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Performance Garage has hosted dance and theater in Spring Garden since 2002.

Performance Garage gets city grant

A $500,000 grant from the city will help Performance Garage with much-needed upgrades.
Matt Bevilacqua

Matt Bevilacqua

Articles 2 minute read
Kristen Robinson’s proposed redesign of the Wilma Theater’s facade.

The Wilma Theater Transformation Fund

Transforming in plain sight

The Wilma Theater is reinventing itself inside and out. With a new name and upgraded façade, a café open to the public, new rehearsal space, and a training program for a resident company of actors, the theater wants to transform how theater is made and how it interacts with the community in which it resides.
Naomi Orwin

Naomi Orwin

Articles 4 minute read
An end, not a failure. (“Empty House” by Bryan Rosengrant via Creative Commons/Flickr)

Flashpoint Theatre Company calls it quits

Flashpoint Theatre was founded in 2004 to produce socially provocative and emotionally resonant works of contemporary theater while supporting diverse, emerging artists. Financial support for that mission has dried up, and the company is disbanding.

Samantha Maldonado

Articles 3 minute read
Is everybody a critic? Statler and Waldrof. (Photo via muppet.wikia.com)

A response to 'Ethics for theater critics'

Does an analysis by a privileged journalist have value?

Theater criticism is an art, and artists have a right to ask for and receive payment for their work. I’d love to provide every writer with adequate reward for his or her valuable work. But to say unpaid or poorly compensated work has no value, and to denigrate the ethics of those writers, is insulting.
Christopher Munden

Christopher Munden

Articles 7 minute read
An actress, an “actress,” and a critic: Davis, Monroe, and Sanders in “All About Eve.”

Ethics for theater critics: The Craigslist critic

Does a review that no one paid for have value?

A Seattle theater critic sold his “plus one” press passes on Craigslist in the hopes of both finding a date and scoring a profit. What, exactly, is the problem with that? Let Wendy Rosenfield count the ways.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Articles 5 minute read
Sondra Radvanovsky will be the Festival Artist at Opera Philly’s O17. (Photo by Pavel Antonov via operaphilly.org)

Opera Philadelphia's O17 announcement

An announcement of operatic scale

New plans by Opera Philadelphia are daring and forward-looking. There are aspects of concern, however.
Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen

Articles 4 minute read
Not to be refilled. (Photo by Daniel Rubin via citypaper.net)

Farewell, 'City Paper'

BSR’s new writer muses about the demise of Philadelphia City Paper, which ceases publication this week.
Mark Cofta

Mark Cofta

Articles 3 minute read
One thing that won’t change: the majestic main staircase at the Central branch. (Photo by Gmonkey via Creative Commons/flickr)

Big changes at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Philadelphia's library, reinvented

Money from the William Penn Foundation, along with other public and private gifts, has enabled the library to undertake a big-picture initiative to increase flexibility and efficiency for current and future users in a project called Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Articles 6 minute read

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Must Charlotte Ford (above) forsake the stage to make a living? Photo by JJ Tiziou.

Arts in crisis? Really?

Just how did Faulkner survive (not to mention Charles Ives and Marlon Brando)?

Are boorish Americans systematically starving our creative classes, as two critics contend? It’s an old complaint, once voiced by the likes of Mark Twain and Saul Bellow. But where William Giraldi and Scott Timberg see cultural destruction, I see natural creative evolution, and not just in the arts.
Dan Rottenberg

Dan Rottenberg

Articles 7 minute read
Panelists (from left): Parkerson, Massiah, Cabral, Nance, Jackson; did Ferguson change everything? (Photo: Alaina Mabaso.)

A BlackStar Film Festival panel

Black filmmakers confront the ‘burden of representation’

Must black artists or public figures represent their entire group to the dominant culture? At Philadelphia’s annual BlackStar Film Festival, four filmmakers wrestled with that question.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Articles 5 minute read