5 Staff Picks this February
Here are the music, books and events you won’t want to miss.
Wynnewood’s Rebecca Fox Starr is best known for her honest and sage advice about motherhood in the popular Mommy, Ever After blog. With her new book, Beyond the Baby Blues (Rowman & Littlefield, 154 pages), she expands her reach, offering refreshing insight into her struggles with post-partum depression.
March in step with the Continental Army along the Radnor stretch of what’s now Conestoga Road in The War of the Revolution in Radnor (1777-1778), a recently revised 40-page booklet reprinted by the Radnor Historical Society. Originally written for the nation’s bicentennial by local writer, archivist and genealogist F.J. Dallett, the new edition by Phil Graham further zeroes in on Radnor’s role in the American Revolution.
If you’ve ever underestimated the versatility of the human voice, Gobsmacked! will set you straight. This next-level a cappella show features acclaimed beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of world-class vocalists. The exhilaratingly choreographed mash-up has something for every generation, from street-corner harmonies to multi-track live looping.
Merriam Theater, 250 S Broad St, Philadelphia, www.kimmelcenter.org.
Thru. Feb. 25
Director Terrence J. Nolen lends his deft touch to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, which follows the lives of Norwegian couple Nora and Torvald, whose marriage isn’t as idyllic as it seems. In it’s challenging of gender conformity and stereotypes, the 1879 work is still quite relevant today.
Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, www.ardentheatre.org.
Thru. March 4
Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor features 10 of the figures recovered from a massive Chinese burial complex where thousands of these life-size works of art were discovered by chance in 1974. This much-anticipated exhibit runs at the Franklin Institute through March 4 and also features over 160 artifacts, including weapons, ceremonial vessels, coins and more.
271 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, www.fi.edu.