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Published: Mon, 15 May 2017 23:35:30 GMT2017-05-15T23:35:30Z


Philharmonic honcha to Curtis grads: “You are the elite of the micro-kingdom of classical music”

Mon, 15 May 2017 23:35:30 GMT2017-05-15T23:35:30Z

“Together we have to forge a more profound and timely connection between our music, the music that we love, and the rest of the world,” said orchestra management leader Deborah Borda.

Drexel exhibit toasts Howard Pyle, father of American illustration

Mon, 15 May 2017 21:29:15 GMT2017-05-15T21:29:15Z

The man known as the father of American illustration made his mark at Drexel. With his students, including the notorious Red Rose Girls, he created the Golden Age of American illustration.

'Witness for the Prosecution at Bristol RIverside: Stylish but staid

Mon, 15 May 2017 21:07:16 GMT2017-05-15T21:07:16Z

Bristol Riverside Theatre has exhumed "Witness for the Prosecution" as the concluding show of its 30th-anniversary season. The question is why. What was once thrilling, even shocking, now seems rather staid and old-fashioned.

Philadelphia Orchestra lands new national radio deal

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:12:21 GMT2017-05-15T14:12:21Z

Chamber Orchestra inspires love and loathing with new "Pictures"

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:42:50 GMT2017-05-15T12:42:50Z

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia finished its season with excellent Beethoven and a new work by its music director Dirk Brosse that listeners either loved or hated.

Hugs, roses, and humor as Amy Aldridge retires from Pennsylvania Ballet

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:44:46 GMT2017-05-15T10:44:46Z

Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Amy Aldridge retired from the stage Sunday after 23 seasons.

Orbiter 3's ‘Peaceable Kingdom’: A wacky mix of satire and sacred music

Mon, 15 May 2017 01:19:32 GMT2017-05-15T01:19:32Z

Mary Tuomanen’s mordant comedy satirizing the founding of America with talking animals.

Buck County's 'Clue: On Stage' will go on North American tour

Sun, 14 May 2017 21:51:07 GMT2017-05-14T21:51:07Z

McCarter's 'Intimate Apparel': Loneliness, touch, and a golden thread

Sun, 14 May 2017 21:24:05 GMT2017-05-14T21:24:05Z

Set in 1905 Manhattan, Lynn Nottage's "Intimate Apparel" is the Pulitzer Prize-winner's tale of people looking for touch in a mad, isolating world. Quincy Tyler Bernstine is epic and soulful as the seamstress Esther.

'Fixed' at Passage Theatre: Friendship vs. mental illness

Sun, 14 May 2017 18:19:04 GMT2017-05-14T18:19:04Z

David Lee White’s "Fixed," at the Passage Theatre in Trenton through May 21, is trying to do something valuable and difficult: To tell of friends with mental illness in their midst. When family and society fail, much often falls to friends, and what can they do?

Pennsylvania Ballet ballet mistress leaps to Indiana University

Sat, 13 May 2017 20:22:10 GMT2017-05-13T20:22:10Z

Kyra Nichols joins the faculty at Indiana University.

Dennis Lehane chats about his female lead in 'Since We Fell'

Fri, 12 May 2017 20:46:01 GMT2017-05-12T20:46:01Z

Pennsylvania Ballet closes its season delightfully, with pillows

Fri, 12 May 2017 20:15:26 GMT2017-05-12T20:15:26Z

The premiere of Matthew Neenan’s “Somnolence” is everything we’d hoped – with the exception of a chance to applaud Amy Aldridge. The longtime principal dancer, who retires after Sunday’s performance, was laid up Thursday with an injury flare-up. She hopes to dance the remaining shows.

Spruce Street Harbor Park opens and 21 things to do in Philly, May 12-14

Fri, 12 May 2017 19:45:14 GMT2017-05-12T19:45:14Z

Campisi's 'Blue on Blue': Good cops and bad, from one who knows

Fri, 12 May 2017 19:38:11 GMT2017-05-12T19:38:11Z

In his 41 years in the New York Police Department, half with the Internal Affairs Bureau (which he led from 1996 to 2014), Charles Campisi has seen it all. Good cops who rush into burning buildings, take down drug dealers, murderers, and rapists, and refuse to accept free coffee from luncheonette owners on their beat. And bad cops who pocket cash during drug busts and shoot unarmed suspects.

'Girl on the Train' author wades 'Into the Water' - but it's all wet

Fri, 12 May 2017 19:36:25 GMT2017-05-12T19:36:25Z

And readers thought Rachel Watson, that girl on the train, was an unreliable narrator.

Take Elizabeth Strout at her word: 'Anything Is Possible'

Fri, 12 May 2017 19:35:43 GMT2017-05-12T19:35:43Z

Good news for readers who relished Elizabeth Strout's novel My Name Is Lucy Barton: Lucy makes several appearances in Strout's new book, Anything Is Possible, both as an adult writer visiting her brother in her hometown, and as the memory of a strange waif from a poor family in the minds of others who grew up there.