The curious interplay between photographer and subject, light and shadow is evident in “Bruce Cratsley: Shifting Identities,” an eye-opening exhibit of more than 30 black-and-white photographs by a noteworthy gay artist currently on display in the List Gallery at Swarthmore College.

Few young gay playwrights have as wide of a following in Philadelphia as Haygen Brice Walker, a bright, talented and fearlessly honest writer. Together with Elaina Di Monaco, the much sought-after director, he cofounded both a writers’ group and emerging-artist collective Reject Theatre Project, was the only playwright who had one of his plays accepted at the recent Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival and is attracting a growing number of theatergoers who value his honesty about life, and queer life in particular.

There’s a clever motif used throughout the cool and darkly comic Norwegian thriller “In Order of Disappearance,” opening Sept. 9 at Ritz Theatres. Whenever a character snuffs it, his name is flashed on the screen with the appropriate religious symbol. Several of the departed are wrapped in chicken wire and hurled over a waterfall by Nils (Stellan Skarsgård), a snow-plow operator who is hell-bent on avenging his son Ingvar’s (Aron Eskeland) wrongful death.

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