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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

FringeArts presents Jess Conda, Jenn Kidwell, and Mel Krodman’s ‘A Hard Time’ by Alaina Johns

“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.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

1812 Productions presents Jennifer Childs and Sean Close’s ‘The God Project’ by Alaina Johns

A pair of grown-up preachers’ kids confront their faith on the night shift in this world premiere from 1812. Alaina Johns reviews.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

A statement from Philadelphia Theatre Company and the authors of an open letter by Alaina Johns

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 …

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A nerd finally speaks: Why am I like this? by Alaina Johns

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.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

FringeArts presents Lightning Rod Special’s ‘The Appointment’ by Alaina Johns

Alice Yorke and the artists of Lightning Rod Special tackle abortion with ‘The Appointment,’ their latest premiere at FringeArts. Alaina Johns reviews.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

20 years later: Broadway Philadelphia presents Jonathan Larson’s ‘Rent’ by Alaina Johns

‘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.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Theatre Exile presents Tim Crouch’s ‘An Oak Tree’ by Alaina Johns

The Philly premiere of ‘An Oak Tree’ also christens Theatre Exile’s new space in South Philly. Alaina Johns reviews.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Wilma Theater presents Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Alaina Johns

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.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Arden Theatre presents E.B. White’s ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by Alaina Johns

True to the best of children’s stories, the undeniable dark side of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ shows up onstage, but this production can’t quite capture the novel’s poetic and lifelike ve…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Philly Fringe 2018: Megan Chialastri’s ‘powerpoints for my friends’ by Alaina Johns

When you and your friends get going, there are plenty of things that won’t fit in a Facebook thread — especially when you’re wondering who these people really are. ‘Powerpoints for m…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Philly Fringe 2018: Savannah Reich’s ‘Pestilence: Wow!’ by Alaina Johns

Savannah Reich’s ‘Pestilence: Wow!’, an ambitious show in a challenging space, explored how we cope with tragedy, then and now (spoiler alert: not that well). Alaina Johns reviews.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Philly Fringe 2018: Lee Minora’s ‘White Feminist’ (second review) by Alaina Johns

What do I do about justice? What do you do? Lee Minora brings her hit one-woman satire to the Fringe. Alaina Johns reviews.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Philly Fringe 2018: Half Key Theatre Company presents Arden Kass’s ‘Behold Her’ (second review) by Alaina Johns

This Fringe show sets out to explore images and expectations of Jewish beauty, but ends up taking in a lot more. Alaina Johns reviews.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Philly Fringe 2018: Sarah Knittel’s ‘NIGHTMARE FUEL’ by Alaina Johns

‘NIGHTMARE FUEL,’ a scary, sticky, freshly rebirthed gem in this year’s Fringe Fest, is worth the trip. Alaina Johns reviews.

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Philly Fringe 2018: Sarah Knittel’s ‘NIGHTMARE FUEL’ by Alaina Johns

‘NIGHTMARE FUEL,’ a scary, sticky, freshly re-birthed gem in this year’s Fringe Fest, is worth the trip. Alaina Johns reviews.

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Philly Fringe 2018: Pratima Agrawal’s ‘Voided’ by Alaina Johns

In ‘Voided,’ a playwright/performer grapples with the question of how to discover and represent someone else, and introduces us to a woman we should all know — if we can grasp her. Ala…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bailey Williams’s ‘Buffalo Bailey’s Ranch for Gay Horses, Troubled Teen Girls and Other’ by Alaina Johns

This wolverine-besieged ranch for troubled teens, gay horses, and vacationers like you is actually a 90-minute timeshare presentation, right? Alaina Johns reviews.

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