Wendy Rosenfield is the former editor in chief of Broad Street Review. She is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer, and has written features and theater reviews for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 2006. She was theater critic for Philadelphia Weekly from 1995 to 2001. She served on the Executive Committee of the American Theatre Critics Association, was a participant in the Bennington Writer's Workshop, a 2008 NEA/USC Fellow in Theater and Musical Theater, and is a frequent guest critic for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's Region II National Critics Institute. She also served as a judge for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 2016 and 2017 Simon Rockower Awards for Jewish Journalism, and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. She received her B.A. from Bennington College and her M.L.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in and on many arts- and culture-related print and online magazines. She was proofreader to a swami, publications editor for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, runs very slowly, and taunts her fear of heights by climbing a different Colorado 14er every summer. Follow her on Twitter @WendyRosenfield.
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The Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Chelsea Marcantel’s ‘Everything is Wonderful’
Chelsea Marcantel’s ‘Everything Is Wonderful’ comes at an opportune time, as women’s rage flares—and men navigate a world that may value them more than they value themselves. Wendy Rosenfield reviews.
Not so marvelous: Why I’m done with ‘Mrs. Maisel’
Not like other (((girls)))
With the third season of Amazon’s ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ recently released, Wendy Rosenfield finds the trouble with the streaming sensation, from its casting to the script's erasure of Jewish identities.
Safety concerns at the Philly Fringe: does paying for a listing make it art?
Safety on the brain
One of this year’s independent Philly Fringe listings was a solo treatment session with a suburban psychologist who practices neurofeedback in his home office. Should it have been part of the festival? Wendy Rosenfield considers.
What art critics really do—at home and abroad
So vast is art, so narrow human wit
Offend someone here in the States with your arts criticism and the venue might ban you. But outside the US, there can be more on the line. This lesson matters for artists, writers, and readers everywhere. Wendy Rosenfield considers.
Philly Fringe 2018: family-friendly Fringe Festival guide
Small people, big rewards
The Philadelphia Fringe Festival provides the perfect opportunity to introduce children to the type of performance they won't find anywhere else. Check out Wendy Rosenfield's annual family-friendly Fringe guide for suggestions.
The realness of Taylor Mac's 'A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, Part II, 1896 to Present'
Creating community, 12 hours at a time
Taylor Mac's 'A 24-Decade History of Popular Music' promises nothing less than a better world. We can really use that message right now. Wendy Rosenfield considers.
'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah cancels gig, costs Philly Jewish charity $200,000
Jewish Family and Children's Services of Greater Philadelphia assists 25,000 people each year. Next year, thanks to 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah, they might have to help a few less. Wendy Rosenfield considers.
The All Lives Matter-ing of Anne Frank
Is Anne Frank "too Jewish"?
Two multicultural productions of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' raise questions about the Jewishness of Anne's story. Wendy Rosenfield considers.
Remembering Michael LeLand when the Barrymore Awards forgot
Goodbye again, friend
Monday night's Barrymore Awards memorial segment omitted Michael LeLand, an important longtime member of Philadelphia's theater community. How did that happen? Wendy Rosenfield considers.
Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Aaron Davidman's 'Wrestling Jerusalem'
A house divided
Aaron Davidman's 'Wrestling Jerusalem' brings the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to Philadelphia Theatre Company's stage. Wendy Rosenfield reviews.
Is MJ Kaufman's 'Destiny Estimate' "too personal" to review?
A closed opening
MJ Kaufman's world premiere 'Destiny Estimate' opens this week to audiences — but not to critics. Wendy Rosenfield considers.
Harvey Weinstein and me, too
Bigger than both of us
The outpouring of stories about sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood resulted in a social-media chorus of women stating, "Me, too." Wendy Rosenfield considers.
Philly Fringe 2017: A Postmortem
Pig Iron at the trough
The 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival curated shows brought in a lot of familiar faces, and that was a problem. Wendy Rosenfield considers.
Philly Fringe 2017: Sam Tower + Ensemble's 'Strange Tenants'
You can never go home again
In a little house by a cornfield, four former high-school friends come together to swap stories and sing songs. And then things get weird. Wendy Rosenfield reviews.