Monday, June 17, 2024

These basement singalongs queer the Broadway canon and help me reclaim my voice by Anndee Hochman

When Anndee Hochman was 13, a teacher told her she couldn't sing. Decades later, a basement Broadway singalong in Manhattan's West Village taught her something new.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:42PM

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Roger Q. Mason’s The Duat by Kiran Pandey

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Roger Q. Mason’s The Duat, a play that, even with an astonishing central role, struggles to settle into its own rhythm. Kiran Pandey reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:11PM
Friday, June 14, 2024

EgoPo Classic Theater, Papermoon Puppet Theatre, and Kalanari Theatre Movement present Ramayana by Josh Herren

Philly’s EgoPo Classic Theater builds on a partnership begun in the 1990s with two Indonesian theater companies. They bring Ramayana, a dazzling cross-cultural epic, to the Navy Yard for a…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:21AM
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, June 13-19, 2024 by Kyle V. Hiller

Picks for Juneteenth, a new queer dance project continues, cataloging Japan right off Broad Street, and repping all identities with A Love Jawn. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:44PM

The BSR Podcast, season 8, episode 8: Hilma at the Wilma by Darnelle Radford

BSR Podcast host Darnelle Radford sits down with Hilma librettist Kate Scelsa to find out how this new contemporary opera made its way to the Wilma.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:04PM

The BSR Podcast, Season 8, episode 7: Once on this Island at the Arden by Darnelle Radford

BSR Podcast host Darnelle Radford sits down with two of the artists behind the Arden's hit production of Once on This Island, running through June 23.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:45PM
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents John Jarboe: The Rose Garden by Jake Foster

The latest phase of John Jarboe’s Rose project, an immersive multidisciplinary installation at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, interrogates rigid notions of gender with serious playfulness…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:07PM

A University of the Arts professor speaks: “Knowing it’s the last time I’ll be here is unbearable.” by Elise Juska

Philly novelist Elise Juska founded the creative writing program at UArts, where she taught for 24 years. She brings us inside her last days at the university, alongside her irrepressible st…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:43AM

InterAct Theatre Company presents C.A. Johnson’s The Climb by Krista Mar

The Climb, the latest world premiere onstage at InterAct, examines the white gaze in feminism, academia, and art, asking questions about power, consent, and commodification. Krista Mar revie…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 10:28AM
Monday, June 10, 2024

The Wilma Theater and New Georges present Kate Scelsa and Robert M. Johanson’s Hilma by Cameron Kelsall

Hilma, a contemporary opera receiving its world premiere at the Wilma Theater, fails to capture the artistry or mystical charisma of its subject, the painter Hilma af Klint. Cameron Kelsall …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:19PM

Inis Nua Theatre Company presents Abi Morgan’s Lovesong by Josh Herren

Lovesong follows a British couple who comes to live to the US. In exploring memory, love, and the passage of time, the play’s ultimate vagueness makes it hard to empathize with the charact…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:25PM

Power Street Theatre presents Erlina Ortiz and Robi Hager’s Siluetas by Josh Herren

Power Street Theatre presents the world premiere of Erlina Ortiz and Robi Hager’s Siluetas, which brings Tony-winning star KO to Philly. The show could benefit from some more development, …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:42PM

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Suzan-Lori Parks’s Father Comes Home From the Wars by Cameron Kelsall

Quintessence Theatre Group’s production of Suzan-Lori Parks’s Father Comes Home From the Wars: Parts I, II & III only intermittently captures the grandeur of the text. Cameron Kelsal…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:24AM
Thursday, June 6, 2024

The Strides Collective presents New Strides: A Pride Month Playfest on June 10 by Frank Schierloh

The Strides Collective, founded in early 2020, supports new work by local queer playwrights and shines a light on queer stories through play development programs and productions. New Strides…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:14PM
Wednesday, June 5, 2024

BSR Classical Interludes: June 2024 by Gail Obenreder

June brings outdoor music in striking natural locales, early music, new music, the rededication of Verizon Hall, and some bonus musical Book Week picks. Gail Obenreder rounds up.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:04PM

From Shanghai to Philadelphia: An international alum speaks on the closure of UArts by Wenlu Bao

When Shanghai native Wenlu Bao wanted to continue her arts education, she came to UArts, which led her to museums throughout our region. She was shocked to see the news about its closing. Sh…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:28PM

The best books I’ve read so far in 2024: BSR Book Week editor’s picks by Alaina Johns

Sometimes I think books are the only thing keeping me sane(ish). Fiction, nonfiction, memoir, a new lens on Jane Austen, anti-marriage manifestos, and more: here are top recommendations from…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:45PM
Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Discover books by BSR authors (2024 edition)! by Alaina Johns

BSR writers are also memoirists, poets, novelists, scholars, and so much more! Discover their books and order a copy to add to your shelves.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:53PM
Monday, June 3, 2024

Music and the Idea of a World, by Peter Kalkavage by Gail Obenreder

A background in music theory will serve readers well in this trenchant and insightful tour of music throughout history: its meaning and function, and how it helps us understand the many worl…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:25PM

Being Work, edited by Dorothy Dubrule by Gail Obenreder

More and more, artists worldwide are incorporating a performance-art element in their galleries. This slim, eminently readable collection brings us the voices of these unique performers. Gai…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:48PM

Rock Music, Authority and Western Culture, 1964-1980, by James A. Cosby by Rob Laymon

Civilization has always had its discontents, but few things reflect the spirit of resistance like rock music. In this intriguing survey, local author James A. Cosby tackles a socio-political…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:25PM
Sunday, June 2, 2024

Welcome to BSR Book Week 2024, running June 2-8 by Alaina Johns

Do you love books? We do, too! Philly's literary scene is an important part of our cultural scene, and we spotlight it in our annual BSR Book Week. Learn more here!

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:49PM

The Homeless, by Stefan Żeromski; translated by Stephanie Kraft by Helen Walsh

In this classic Polish novel, newly translated into English, a young working-class doctor argues that doctors should not just treat diseases but try to prevent them in poor factory workers�…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:37PM

Sink: A Memoir, by Joseph Earl Thomas by Krista Mar

Philly author Joseph Earl Thomas’s fierce and unusual memoir, Sink, follows his boyhood in 1990s Frankford, where fiction, fantasy, and reality collide. Krista Mar reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:29PM

Work, Fight or Play Ball: How Bethlehem Steel Helped Baseball Stars Avoid World War I, by William Ecenbarger by Kimberly Haas

What did Major League Baseball have to do with World War I? In this surprising history of baseball, American industry, and the US military, William Ecenbarger sheds new light on a little-kno…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:39PM

Mystic Orchards, By Jonathan Koven by Jordan Cameron

The second poetry collection from Philly-based poet Jonathan Koven mirrors the orchard of its title, as we wander the grounds, admire the trees, and sink our teeth into the fruit. Jordan Cam…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:28PM

Burn Book: A Tech Love Story, by Kara Swisher by Stephen Silver

Some writers have accused tech journalist, entrepreneur, and podcast star Kara Swisher of holding her fire until Burn Book, her own memoir, was published earlier this year. Is that criticism…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:55AM

Philadelphia Stories: People and Their Places in Early America, by C. Dallett Hemphill by Pamela J. Forsythe

Everybody knows about the Founding Fathers, but historian C. Dallett Hemphill looks beyond, chasing the fascinating historical records of ordinary, little-known people who had a notable impa…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:40AM

Girls with Bad Reputations, by Xio Axelrod by An Nichols

The Lillys are back in Girls with Bad Reputations, the second installment of Xio Axelrod’s popular romance series about an all-women rock band chasing love and stardom from their Philadelp…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:32AM

Early Sobrieties, by Michael Deagler by Eileen Fay

This debut novel from award-winning writer Michael Deagler follows a young man fighting for sobriety in South Philly, learning that it’s not transformation, but a daily process. Eileen L. …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:05AM

Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg by Grace Kennedy

Philly writer Emma Copley Eisenberg’s debut novel, Housemates, begins in a West Philly group house and spreads across Pennsylvania as two young queer characters find art, love, and life on…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 10:30AM

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