Ilene Raymond Rush’s fiction, nonfiction, and essays have appeared in a number of national publications, including Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Ladies’ Home Journal, Readers Digest and many others. Currently, she is a health and science reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Follow her on Twitter at @iraymondrush.
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Pilobolus at the Annenberg Center
Dancing by the long-running Pilobolus troupe is about fighting the limitations of not only the body, but also the environment and the imagination.
Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher'
The relationship between the Schultz brothers is as intense as any seen on film. Their wrestling early in the movie is a fierce, wordless depiction of sibling rivalry and harmonic grace. It’s a grace that John du Pont — despite his money — lacks and sorely wants. And if he can’t have it, he can figure out ways to destroy it.
Fringe Festival: Pig Iron’s ‘99 Breakups’
None of the moments in 99 Breakups was connected with any other, and all lacked subtext, subtlety, or any larger meaning.
'Circle Mirror Transformation' at Theatre Horizon (2nd review)
The power of self-expression
What’s going on in the acting class on stage is the highest form of acting — naturalistic, believable, and true.
The Coen Brother's 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
A shaggy cat tale about a modern Ulysses
The Coen brothers didn’t set out to make a nostalgic movie about the bards of Bleecker Street, and they literally pull no punches in Inside Llewyn Davis.
Gioia de Cari’s ‘Truth Values’ at Annenberg
Pity the woman with brains
Women continue to battle stereotypes to break into science and math. Gioia de Cari claims male chauvinism drove her out of MIT. But her one-woman show suggests that perhaps she really preferred a career on the stage.
Why ‘Gone With the Wind’ still works for me
My soul sister, Scarlett O'Hara
What I crave, and still get, from Gone With the Wind, is escape— the sort that often seems to elude me at age 58, when my critical facilities often trump my pleasure centers.
Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station'
If we love Tony Soprano, why not Oscar?
Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station, based on the true tragic story of a young black man gunned down by a rogue cop, pushes all the predictable emotional buttons. But its message is too easy to swallow.
Ira Glass's "One Radio Host, Two Dancers'
Pay no attention to that man in front of the curtain
Can a popular Public Radio host connect the dots between radio journalism and dance? More to the point: Why should he?