured selection for 2018-19 One Book, One Philadelphia program

It's a bold choice, a decidedly adult book, encompassing drug abuse, violence and death, the prison-industrial complex, and broken familial relationships.

Jesmyn Ward’s ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ a tale of history, violence, and identity, is the featured selection for 2018-19 One Book, One Philadelphia program

It's a bold choice, a decidedly adult book, encompassing drug abuse, violence and death, the prison-industrial complex, and broken familial relationships.
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‘Ambitious’ set design leads to Curio’s ‘All My Sons’

A "very ambitious" set design has audience members walk through the homes of the families in Arthur Miller's classic play. Actor Paul Kuhn says it's a good play for right now, when so many people are acting as if they are "above consequences."

‘Every Brilliant Thing’ returns to Arden, with a handshake

The Arden is bringing "Every Brilliant Thing," which sold out its extended run last fall, back this fall. Director Terrence J. Nolen and star Scott Greer talk about what makes the play work: its personal, democratic approach, making the audience the supporting cast.

Tovah Feldshuh to perform ‘Dancing with Giants’ at Congregation Rodeph Shalom

The actress and singer delights in the gender-bent role of Joe "Yussel the Muscle" Jacobs, the real-life manager of German boxer Joe Schmeling, who became a close friend of his onetime opponent, Joe Louis, and an enemy of Joseph Goebbels, publicity man for Hitler.

‘Detroit ’67’ at McCarter: Disappointing production of Dominique Morisseau’s study of riot-torn city

A brother and sister run after-hours parties in a neighborhood of Detroit as the riots near that will tear the city apart. Morisseau is one of the country's most sought-after playwrights; this is her breakout play. Alas, the production ends up being tame and predictable.

Historical Commission ponders archaeological potential and decides there’s nothing it can do in Society Hill

A small parking lot draws the commission into a large debate over what defining characteristics of a historic district require action.

Pennsylvania Ballet in a new (to us) Romeo & Juliet

"I ne'er saw true beauty till this night," Romeo said after meeting Juliet in Shakespeare's play. And indeed, those star-crossed lovers stunned Thursday night, when Pennsylvania Ballet opened its 55th season at the Academy of Music with the company premiere of Kenneth MacMillan's "Romeo & Juliet."

John Kerry’s ‘Every Day Is Extra’: Skimming the surface, with lack of insight

The former senator, secretary of state, and presidential candidate is often interesting in this autobiography, but he avoids the deeper questions about his upbringing and the state of politics today — with the exception of his service in Vietnam, where he writes vividly and with outrage at his detractors.

‘Big Game’ by Mark Leibovich: Scathing hit on football by a lifelong fan

The author, the chief national correspondent of the New York Times Magazine and an ardent fan of American football, takes aim at the exhaustion and self-absorption so evident throughout the sport, and wonders how much time is on the clock for this enormous entertainment industry.

UArts attracts $79 million for a maker space, rehearsal halls, a recording studio … and there’s a big dorm coming, too

A $25 million bequest from the late Campbell Soup heiress "Dodo" Hamilton kicked off the school's first-ever comprehensive campaign. "Drastic" change is afoot.

At Philadelphia Museum of Art show 'Fabulous Fashion,' there is a party on every dais

"Fabulous Fashion" is about the joy and frivolity in fashion. Nothing is restrained. And everything belongs.

Philly playwright James Ijames wins $25,000 Kesselring Prize

The Villanova assistant prof in theater and very accomplished playwright just won the Kesselring Prize from the National Arts Club in New York for his play Kill Move Paradise, which played last month at the Wilma Theatre.
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