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Friday, May 5, 2023

Theatre Exile presents James Ijames’s Abandon by Alaina Johns

As James Ijames’s Pulitzer-winning and Tony-nominated FAT HAM continues on Broadway, his latest world premiere, Abandon, gets a stand-out cast at Theatre Exile. Alaina Johns reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:15PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret movie joins a modern movement for lifelong sex ed by Alaina Johns

A fairly faithful adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic 1970 novel is hitting theaters. It expands the stories of three generations of women, reminding us that it’s not just tweens who are …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:22PM
Friday, March 24, 2023

The Kimmel Cultural Campus and the Shubert Organization present SIX the Musical by Alaina Johns

The new Tudor sensation is finally in Philly, as the national tour of SIX lands at the Academy of Music. Is it “a women’s show”? And what does that really mean? Alaina Johns reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:54PM
Friday, March 3, 2023

Will Philly’s next mayor fund arts and culture? by Alaina Johns

At this Kimmel Center debate, nine candidates for mayor took questions about how our cultural sector fits into their platform. Alaina Johns was there.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:11PM
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

PTC’s Empathitrax is an unrealistic and irresponsible portrayal of mental illness by Alaina Johns

The regional premiere of Empathitrax, now onstage at Suzanne Roberts, deals in troubling tropes of depression without preparing its audience. Alaina Johns considers.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:06AM
Thursday, December 22, 2022

Why support arts journalism in 2023? by Alaina Johns

One thing we've been hearing a lot this year is that people are fed up with the media. Are we a lost cause? Not if you invest in the professionals in your community.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:36PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

When I faced a cancer diagnosis this year, I had to get honest and get help. by Alaina Johns

When a crisis like cancer hits, it can feel easier to keep it to ourselves. But humans are not meant to cope alone. Vulnerability is where our real strength lies. Alaina Johns shares her exp…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:21PM
Friday, December 9, 2022

The BSR Podcast: Season 7, Episode 2: DABC (don't always be consuming) by Alaina Johns

BSR podcaster Darnelle Radford gets BSR staffers Alaina Johns, Kyle V. Hiller, and Neil Bardhan in the virtual studio to talk book, TV, and podcast recs for your 2023 feed.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:33PM

The BSR Podcast, Season 7, Episode 1: Odd Man Out at Bristol Riverside Theatre by Alaina Johns

BSR podcaster Darnelle Radford interviews producer Carlos Armesto and actor Carmen Borlas about creating an immersive show in at Bristol Riverside Theatre, sans sight.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:13PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

How did Philly's media cover the PMA strike, and why does it matter? by Alaina Johns

Last week, the BSR team chose not to cross the PMA picket line, and did not attend a preview event for Matisse in the 1930s. We were in the minority, but we weren’t alone. Alaina Johns ref…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:08PM
Friday, September 30, 2022

Philly Fringe 2022: Lightning Rod Special presents SPEECH by Alaina Johns

SPEECH, the latest from Lightning Rod Special, features the company's signature stellar ensemble work, skewering our cultural currents. Alaina Johns reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:07AM
Monday, September 12, 2022

Philly Fringe 2022: TheatreXP presents Fresh Ink Shorts by Alaina Johns

A wider range of voices would have benefited this production of new short plays, which marks the Philly debut of TheatreXP, a recent transplant from South Florida. Alaina Johns reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 10:10AM
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

A gastronomic guide to the 2022 Philadelphia Fringe Festival by Alaina Johns

Chances are if we missed being in the theater, we also missed meeting up for a bite. Many artists of this year’s Fringe are bringing us together over food. Alaina Johns rounds up.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:52PM
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

What getting my first tattoo taught me about body acceptance by Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns always admired others’ permanent body art, but she didn’t think she could ever make the jump to get tattooed herself, even though everyone else in the neighborhood is. This …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:48PM
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Lexi Schreiber presents Fitting In: Tales of the Fat Ingénue by Alaina Johns

With her new solo show, Philly performer Lexi Schreiber asks why fat actors have to create and star in their own shows, instead of simply being cast in roles that already exist. Alaina Johns…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:18PM
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

As Pennsylvania moves to ban abortion, fight the rhetoric that threatens our rights by Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns has found that even in pro-choice spaces, the rhetoric around abortion can be hard to separate from the facts. But we all need to sharpen these skills, especially as Pennsylvani…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:56PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Why I joined a Pride march with the church I avoided for almost 20 years by Alaina Johns

As an atheist and a divorced woman who supports gender justice, Alaina Johns definitely doesn’t belong in the church that raised her. But when the church’s more inclusive community membe…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:05PM
Friday, June 17, 2022

Tiny Dynamite presents The Complete Works of Jane Austen, Abridged by Alaina Johns

Tiny Dynamite distills six of the English language’s best-loved novels—and then some—into this fun, fleet, and heartfelt tribute to Jane Austen. Alaina Johns reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:59PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Library Company of Philadelphia presents Hearing Voices: Memoirs from the Margins of Mental Health by Alaina Johns

The latest exhibition at the Library Company plumbs the real-life narratives of 19th-century insane asylums, but these institutions never disappeared—they were only reinvented. Alaina John…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:37PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

A Pulitzer for Philly playwright James Ijames spotlights our arts funding crisis by Alaina Johns

Another year, another attempt to gut city support for the arts in Philly. As one of our own artists wins a Pulitzer, a major budget cut seems like an especially bad plan. Alaina Johns consid…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:13PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

If the end of mask mandates means a win for freedom, who is that freedom for? by Alaina Johns

As new rulings and lawsuits about mask mandates in Philly and throughout the country roll in this week, Alaina Johns notes what mask mandate arguments are really about: debating accessibilit…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:25PM
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

I won’t recover in the dark: People with bipolar deserve to be seen by Alaina Johns

Editor Alaina Johns is taking a few weeks off to focus on treating her bipolar disorder, with the support of the BSR team. Here’s why it’s important to talk about this.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:10PM
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Philadelphia rally speakers warn that the battle for abortion rights is coming to Pennsylvania by Alaina Johns

All eyes are on the Supreme Court this week, taking up cases including one that could overturn the constitutional right to an abortion. What does Philly think about that? Alaina Johns attend…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:03PM
Friday, September 24, 2021

Philly Fringe 2021: Brian Feldman Projects presents txtshow (on the internet) by Alaina Johns

Brian Feldman’s 2021 Fringe entry gathers the audience in a digital space, like many other Covid-era productions, but leaves us with big questions about the nature of the art form. Alaina …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:45PM
Saturday, September 11, 2021

Philly Fringe 2021: inFLUX Theatre Collective presents The Choice by Alaina Johns

Should you have kids? Is that a personal decision? In The Choice, inFLUX Theatre Collective’s 2021 Fringe offering, three women theater artists navigate questions of pregnancy, and ask who…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:19PM
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

After a summer of solo adventures, I learned how good going it alone can be by Alaina Johns

In a world that expects everyone to travel in pairs, going out alone is a refreshing and important way to reframe your relationship to yourself—and others. Alaina Johns wanders.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:25PM

After a summer of solo adventures, I learned how good it can be to go it alone by Alaina Johns

In a world that expects everyone to travel in pairs, going out alone is a refreshing and important way to reframe your relationship to yourself—and others. Alaina Johns wanders.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:25PM
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

As artists continue to rally against the Walnut, it’s time to ask: who is “America’s Oldest Theatre”? by Alaina Johns

Most coverage of protests against the Walnut Street Theatre ignores a key fact: the building may be historic, but the theater company there started in the 1980s. Alaina Johns thinks that mat…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:13PM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

What I learned about leadership as a Walnut Street Theatre apprentice by Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns is one of many Philadelphia professionals who got their start in the Walnut Street Theatre’s apprenticeship program, and the experience still influences her today.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:55PM
Monday, June 14, 2021

The Walnut says cease and desist, but Philly theater artists keep speaking up by Alaina Johns

After questioning the Walnut Street Theatre on Facebook, Philly performing artist Jenna Pinchbeck received a cease and desist letter on behalf of the Walnut and its artistic director, Bernar…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:17PM
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

BSR is resuming in-person and indoor coverage: what you need to know by Alaina Johns

Last summer, BSR committed to keeping our coverage all-digital or all-outdoors until we saw a significant reduction in Covid-19 risk. Now we’re ready for an update. Alaina Johns explains.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:29PM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards