Jill ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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BSR Contributor Since August 26, 2015

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey (she/her pronouns) is a writer, editor, and communications strategist living in Pennsport. Follow her on Twitter: @jillianivey.

Writer, editor, and communications strategist Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey has published in DAME Magazine, The Frisky, Philly Love Notes, Quake (now defunct), Origivation Magazine, Slush, and in the Institute of Contemporary Art-published publication Rodney Graham .She Stood UpFor Herself [sic]. Her piece “Yankee Land,” an essay about coming to terms with leaving her Texas roots behind and becoming an official Philadelphian, appeared in the book Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill (The History Press 2011).

The former editor of Phillyist, Jillian has an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University (Camden campus) and a BA in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Pennsport with her husband and their dog and four cats. Follow her on Twitter: @jillianivey.

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Oh no, not an ice-breaker: Tanaquil Márquez, Bi Jean Ngo, Jennifer Childs, and Melanie Cotton in ‘The Way I Walk.’ (Photo by Bob Levan.)

1812 Productions presents ‘The Way I Walk’

CPR for Zoom fatigue

After 14 months of social distancing, 1812 Productions injects life into Zoom ubiquity with ‘The Way I Walk.’ Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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All the hallmarks of Greek tragedy: Emilia Weiss and Walter DeShields in EgoPo’s ‘Nocturne.’ (Photo by Kevin Monko.)

EgoPo Classic Theater presents Adam Rapp’s ‘Nocturne’

The catharsis of watching together

EgoPo’s production of Adam Rapp’s 2001 ‘Nocturne’ defies the company’s “classic theater” mission, but feels nonetheless like a Greek tragedy, catharsis and all. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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Looking for another living soul: Melanie Julian in EgoPo’s ‘Rockaby.’ (Photo by Kylie Westerbeck.)

EgoPo Classic Theater presents Samuel Beckett’s Rockaby

Time she stopped

EgoPo’s production of ‘Rockaby,’ Beckett’s avant-garde classic, performed for an audience of one, is the perfect anniversary marker of the pandemic age. Jill Ivey reviews.
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Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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Wanted: flawless execution. A scene from the streaming incarnation of ‘The Fleecing.’ (Image courtesy of Almanac.)

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre and Die-Cast present 'The Fleecing'

Pulling the wool over our screens

Though ambitious and full of potential, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre’s ‘The Fleecing’ is marred by an overcomplicated format and technological limitations. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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The War of the Roses meets Zoom. (Photo courtesy of the Phoenix Theatre.)

The Phoenix Theatre presents Shakespeare’s ‘Henry VI, Part III’

“To make less the depth of grief”

The Phoenix Theatre in Chester Springs embraces Zoom with its presentation of ‘Henry VI, Part III,’ one of the Bard’s lesser-performed histories. Jill Ivey reviews.
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Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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Making a missed entrance worth your while: Maren Montalbano streams her ‘Bodice Ripper Project’ for the Fringe. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Maren Montalbano presents ‘The Bodice Ripper Project’

Loving life backstage

Mezzo-soprano Maren Montalbano has long shared steamy stories with her castmates, and now she’s bringing them to your living room in ‘The Bodice Ripper Project’ for this year’s Fringe. Jill Ivey reviews.
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Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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Combining forces: the cast of ‘Crossover’ together onscreen. (Image courtesy of Green Light Group.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Green Light Group presents ‘Crossover: A New Pop Musical’

A multi-genre mess

Despite its promising music and lyrics, the digital world premiere production ‘Crossover’ is failed by the virtual reality of 2020. Jill Ivey reviews.
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Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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In 'An Encounter,' as in life, there's no knowing what Death will do. (Photo by Kestin Mica.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Irina Varina presents 'An Encounter'

A Walk with Death on Broad Street

With 2020 making many of us acutely aware of our own mortality, a slow stroll with Death, as in Irina Varina's Fringe offering, 'An Encounter,' just makes sense. Jill Ivey reviews.
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Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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A virtual company: the ensemble of ‘The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020.’ (Image via FringeArts.)

Philly Fringe 2020: David Gordon presents ‘The Philadelphia Matter - 1972/2020’

The virtual dance company

Famed choreographer-director David Gordon revisits his 1972 dance production ‘The Matter’ with Philadelphia dancers and archival footage in this curated Fringe presentation. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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Strengths of the Free Fringe: ‘Shitty Jews’ creators Sarah Knittel and Betty Smithsonian. (Image courtesy of the artists.)

Free Fringe Philly 2020: Sarah Knittel and Betty Smithsonian present ‘Shitty Jews’

Kibbitzing in the time of corona

Jewish performers Sarah Knittel and Betty Smithsonian are joined by funny friends—Jewish and not—to kvetch, commiserate, and talk shit in this Free Fringe livestream offering. Jill Ivey reviews.
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Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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The cast of EgoPo’s ‘Curse of the Starving Class,’ together before the pandemic descended. (Photo courtesy of EgoPo.)

EgoPo faced disaster once before. How is the company coping in the pandemic?

The day they left

EgoPo Classic Theater relocated successfully to Philadelphia after hurricane Katrina destroyed its former home in New Orleans. Artistic director Lane Savadove talks to Jill Ivey about surviving a second disaster.
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Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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They’re certified, but their baby isn’t: Anita Holland and Amanda Schoonover in Theatre Exile’s ‘Babel.’ (Photo courtesy of Theatre Exile.)

Theatre Exile presents Jacqueline Goldfinger’s ‘Babel’

The new eugenics

Set in a future in which climate change and advanced genetic testing have reshaped society, Jacqueline Goldfinger’s ‘Babel’ asks the price of a perfect society. Jill Ivey reviews.
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Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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A metaphor for art-making under oppression: the characters of ‘Grey Rock’ build a rocket. (Photo by Carlos Cardona.)

The Kimmel Center presents Amir Nizar Zuabi’s ‘Grey Rock’

When art reaches for the moon

‘Grey Rock,’ from a Palestinian writer/director and cast, reminds us that some things in life are worth pursuing not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Jill Ivey reviews.
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Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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High schoolers in America have very real fears that didn’t exist a generation ago. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Young Playwrights.)

Philadelphia Young Playwrights presents Angelina DeMonte’s ‘Candles’

Not if, but when?

Authored by 10th-grader Angelina DeMonte, 'Candles' tells the story of every American teenager’s worst fear. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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No fourth wall here: Matteo Scammell and Scott Miller in the Lantern’s ‘Last Match.’ (Photo by Mark Garvin.)

Lantern Theater Company presents Anna Ziegler’s ‘The Last Match’

The next point

The Lantern’s impressively staged production of Anna Ziegler’s 'The Last Match' is funny, heartbreaking, and surprisingly relatable for even the least athletic among us. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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