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Four months into the pandemic, here’s an update from editor Alaina Johns about BSR’s approach to a reopening Philadelphia.
Arts journalists in the pandemic—just like all of us, really—are doing a job we never thought we’d have to do. Can we handle our new responsibilities? Alaina Johns considers.
Last week, the Wilma made a splash with plans for a post-COVID stage, but the local community raised concerns about safety and accessibility. Alaina Johns asks if the pandemic can drive new …
Alaina Johns knows what it’s like to live with chronic illness, and how it can make you feel like you have nothing left over when others need you. Can we reframe this experience to promote…
What was so bad about camping, anyway? After two and a half months of stay-at-home in South Philly, Alaina Johns tries to remember.
Our #FlattenTheCurve quarantine was hard enough when solidarity abounded and we stayed home together. But how does it feel when others decide to start venturing out? Alaina Johns is anxious.
Last week Mayor Jim Kenney released a proposed 2021 budget, revised for life during and after the pandemic. It would eliminate the city’s arts office.
Some people are exclaiming about the benefits of canceled meetings—but if that means even more emails than before, Alaina Johns isn’t ready.
Everywhere you look, there are inspirational tips for life in quarantine, and hopes that we’ll emerge from this better than we were. But there are few things Alaina Johns wishes more peopl…
When forming a household, whether it’s you and your pets and plants, a partner and kids, or roommates, nobody (including Alaina Johns) thought about what we’d do if we had to stay home t…
As of March 10, 2020, Philly is watching cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the surrounding counties and wondering if and when it’ll hit our city. Meanwhile, racism against Asian people rises …
The arts calendar used to confine its self-producing frenzy to the Fringe—but now independent artists, and their questionable PR practices, are a year-round event. Alaina Johns has tips to…
“I would love to pick your brain!” Yes, I’ve heard it before, many times, and you probably have, too. But what happens when we talk about the price, and why is this especially tough gr…
The weather is dreary, the parties are done, and your social-media feeds are full of people fixated on dieting for the new year. How will you get through? Alaina Johns shares her tips.
Is the BSR team going to take their chance in 2020 to stop being so easily offended? Finally, an answer.
A venerable alt-weekly announces a new direction in painfully offensive terms. Philadelphia deserves better. Alaina Johns considers.
Ah yes! Darkness, freezing weather; the long, dreary tunnel of winter looming after the holidays—and the cold I just caught. Alaina Johns whines.
Theatre Exile’s production of Martín Zimmerman’s ‘On the Exhale’ tackles tragically familiar ground in America with an unexpected narrative. Alaina Johns reviews.
Do you remember a time in your life when the decisions really started? Do they come quickly? How do you handle it when it’s time to make a choice? Alaina Johns considers.
Especially after years of being partnered, the holiday season can pose extra challenges for single folks. Alaina Johns has some advice.
It’s no surprise that a museum from the American Bible Society will recast US history as an exclusively Bible-based story. But we should look twice at the welcome for Independence Mall’s…
When we think about accessibility on the arts scene, are we forgetting something? Maybe we worry about bringing up bathrooms, but Alaina Johns thinks it’d be rude not to talk about it.
“What’s so funny? It’s perhaps the central question of comedy.” So opens ‘A Hard Time’ at FringeArts, and a superlative trio of women take it from there. Alaina Johns reviews.
A pair of grown-up preachers’ kids confront their faith on the night shift in this world premiere from 1812. Alaina Johns reviews.
First, there was a letter. Then, the Philly theater community caught fire on social media, with unintended effects for everyone. Now, the original authors have met with Philadelphia Theatre …
Here’s your shocker of the century—the editor-in-chief of BSR was never one of the cool kids. What does that mean for our mission? Alaina Johns considers.
Alice Yorke and the artists of Lightning Rod Special tackle abortion with ‘The Appointment,’ their latest premiere at FringeArts. Alaina Johns reviews.
‘Rent’ is still a show completely of its era, and there are no surprises onstage more than 20 years later—still, it’s oddly prescient. Alaina Johns considers.
The Philly premiere of ‘An Oak Tree’ also christens Theatre Exile’s new space in South Philly. Alaina Johns reviews.
With its new adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ the Wilma Theater promises to reimagine Shakespeare as something leaner, hipper, and more modern than ever before. Alaina Johns reviews.