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.
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.
Jimmy Tayoun, performance artist
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.