John Timpane is a freelance theater and fine arts reporter for the Inquirer.

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Wilma Theater’s lacerating ‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’ has been extended for an additional week online. Our review.

Blanka Zizka directs Will Arbery's Pulitzer Finalist play, rehearsed and filmed in the Poconos in a quarantine bubble.

Inga Saffron’s new book, ‘Becoming Philadelphia,’ collects her columns into a story of our city, renewing itself

"Becoming Philadelphia: How an Old American City Made Itself New Again" has a cast of characters you'll recognize and the liveliness of good column writing.

‘Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale’ at the Wilma is too good to miss, so hurry | Review

It’s 70 minutes of passion, joy, tasty dance battles, slam-style spoken-word — and a complex look at gentrification.

‘Hello, Dolly!’ at the Academy of Music is a crowd-pleaser, and then some

Almost all of the creative team from the original Broadway show is involved. And the national tour's Dolly, Carolee Carmello, is a true force of nature.


‘Wilmington’s Lie’: This little-known 1898 coup in North Carolina had an ugly legacy | Book review

In the last years of the 19th century, a network of white extremists plotted, organized, and executed a plan to take over the state of North Carolina. They started in Wilmington.


‘Mean Girls’ at the Academy of Music is as smart and delightful as Upper Darby’s own Tina Fey

Fey's musical is packed with great songs, sung by an impressive cast. The scenic design is breathtaking.

‘Sunset Baby’ at Azuka: A talent trove of acting in Dominique Morisseau’s small gem

The Tony-winning playwright braids together her two great themes: love and revolution.

Steely Dan still beautiful, fresh and filthy at the Met Philly

Wednesday, before a packed house, they did the masterpiece album Aja plus other hits. After a break Thursday, they’ll do Gaucho plus hits on Friday night (some tickets left), and on Saturday (sold out), it’s all hits.


How Twitter added cred to Milton’s Shakespeare annotations | Opinion

An example of social media at their best: crowd-sourcing knowledge, pooling evidence, linking minds across the world, verifying.

The fall book tour circuit brings Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Bill Bryson, Booker T. Jones to Philadelphia. Jon Dorenbos gives an author talk, too.

Plus: Tom Perrotta, a marathon reading of 'Moby-Dick,' and the stories of South Philly's Palizzi Social Club.