All stories by Alaina Johns on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Like it or not, you have a new job in the pandemic by Alaina Johns

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:05PM
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

What does the proposed Wilma Globe say about accessibility in the arts? by Alaina Johns

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 …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:40PM
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Chronic illness is not a barrier to standing up for justice by Alaina Johns

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…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:33PM
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Should 2020 be the year I try camping again? by Alaina Johns

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:08PM
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

I thought we were in this together. If others are ending quarantine, why not follow? by Alaina Johns

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:19PM
Monday, May 4, 2020

Will we let the City of Philadelphia defund the arts because of the pandemic? by Alaina Johns

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 10:23AM
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Before we cancel in-person meetings forever, can we make email less annoying? by Alaina Johns

Some people are exclaiming about the benefits of canceled meetings—but if that means even more emails than before, Alaina Johns isn’t ready.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:51PM
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Four things we should be allowed to say about life in COVID-19 lockdown by Alaina Johns

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…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:40PM
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Living in isolation with the family you chose on Craigslist by Alaina Johns

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…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:47PM
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Considering coronavirus in Philly by Alaina Johns

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 …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 09:59PM
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

An editor’s public-relations tips for emerging independent artists by Alaina Johns

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…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:57PM
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The real cost of picking my brain—for both of us by Alaina Johns

“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…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 09:57PM
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Five easy post-holiday tips for surviving winter 2020 by Alaina Johns

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:14PM
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Is 2020 the year I stop being so sensitive? by Alaina Johns

Is the BSR team going to take their chance in 2020 to stop being so easily offended? Finally, an answer.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:46AM
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Philadelphia Weekly insults writers, readers, and people with mental illness by Alaina Johns

A venerable alt-weekly announces a new direction in painfully offensive terms. Philadelphia deserves better. Alaina Johns considers.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:50PM
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Stop it with the vitamin C, and other things my cold taught me by Alaina Johns

Ah yes! Darkness, freezing weather; the long, dreary tunnel of winter looming after the holidays—and the cold I just caught. Alaina Johns whines.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 10:19PM
Friday, December 6, 2019

Theatre Exile presents Martín Zimmerman’s ‘On the Exhale’ by Alaina Johns

Theatre Exile’s production of Martín Zimmerman’s ‘On the Exhale’ tackles tragically familiar ground in America with an unexpected narrative. Alaina Johns reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:21PM
Monday, December 2, 2019

That feeling when the choice is yours, or, since when are we all grown up? by Alaina Johns

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 09:44PM
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

How to head into the holidays as a single person by Alaina Johns

Especially after years of being partnered, the holiday season can pose extra challenges for single folks. Alaina Johns has some advice.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:38PM
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Philly’s Independence Visitor Center applauds the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center by Alaina Johns

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…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:27PM
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Who’s drawing the line at the line for the ladies’ room? by Alaina Johns

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:06AM
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Philly Fringe 2019: Philly Improv Theater presents ‘Riot in Rittenhouse’ by Alaina Johns

A PHIT sketch comedy crew takes on the city itself in this worthwhile Fringe offering. Alaina Johns reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:40PM
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Philly Fringe 2019: Lone Brick Theatre Company presents ‘The Clinic’ by Alaina Johns

A theater troupe from Widener University highlights the sinister absurdism of a medical waiting-room purgatory with ‘The Clinic.’ Alaina Johns reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:39PM
Friday, August 2, 2019

The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival presents ‘An Evening of One Acts’ by Alaina Johns

The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival lands in Old City for its fifth year, and opens with an evening of one-acts by women playwrights. Alaina Johns reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:29AM
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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:46PM
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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:53PM
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 …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:19PM
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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:45AM
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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:49PM
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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 09:26PM
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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:42PM