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Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Wilma presents Aleshea Harris’s ‘Is God Is,’ reimagined radio-style by Cameron Kelsall

The Wilma salvages its scrapped production of Aleshea Harris’s ‘Is God Is’ as a streaming audio production. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

The Wilma presents ‘Code Blue,’ a digital performance open to all by Cameron Kelsall

With ‘Code Blue,’ the Wilma Theater engages a national dialogue and offers a possible step forward for filmed theatrical performances amid the ongoing shutdown. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Hulu presents ‘Love, Victor’ by Cameron Kelsall

Like its predecessor ‘Love, Simon,’ the Hulu series ‘Love, Victor’ moves the conversation about LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream media forward. But some voices still aren’t part…

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Opera Philadelphia goes online with five major streams for Digital Festival O by Cameron Kelsall

With its spring season canceled and its return date uncertain, Opera Philadelphia moves to make five recent productions available for streaming. Cameron Kelsall considers.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

People’s Light joins the digital life of American theater with Jeanne Sakata’s ‘Hold These Truths’ by Cameron Kelsall

As many theater companies throughout the country begin offering streaming content to offset closures, People’s Light releases a filmed version of Jeanne Sakata’s ‘Hold These Truths,’…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a live-stream of Beethoven’s 5th and 6th by Cameron Kelsall

The COVID-19 pandemic and Mayor Kenney’s prohibition of large gatherings forced the Philadelphia Orchestra to live-stream a Beethoven concert from an empty Verizon Hall. Cameron Kelsall re…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

George Street Playhouse presents Joe DiPietro’s CONSCIENCE: A sense of decency in politics by Cameron Kelsall

In times of political turmoil, we seek comfort in examples of righteousness. That explains CONSCIENCE, a snappy slice of history receiving its world premiere at George Street Playhouse. Play…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

George Street Playhouse presents Joe DiPietro’s ‘Conscience’ by Cameron Kelsall

The dubious legacy of Senator Joe McCarthy is well known. ‘Conscience,’ at George Street Playhouse, explores his early adversary Margaret Chase Smith, who sounded an alarm well before hi…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Theatre Horizon presents Mat Smart’s ‘The Agitators’ by Cameron Kelsall

‘The Agitators’ at Theatre Horizon dramatizes the decades-long friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Irish Heritage Theatre presents Sebastian Barry’s ‘The Steward of Christendom’ by Cameron Kelsall

‘The Steward of Christendom’ chronicles the Lear-like fall of the final Dublin police chief under home rule. Irish Heritage Theatre’s inconsistent production shows his pitiful demise, …

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The Philadelphia Orchestra presents organist Paul Jacobs by Cameron Kelsall

Organ virtuoso Paul Jacobs returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra with Michael Daugherty’s ‘Once Upon a Castle,’ an exhilarating symphonie concertante written especially for him. Camer…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

The Academy of Vocal Arts presents Donizetti’s ‘La Favorite’ by Cameron Kelsall

The Academy of Vocal Arts offers a production of Donizetti’s ‘La Favorite,’ in its original French version, where the worthwhile elements outweigh the questionable ones. Cameron Kelsal…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Delaware Theatre Company presents John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Outside Mullingar’ by Cameron Kelsall

‘Outside Mullingar,’ an Irish romance by John Patrick Shanley, receives a sweet-natured staging at Delaware Theatre Company. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Curio Theatre Company presents Amy Conroy’s ‘I Heart Alice Heart I’ by Cameron Kelsall

Curio Theatre Company’s ‘I Heart Alice Heart I’ explores a decades-long partnership with humor and tenderness. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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EgoPo Classic Theater presents Sam Shepard’s ‘Fool for Love’ by Cameron Kelsall

EgoPo Classic Theater’s production of ‘Fool For Love’ lacks the charged current that pulls the doomed central couple together, even as it guarantees their mutual destruction. Cameron K…

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Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium presents Eugène Ionesco’s ‘The Bald Soprano’ by Cameron Kelsall

Once again, the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium explores meaning, truth, language, and absurdity in ‘The Bald Soprano’. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ by Cameron Kelsall

The acclaimed classical troupe Bedlam brings a streamlined and confounding adaptation of ‘King Lear’ to Bristol Riverside Theatre. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Opera Philadelphia presents Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ by Cameron Kelsall

Verdi’s operatic ‘Requiem’ gets top-drawer treatment from the orchestra, chorus, and soloists of Opera Philadelphia. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Daniil Trifonov by Cameron Kelsall

Piano superstar Daniil Trifonov offered revelatory readings of two Beethoven concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra, played alongside underheard works by two women composers. Cameron Kels…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

George Street Playhouse presents Chris Bohjalian’s ‘Midwives’ by Cameron Kelsall

‘Midwives,’ an adaptation of Chris Bohjalian’s best-selling novel, gets a rocky birth onstage at George Street Playhouse. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Arden Theatre Company presents Lorene Cary’s ‘My General Tubman’ by Cameron Kelsall

‘My General Tubman,’ a skillful playwriting debut at the Arden from Philadelphia author Lorene Cary, binds the legacy of Harriet Tubman to the current moment in history. Cameron Kelsall …

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Two River Theater presents Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ by Cameron Kelsall

Two River Theater’s production of ‘Twelfth Night’ is visually appealing but tonally unbalanced. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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McCarter Theatre Center presents Rachel Bonds’s ‘Goodnight Nobody’ by Cameron Kelsall

‘Goodnight Nobody,’ a promising and well-produced world premiere at McCarter Theatre Center, still needs to figure out what kind of play it wants to be. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Philly Pops present ‘Hamlisch: With Love’ by Cameron Kelsall

The Philly Pops paid loving tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, in an evening that highlighted his strengths and weaknesses as a composer. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Metropolitan Opera presents Alban Berg’s ‘Wozzeck’ by Cameron Kelsall

The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Alban Berg’s ‘Wozzeck’ too often favors visual flourish over storytelling, but music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a revelatory rea…

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents the Gamut Bach Ensemble by Cameron Kelsall

An evening of cantatas, presented by Gamut Bach Ensemble and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, put critic Cameron Kelsall in a Christmas mood.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Princeton University Concerts present Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s ‘Winterreise’ by Cameron Kelsall

A confounding narrative framework derails Joyce DiDonato’s ‘Winterreise’ at Princeton University. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Simpatico Theatre presents Lauren Gunderson’s ‘Natural Shocks’ by Cameron Kelsall

Simpatico Theatre’s production of ‘Natural Shocks,’ a slim but effective play by Lauren Gunderson, benefits from a brilliant performance by Amanda Schoonover. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

REVIEW: At George Street Playhouse, Renée Taylor Diets and Dishes by Cameron Kelsall

Renée Taylor knows her way around a joke. Now 86, the Bronx-born comedienne has spent the better part of seven decades making the public laugh as a writer, actress and personality.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Curtis Opera Theatre presents ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ by Cameron Kelsall

A high musical standard made up for dramaturgical cloudiness in Curtis Opera Theatre’s ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Arden Theatre Company presents Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s ‘An Iliad’ by Cameron Kelsall

‘An Iliad,’ a didactic refashioning of Homer’s epic poem, receives a flat staging at the Arden’s Horan Studio Theatre. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

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