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Criminal justice and Philadelphia’s new District Attorney

What were they thinking? What are we thinking?

Philadelphians this month turned their criminal-justice system over to a man who has spent his career fighting against that same system. What’s a law-abiding citizen to think? For an answer, pay a visit to America’s most infamous prison. Dan Rottenberg considers.
Dan Rottenberg

Dan Rottenberg

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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

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Philadelphia Theatre Company artistic director Paige Price. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Theatre Company.)

Mike Daisey and arts critics at Philadelphia Theatre Company

Theater and journalism confront the abyss

An arts journalism panel, in tandem with a rant by monologist Mike Daisey, amounted to a digital-age requiem for theater and journalism alike. Is there no hope for order out of this chaos? Dan Rottenberg considers.
Dan Rottenberg

Dan Rottenberg

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Tayoun: As much a Philly institution as Rocky. Maybe more. (Photo via Cityandstatepa.com.)

Jimmy Tayoun, performance artist

The illusionist

In dreary midcentury Philadelphia, a glib, charming, energetic, audacious hustler like Jimmy Tayoun would be forgiven almost anything — especially the lack of substance beneath his shiny façade. Dan Rottenberg considers.
Dan Rottenberg

Dan Rottenberg

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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.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

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Theaters, critics, and free speech

The nagging price of freedom

It never ceases to amaze me when theatrical creators assert freedom of expression for themselves but deny it to others.
Dan Rottenberg

Dan Rottenberg

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Donald Trump’s condolence call

"Believe me": On the empathy beat with President Trump

You read it here first: the unexpurgated transcript of President Trump’s phone call to a grieving army widow. (Would we lie to you?) Dan Rottenberg listens in.
Dan Rottenberg

Dan Rottenberg

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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

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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

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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

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