Arts & Culture Guide
Hot tickets for the fall season. PLUS: Our thriving pottery scene, two unlikely documentary filmmakers and more.
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Thru Sept. 12: Hedgerow Theatre’s annual tradition of performing a Ray Cooney farce continues with Chase Me, Comrade! This story of a Russian ballet dancer/defector who moves to the same British city as a top ministry of defense official offers fast-paced comedic confusion. 64 Rose Valley Road, Media; (610) 565-4211, hedgerowtheatre.org.
Thru Nov. 21: Sweet-smelling plants and flowers used to create a world of perfumes take root at Longwood Gardens in Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance. Visitors might even discover new scents at make-your-own-fragrance stations. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square; (610) 388-5200, longwoodgardens.org.
Thru December: Eakins on Paper: Drawings and Watercolors from the Collection exhibits 10 of Thomas Eakins’ rarely seen figure drawings—crafted while he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts—and watercolors in Gallery 118. His newly restored masterpiece, The Gross Clinic, can be found in all its gory glory in the Perelman Building at Fairmount and Pennsylvania avenues. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia; (215) 235-7469, philamuseum.org.
Sept. 3-18: The 14th annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe promises intrepid, inventive and liberated performing arts—not to mention all of the thoughtful conversation that typically ensues. It’s the history of dance in the making. Various locations, (215) 413-1318, livearts-fringe.org.
Sept. 10-12: Choreographed by minimalist Lucinda Childs, Dance reflects the union of movement and art—almost literally. As a 1979 black-and-white film of dancers plays on a stage-wide scrim, 10 new contemporary performers move in time with the film’s footage. Kimmel Center, Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia; (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org.
Sept. 11-Nov. 18: It’s all an illusion in Reality Check: Contemporary American Trompe l’Oeil Painting, a collection of 20 artists’ visually tricky works at the Brandywine River Museum. Route 1, Chadds Ford; (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org.
Sept. 12-15: The Visual and Performing Arts Festival at West Chester University College of Visual and Performing Arts showcases art, theater and dance presentations, along with musical works by influential living and legendary composers. Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, West Chester University, West Chester; (610) 436-2266, wcupa.edu/cvpa.
Sept. 12-Oct. 16: Drama takes flight as People’s Light and Theatre Company puts on the amusingly mischievous classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern; (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org.
Sept. 21-Oct. 3: The inheritance of a famous house designed by two talented architects drives Villanova Theatre’s latest play, Three Days of Rain, in which the men’s children are left to sort out a will and a mysterious diary. Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova; (610) 519-7474, theatre.villanova.edu.
Sept. 23-Oct. 31: It’s football season. Fired up? So is The Philly Fan. In this one-man play, Barrymore Award-winner Tom McCarthy lets off steam about Philly’s all-too-shaky sports history. Kimmel Center, Innovation Studio, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia; (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org.
Sept. 24-Jan. 10, 2011: Before its national tour, Art of the American Soldier debuts at the National Constitution Center in a profound assortment of 250-plus artworks created by American soldiers since World War I. A special online gallery features veterans’ artistic reflections of their service. Independence Mall, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia; (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1: Main Line Art Center’s all-mediums gallery show, More Than Just A One Night Stand, spotlights artists ages 21-36. Sept. 30’s special House Party Fundraiser features live music, beer, food, demos and make-it-take-its from 7 to 10 p.m. 746 Panmure Road, Haverford; (610) 525-0272, mainlineart.org.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1: Media Theatre explores the dangerous relationship of good and evil on the streets of London in Jekyll & Hyde. 104 E. State St., Media; (610) 891-0100, mediatheatre.org.