The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
Fri., Nov. 9, Pennsylvania Convention Center
Overall vibe: Craft overload. Now in its 36th year, the premiere annual American contemporary craft exhibition and sale was a never-ending maze of tents showcasing a plethora of unique creations—from glass, jewelry and furniture to wood, leather and metal.
Most memorable moment: When parents tried to pry their kids away from Jeffrey Zachmann’s super-cool kinetic sculptures. Even adults couldn’t help but be captivated by them.
Scene stealer: Featuring 195 craft artists from across the globe, it was really just a matter of personal preference. (N.F.)
The True Story, or Vicious and Multiple and Untrue After All
Fri., Nov. 9, Christ Church Neighborhood House. firstpersonarts.org
Overall vibe: $5 beers poured out of kegs into plastic red cups charged the lobby of Christ Church Neighborhood House with the disarming pheromones of a frat house porch. The production is performed on a floor resembling a high school basketball court, the perfect setting for Amelia Longo’s tangled story of first love.
Most memorable moment: After Ilse Zoerb declares, “He brings Advil, water and reassurances, and this somehow leads to his confessing his love for me,” this seven-woman cast audibly inhales a collective breath, seven appendages of the same body amplifying Longo’s story like an ancient Greek chorus.
Scene stealer: Sara Madden speaks with the conviction of the classically doomed heroine Madea, so much so that when she says, “I first started writing this,” you believe—before referring to the playbill in your lap—that she wrote this show. (Jessica Foley)