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Cameron Kelsall

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BSR Contributor Since June 20, 2017

Cameron Kelsall (he/him pronouns) is a core theater critic with Broad Street Review. Based in Collingswood, New Jersey, he writes about theater, opera, and music for a variety of local and national publications. Twitter: @CameronPKelsall

Cameron Kelsall is a core theater critic for Broad Street Review and a regular freelance theater critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is an editor and contributor for the website Exeunt NYC, where he writes about theater in New York at all professional levels. As a freelancer, his byline has appeared in American Theatre magazine, Opera News, Bachtrack, Time Out Philadelphia, Parterre Box, Asbury Park Press, Phindie, and many other publications. He is an active member of the Outer Critics Circle, American Theatre Critics Association, and Music Critics Association of North America, and has participated as a judge for Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards. He lives in Collingswood, New Jersey. Twitter: @CameronPKelsall

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David Kim, Juliette Kang, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin perform in an Our City, Your Orchestra concert. (Photo by Jeff Fusco.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Our City, Your Orchestra at William Way

Celebrating Pride with the orchestra

Just in time for Pride, the Philadelphia Orchestra concludes the first season of its Our City, Your Orchestra series at the William Way LGBT Community Center. Cameron Kelsall talks with concertmaster David Kim and composer Jennifer Higdon about classical music in the community.
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There’s nothing like the polish and precision of a large comedy cast: the ensemble of ‘It’s Only a Play’ at George Street Playhouse. (Image courtesy of George Street Playhouse.)

George Street Playhouse presents Terrence McNally’s ‘It’s Only a Play’

Curtain up on comedy

Terrence McNally’s Broadway-insider comedy ‘It’s Only a Play,’ from George Street Playhouse, will make theater lovers laugh till they cry. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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Sharing a special language: Joilet Harris and Mary Martello in ‘Sisters!’. (Image courtesy of Arden Theatre Company.)

The Arden presents ‘Joilet Harris and Mary Martello: Sisters!’

Such devoted sisters

Stalwart Philadelphia performers chronicle their decades-long friendship in 'Sisters!,' a virtual cabaret
produced by Arden Theatre. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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One of Philly’s acting treasures: Taysha Marie Canales in the Arden’s ‘No Child…’. (Photo courtesy of Arden Theatre Company.)

Arden Theatre Company presents Nilaja Sun’s ‘No Child…’

Teach the children well

In a strong streaming production from Arden Theatre Company, Nilaja Sun’s ‘No Child…’ explores the power of art and compassion. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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Will the lights be up on our stages as soon as this summer or fall? EgoPo’s ‘Nocturne’ is coming to a parking lot in the meantime. (Image courtesy of EgoPo.)

One year later: Philly theater artists ask what reopening means

Will the lights be back on soon?

In parts 1 and 2 of our One Year Later series about the pandemic and Philly theater, Cameron Kelsall explored the first closures and productions in lockdown. Now, the community prepares for reopening—but what will that look like?
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The Philadelphia Orchestra seats Stravinsky, Gershwin, and Ellington together. (Images via Wikimedia Commons.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Ellington, Gershwin, and Stravinsky

Broad Street meets Tin Pan Alley

George Gershwin and Duke Ellington take their place beside Stravinsky in the latest digital offering from the Philadelphia Orchestra. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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Getting existential before the ultimate existential crisis: IRC artistic director Tina Brock appears with Carlos Forbes in a January 2020 production of ‘The Bald Soprano.’ (Photo by Johanna Austin.)

One year later: What Philly theater artists dreamed up when stages shut down

What happened when the lights stayed out?

In part 1 of our One Year Later series, Cameron Kelsall spoke with Philly artists about the moment shutdowns began. Now, he looks at what emerged as the shutdowns lasted for the next 12 months.
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Nya (Sasha Allen) confronts a system that doesn’t serve people who look like her and her son (Brian Neal.) (Photo courtesy of SCTC.)

South Camden Theatre Company presents Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Pipeline’

Confronting the school system

The streaming regional premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Pipeline’ showcases the pluck and polish of South Camden Theatre Company. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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It felt good to hear Goode, seen here in his last pre-pandemic Philly performance at the Kimmel’s Perelman Theater. (Photo by Pete Checchia.)

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents Richard Goode

A Goode friend

After a pandemic cancellation last season, pianist Richard Goode returns to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with a striking program of Bach, Beethoven, and Debussy. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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"Nowhere near the kitchen!" Maulik Pancholy takes reservations in 'Fully Committed.' (Image courtesy of George Street Playhouse.)

George Street Playhouse presents Becky Mode’s ‘Fully Committed’

Streaming reservations

Maulik Pancholy superbly embodies more than 40 characters in George Street Playhouse’s ‘Fully Committed,’ but Becky Mode’s restaurant comedy shows its age in uncomfortable ways. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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When Theatre Horizon’s ‘The Agitators,’ starring Steven Wright and Charlotte Northeast, opened on March 4, 2020, the artists had no idea what was coming. (Photo by Daniel Kontz.)

One year later: Philly theater artists open up about the first shutdown

The nights the lights went out

A year after theaters around the country suspended in-person performances due to the pandemic, Cameron Kelsall speaks with Philadelphia theater artists about looking back and moving forward.
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Orchestra members in tune with each other, despite their distance. (Photo by Jeff Fusco.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Mozart and Valerie Coleman

Listen to the wind

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s latest program brings together chamber-sized wind compositions by Mozart and Valerie Coleman. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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‘Blessed’ offers new and vital work, made at a distance. (Image courtesy of Opera Philadelphia.)

Opera Philadelphia presents Courtney Bryan’s ‘Blessed’

A musical blessing

Courtney Bryan’s ‘Blessed,’ the second of four digital commissions from Opera Philadelphia, is a stirring exploration of Christian theology and present-day activism. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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Ebullient and distinctive: pianist Michelle Cann plays Florence Price with the Philadelphia Orchestra. (Photo by Jeff Fusco.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Rossini, Schubert, and Price

The Price is right

Pianist and Curtis professor Michelle Cann offers a passionate and technically flawless account of Florence Price’s Concerto in One Movement with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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Can a death bring up beliefs that were hiding underground? (Image courtesy of InterAct.)

InterAct Theatre Company presents Thomas Gibbons’s ‘Steal Her Bones’

Religion and relationships

‘Steal Her Bones,’ a digital premiere from InterAct Theatre Company, offers a compelling portrait of human bonds and the complicated nature of belief. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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