Monday, May 20, 2024

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents Dinnerstein Plays Mozart by Cameron Kelsall

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s season-ending concert welcomed star pianist Simone Dinnerstein and saw the end of Dirk Brossé’s tenure as music director. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:55PM

DanceVisions presents Meredith Rainey’s BUILDING by Melissa Strong

Meredith Rainey’s BUILDING takes a metatheatrical approach to his work as the Performance Garage’s DanceVisions 2023-2024 Resident Artist. Melissa Strong reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:31PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, May 16-22, 2024 by Kyle V. Hiller

Food for life at the Weitzman, Once on This Island at the Arden, the return of The Elephant in the Room, and a lively performance by Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:33PM

BSR Classical Interludes May 17-June 2, 2024 by Gail Obenreder

Rounding up May's music offerings, including a capella from Variant Six, an album from Filament, a program featuring the baryton, and a tribute to the late Tom Purdom by Dolce Suono. Gail Ob…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:19PM
Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Woodmere Art Museum presents Through Her Eyes by Pamela J. Forsythe

“Why have there been no great women artists?” An art critic posed the question in 1971 and Philly responded in 1974 with FOCUS, a citywide festival of women artists. Now, a new Woodmere …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:19PM

The BSR Podcast, Season 8, episode 5: Theatre Exile's PHILLY GRIT with Alaina Johns and Josh Herren by Alaina Johns

Editor-in-chief Alaina Johns joins forces with contributing critic Josh Herren for a conversation about Theatre Exile's PHILLY GRIT, an exciting trio of solo shows by Philly women artists.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:31PM

The popular new Broadway Cabaret at Rittenhouse Grill will return for the 2024-25 season by Sarakay Smullens

A longtime Philly artistic director and Rittenhouse restaurant owner launched a new cabaret that has drawn Broadway stars and sold-out crowds since it debuted last December. They promise a r…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:58PM

Philadelphia is spending summer 2024 with Mary Cassatt by Camille Bacon-Smith

Philadelphia will celebrate hometown artist Mary Cassatt this summer, kicking off with a major new exhibition that was years in the making at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Camille Bacon-Sm…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:08PM

Piffaro presents The Glory of the Wind Band: Music of Portugal and Spain by Gail Obenreder

For its season closer, Piffaro brought its trademark virtuosity to a tour of Renaissance Portugal and Spain, featuring dozens of period instruments and a rich program of sacred and secular m…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:11AM
Monday, May 13, 2024

Join Broad Street Review's virtual spring events for writers, readers, and arts-lovers! by Alaina Johns

Join us on Zoom for two exciting BSR events: our latest webinar about review-writing on May 29, and a Philly publishing panel with some of our region's top writers and editors on June 6.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:42PM

The Philadelphia Ballet presents The Dream and Prodigal Son by Camille Bacon-Smith

The Philadelphia Ballet closed its season with Frederick Ashton’s crowd-pleasing Dream and George Balanchine’s strange and wonderful Prodigal Son, with revelatory dancing by Zecheng Lian…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:29PM
Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, May 9-15, 2024 by Kyle V. Hiller

New exhibits from Da Vinci Art Alliance, TILT, and Fabric Workshop; and laughs from Bristol and Theatre Exile. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:26AM
Tuesday, May 7, 2024

InLiquid Gallery presents The Naked Show by Anndee Hochman

A new ensemble exhibit featuring 15 InLiquid Gallery members poses plenty of worthwhile questions along with its nudes, but something is missing from the show’s promise to honor humanity�…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:15PM

1812 Productions presents Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song by Josh Herren

The new version of Harvey Fierstein’s classic comedy, revised from the original into a shorter two-act production, gets its regional premiere at 1812 in a show that aptly emphasizes the wr…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:09PM

People’s Light presents Madeleine George’s Hurricane Diane by David Block

Dionysus is back, but this time, he’s not out for destruction. In Hurricane Diane, now getting its regional premiere at People’s Light, he tries to enlist four Jersey housewives for a ne…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:34AM

Azuka Theatre and Simpatico Theatre present R. Eric Thomas's An Army of Lovers by Natalie Layne

With a multifaceted script and powerhouse lead performance, Azuka Theatre and Simpatico Theatre's An Army of Lovers invites audiences into a world of complex queer politics, surveillance, an…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 09:38AM
Monday, May 6, 2024

Philly’s AAPI playwrights are ready for the stage with PWYC readings in May and June by Krista Mar

None of Philly’s regional theaters have ever staged a full production of a non-solo show by a local AAPI playwright. Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists' new playwriting cohort wants to …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:27PM

Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun by C.m. Crockford

This rattling and thrilling new production of Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun, set in 1862 and written in a St. Petersburg prison in 1905, has devastating resonance for Americans in 2024…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:38PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, May 1-8, 2024 by Kyle V. Hiller

A new exhibit opens at Fuller Rosen Gallery, a new play from R. Eric Thomas, revisiting (re)FOCUS, and celebrating Jewish American and Pacific American heritage at the Weitzman. Kyle V. Hill…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:42PM

BSR Classical Interludes, May 1-15, 2024 by Gail Obenreder

Three operas, an operetta, and new vocal work decorate the first half of a very vocal May. Gail Obenreder previews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:17PM

The BSR May 2024 repertory movie roundup by Stephen Silver

Celebrating Bob Fosse, Grey Gardens, and more looks back to the ‘70s. Stephen Silver rounds up area film screenings.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:06PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Koresh Dance Company presents Hollow Apple by Melissa Strong

The world premiere of Koresh’s Hollow Apple tackles a timely subject in its 2024 Spring Home Season performance. Melissa Strong reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:27PM

Opera Philadelphia presents Puccini’s Madame Butterfly by Linda Holt

Opera is grappling with the iconic creations of Giacomo Puccini: can we reverse harmful depictions of marginalized people while honoring the work’s integrity? Opera Philadelphia finds a wa…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:01PM
Monday, April 29, 2024

Big Telly and Tiny Dynamite present The Worst Café in the World by Kiran Pandey

Big Telly and Tiny Dynamite present The Worst Cafe in the World, a conceit that offers theater as dinner but never amounts to a complete meal. Kiran Pandey reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:37PM

BalletX presents its 2024 Spring Festival by Camille Bacon-Smith

BalletX’s spring 2024 performance combined otherworldliness with riveting historical narrative, all alongside captivating live music at the Mann. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:49PM

Curio Theatre Company presents Hannah Moscovitch’s Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story by Sarakay Smullens

This thrilling music/theater hybrid is inspired by the true story of two Jewish Romanian refugees, broken by the inhumanities of war, who find love after arriving on the shores of Canada in …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:08PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Contemporary West Dance Theater presents Fall in Love Tour by Camille Bacon-Smith

The new performance by "Phillyboy" Bernard H. Gaddis comes to the Fringe Bar. Camille Bacon-Smith previews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:36PM

Inviting improvisation for everyone, every week at The Rotunda by Thomas Hagen

Every Wednesday, Philadelphia residents convene at The Rotunda for two hours of musical improvisation, free and open to all, with no leader, no instructions, and no repeating. Thomas Hagen p…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:30PM

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, April 25-May 1, 2024 by Kyle V. Hiller

Festivals from PAFA, BalletX, and East Passyunk, and a variety of performances from Hedgerow Theater, Curio, and Koresh Dance Company highlight the final weekend of April. Kyle V. Hiller rou…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:20PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Six tips for news and social-media sanity in the 2024 election cycle (you won’t believe #6) by Alaina Johns

Our democracy, our climate, our rights, our health, our wars and protests—it’s hard to look at any news at all without feeling like the world is ending. Spend seven minutes with Alaina J…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:33PM

Arden Children's Theatre presents Greg Banks’s Pinocchio by Natalie Layne

A new production of Pinocchio from Arden Children’s Theatre turns kids into active participants, capturing imaginations and pulling back the curtain on the magic of theater. Natalie Layne …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:30PM

All that Chat

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