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Coverage of the performing arts in Philadelphia.

Published: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:33:07 GMT2018-01-16T15:33:07Z


Philadelphia Antiques Show being handed off from Penn Medicine to the art museum

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:33:07 GMT2018-01-16T15:33:07Z

The art museum could take over full sponsorship of the show by next year.

First-ever Philly Theatre Week coming soon: Tickets on sale today

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:29:02 GMT2018-01-16T13:29:02Z

The new Philly Theatre Week offers 210 performances at three price points - free, $15, and $30 - Feb. 8-18.

People's Light's 'Morning's at Seven' delivers charm and laughs despite much family angst

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:58:07 GMT2018-01-15T20:58:07Z

It elicited audience laughter even if the characters found much to complain about.

Walnut's Street's 'Baskerville': Five great actors having a blast

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:10:16 GMT2018-01-15T20:10:16Z

Seeing "Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" in a small space is a treat. And the best reason to see this entertaining romp, through Feb. 4 at the Walnut Street Independence Studio on 3, is to watch five of Philadelphia's best actors having a blast.

A new principal oboist for the Philadelphia Orchestra? Nathan Hughes emerges as sole finalist

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:17:27 GMT2018-01-14T23:17:27Z

He will play tryout weeks with the Philadelphia Orchestra, but is up for the same job in Chicago.

Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury': Tumultuous, riveting, but trustworthy?

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:37:14 GMT2018-01-14T21:37:14Z

The pages of this book are littered with insults and intrigue, backstabbing and dysfunction. If there is one thing we've learned during the first year of the Trump presidency - something Fire and Fury affirms - it is that in this White House, intrigue is

Ignat Solzhenitsyn returns to town for PCMS recital

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:19:44 GMT2018-01-14T20:19:44Z

The recital at the American Philosophical Society featured just two composers - Shostakovich and Schubert - but said a lot about the pianist and former leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Hedgerow's 'Boogie Woogie Radio Hour': Look back to 1940s radio

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:30:08 GMT2018-01-14T14:30:08Z

"The Boogie Woogie Radio Hour," through Jan. 28 at the Hedgerow Theatre, is a fond look back at 1940s small-town radio stations, their music, and their communities. It features a couple dozen great tunes from the midcentury American songbook, and while there's not much at stake, it's a genial if inexpert two hours' entertainment.

Philadelphia Orchestra Brit fest opens on a wild note (cue the hyenas) with MacMillan's 'Scotch Bestiary'

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:51:55 GMT2018-01-12T22:51:55Z

The first of three programs in the British Isles Festival was an invigorating surprise.

The sex charges against frequent Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Charles Dutoit - and what they mean for classical music

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:51:36 GMT2018-01-12T20:51:36Z

How to deal with Charles Dutoit's legacy has become a thorny question for institutions and a personal one for listeners.

'Biddles' at Plays & Players: Witty, edgy comedy about grief

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:42:42 GMT2018-01-12T18:42:42Z

Witty and immensely original, edgy and provocative, performed by four excellent actors, "All the Dead Biddles" by the Underbite Theatre Company (through Jan. 21 at Plays and Players Theatre) examines grief in all its messy, invasive craziness.

'Woman in the Window': Brilliant tale of love, loss and madness

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:50:30 GMT2018-01-12T17:50:30Z

Even before this novel's publication, movie rights were sold, as well as foreign rights in several countries. It's a beautifully written, brilliantly plotted, richly enjoyable tale of love, loss, and madness.

'War in 140 Characters': The battlefield moves to digital

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:18:47 GMT2018-01-12T16:18:47Z

In the 1990s, I served as an infantryman at an obscure Israeli outpost in southern Lebanon whose claim to fame was a curious incident one Saturday morning in 1994: A Hezbollah team assaulted the hilltop base, surprised the garrison, planted a flag, and ran away.

'When' by Daniel H. Pink: When our timing is right

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:11:58 GMT2018-01-12T16:11:58Z

In an article titled "Timing Is Everything" published 25 years ago, Deborah Ancona, a professor of management at MIT, suggested that although time might well be "the most pervasive aspect of our lives," its role was not well understood.

Leila Slimani's 'Perfect Nanny': Every parent's worst nightmare

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:04:01 GMT2018-01-12T16:04:01Z

The first "hot" novel of 2018, Leila Slimani's international blockbuster The Perfect Nanny, has just been translated into English. Be forewarned: Readers sure to be most curious about it are the ones who would do best avoid it. The last thing working mothers with children need to be reading in their nanoseconds of downtime is this psychological suspense novel about a "perfect" nanny who snaps.

Mary Beard's 'Womenand Power": Find your voice and raise it

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:37:00 GMT2018-01-12T15:37:00Z

Mary Beard, the erudite, energetic, and jolly professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, knows a lot about women's public voices and the obstacles to female power. A celebrity in the U.K., she often appears on radio and TV, publishes best-sellin

Elizabeth Hardwick's 'Essays': A 20th-century star thinks aloud, bright and bold, about literature and social change

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:41:54 GMT2018-01-12T14:41:54Z

Beloved teacher, editor/publisher (cofounder of the New York Review of Books), fiction writer, and literary/cultural critic Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) was among the brightest stars of her era. In her craft, her belief in the importance of what she did, and what she chose to write about, she had much to say, much to teach.

AP: Famed conductor faces 6 new sex claims, including 1 rape

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:18:04 GMT2018-01-12T00:18:04Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Six more women have stepped forward to accuse prominent conductor Charles Dutoit of sexually assaulting them in the United States, France and Canada, including a musician who says the maestro raped her in 1988.

Philadelphia Home Show, Big Philly Beerfest, Passion Pit and more things to do in Philadelphia, Jan. 12-18

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:44:32 GMT2018-01-11T23:44:32Z

What you should be doing in the city from Jan. 12 to 18.

'Les Mis' at the Academy of Music: Magnificent, enthralling, a knockout

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:21:01 GMT2018-01-11T22:21:01Z

The new touring production of "Les Misérables" is magnificent. Not only are the great songs great again, but the production itself is gorgeous, with sets based on Victor Hugo's paintings. Visually, the show is a knockout.