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Wendy Rosenfield

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BSR Contributor Since April 27, 2010

Wendy Rosenfield (she/her pronouns) is the former editor-in-chief of Broad Street Review. She is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in many arts- and culture-related print and online magazines. She has been a theater critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2006-2017, and was theater critic for the Philadelphia Weekly from 1995 to 2001. Follow her on Twitter @WendyRosenfield.

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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A story about men’s places becomes so much more: William Zeilinski and Katie Kleiger in PTC’s ‘Everything is Wonderful.’ (Photo by Mark Garvin.)

The Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Chelsea Marcantel’s ‘Everything is Wonderful’

Illuminating empathy

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.
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Wendy Rosenfield

Articles 4 minute read
The winningest Jewish girl ever: Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel. (Image courtesy of Amazon Studios.)

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.
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Wendy Rosenfield

Reviews 5 minute read
Biofeedback: is it an art? (Illustration by Hannah Kaplan, for Broad Street Review.)

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.
Wendy Rosenfield Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Wendy Rosenfieldand Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Essays 5 minute read
Bodies onstage: more of a challenge in some countries than others. (Image of ‘Don Juan’ courtesy of the Printemps des Comediéns.)

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.
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Wendy Rosenfield

Essays 5 minute read
In 2012, Sylvain Émard brought 'Le Grand Continental' to the art museum. Now, it's Super Grand, and the more the merrier. (Photo by Maya Daoud.)

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.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Editorials 4 minute read
I never even mentioned Machine Dazzle's costumes! This one, if you can't guess, announced the decade spanning 1956 to 1966. (Photo by Wendy Rosenfield.)

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.
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Wendy Rosenfield

Editorials 4 minute read
Why did comedian Trevor Noah decide to stiff JFCS? Your guess is as good as theirs. (Photo via Creative Commons/Wikimedia.)

'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah cancels gig, costs Philly Jewish charity $200,000

Funny business

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.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Editorials 4 minute read
People's Light took special measures to ensure they'd have a multicultural — rather than Jewish — cast. (Photo by Tori Harvey.)

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.
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Wendy Rosenfield

Editorials 5 minute read
See what I mean? It's creepy. (Illustration by Hannah Kaplan for BSR.)

How to avoid workplace witch hunters

Just stop it

Sometimes it's hard to tell when a pat on the rear at work is harmless and when it's harassment. Just kidding, it's not hard at all. Wendy Rosenfield considers.
Wendy Rosenfield Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Wendy Rosenfieldand Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Editorials 5 minute read
Actor/director Michael LeLand in a still from the 2015 film 'Pay 2 Play.' (Photo via Facebook)

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.
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Wendy Rosenfield

Editorials 4 minute read
Davidman tries to make sense of it all. (Photo by Ken Friedman.)

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.
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Wendy Rosenfield

Articles 3 minute read
The cast of the play that you can see but I can't talk about. (Photo by Kathryn Raines/Plate 3 Photography via destinyestimate.com.)

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.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Editorials 5 minute read
After she rejected his advances, Alfred Hitchcock used real birds to attack Tippi Hedren on the set of his film  'The Birds.' (Photo by Laura Loveday via Creative Commons/Flickr.)

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.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Editorials 4 minute read
Pig Iron's 'A Period of Animate Existence': no one here gets out alive. (Photo by Maria Baranova)

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.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Editorials 5 minute read
Bi Jean Ngo's Honey might not be so sweet. (Photo by Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography.)

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.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Articles 2 minute read