Horizon Theater’s ‘The Color Purple’: Original, fiery update to the classic musical

Horizon opens its rendition of the 1982 novel by Alice Walker that tells the story of Celie, a young black woman, and her journey to self-discovery in the deep corners of the American south.

‘Heir Apparent’ at the Lantern: Long, but full of brilliant language and humor

David Ives' adaptation of Regnard's 18th-century French Farce is too long, but it is full of Ives' flair for language, along with handsome costumes and plenty of humor.

‘Heir Apparent’ at the Lantern: Long, but full of brilliant language and humor

David Ives' adaptation of Regnard's 18th-century French Farce is too long, but it is full of Ives' flair for language, along with handsome costumes and plenty of humor.

Philly’s ‘Immigrant Alphabet’ finds a new home at Cherry Street Pier

The art installation also has more-mobile format: a book.

Philly’s ‘Immigrant Alphabet’ finds a new home at Cherry Street Pier

The art installation also has more-mobile format: a book.
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‘Matilda’ at Walnut Street Theatre: High-energy, high-spirited comedy, with some hitches

Roald Dahl is all over the place, thanks to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at the Academy of Music and now "Matilda," the music of the Dahl story, at the Walnut. This is a good-looking, spirited production that, while sometimes convoluted, invokes the candy-colored imaginative world of children.

Robert Redford’s original ‘Barefoot in the Park’ co-star is back at Bucks County Playhouse

Mike Nichols directed Redford and Elizabeth Ashley in New Hope when all of them were young. She's back for Paul Rudnick's "I Hate Hamlet."

Suzanne Bocanegra at Fabric Workshop: Farm life, nuns, and a riveting take on Judy Garland

Her "Poorly Watched Girls" exhibit fills the museum. The Garland piece, upstairs, is the star.

Philadelphia’s ballroom scene makes a comeback with a monthly night at Woody’s

"There really wasn't a frequently occurring vogue night here in the city and there hasn't been for quite some time now."

Cuban triplet dancers are set to leap onto Philadelphia’s ballet scene … and then the world’s

For Angel, César, and Marcos Ramirez, joining the Cuban National Ballet was their plan B. Philadelphia's Rock School was plan A.

‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Prince*: The ‘crossover’ opera for newbies

* The venue formerly known as the Prince is now officially the Philadelphia Film Center.

Honoring a printmaker who fled Lithuania and had a profound influence on black artists in Philly

Romas Viesulas inspired and encouraged talented students at Temple's Tyler School, including the founder of the Brandywine Workshop.

Seaport Museum ties its fortunes to the river outside in $5 million makeover opening Black Friday

The high-tech permanent exhibit 'River Alive!" is slated to open the day after Thanksgiving.

Broadway Beat: Walter White, Orphan Black, holiday shows, and more for Philly fans to know

Young choir singers from Philly and South Jersey are part of the holiday family musical 'The Little Dancer'

‘I Hate Hamlet’ at Bucks County Playhouse: Actor and audience, haunted by laughter

The central figure, a struggling actor, hates a play a lot of people hate, so he stands for a lot of us. What he gets that we don't get is a Shakespeare seminar from the ghost of John Barrymore.

Academy of Natural Sciences curator of presidents’ hair will exhume the odd lot Wednesday

Curator Robert McCracken Peck has a new book out: "Specimens of Hair: The Curious Collection of Peter A. Browne"

‘There’s going to be loss’: A new guide to the hard work of becoming trans inclusive

"We're certainly not positing ourselves as the experts. This is an ongoing process."

Alexander Hamilton’s fifth great-grandson, Doug, says the duel ‘was just idiotic’

Doug Hamilton is in Philadelphia to lend some family heirlooms to the Museum of the American Revolution. Two go on display Tuesday.

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