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Language can divide or repair: a Marais street sign becomes “The Avenue of the Just,” for Jewish allies in World War II. (Photo by Anndee Hochman.)

How much time do we have left for bumping into barriers, at home and abroad?

Walls around the world

A summer trip to France and Israel is a privilege. It’s also a reminder of how easy it is to lose your center of gravity amid barriers old and new. Do we have time to tear them down? Anndee Hochman considers.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

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Why didn’t this show get noticed in the press? Cast members of Theatre Exile’s ‘Whisper’s Gone.’ (Photo by Johanna Austin.)

Why didn’t MJ Kaufman’s ‘Whisper’s Gone’ garner more press?

Progressive failure

An enjoyable summer show made barely a blip in our local media. Can we find the reason? Brad Rothbart considers.
Brad Rothbart

Brad Rothbart

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An anthropocentric clod? Ian McHarg in Portugal in 1967. (Courtesy of the Ian and Carol McHarg Collection, University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives.)

The University of Pennsylvania presents Ian McHarg in ‘One Planet, Three Exhibits’

Earth's apostle

A special trio of exhibits celebrates our capacity for environmental solutions, while honoring landscape architect Ian McHarg, who never minced words about the ravages of humankind. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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If you can run a race anywhere, why do it in a national historic park? (Illustration by Hannah Kaplan for Broad Street Review.)

Should we honor “hallowed” ground at Gettysburg by running marathons there?

A historic finish

Confusion at Gettysburg National Military Park illustrates how running—and specifically, racing—in national historical and military parks might be a crucible for the interpretation of our national history. Helen Walsh considers.
Helen Walsh Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Helen Walshand Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

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Pride is almost always a colorful, crowded spectacle: a view of Philly’s 2019 Pride Parade. (Photo by Carrie Borgenicht.)

During Pride, do queer introverts trade one closet for another?

A quiet kind of pride

Pride is a colorful, noisy celebration—but this doesn’t bring joy to everyone. Can you be both queer and quiet? Michelle Nugent considers.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

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Max Barth and Joe Messina: “The fake band with real music.” (Photo courtesy of Henry Scribbens.)

Jackson Moe presents its new album ‘Pure Gold’

The star-spangled cowboys of political comedy

‘Pure Gold,’ a new music album from comedian-songwriters Max Barth and Joe Messina of Jackson Moe, rocks and also rolls. It’s available on cassette (and digital platforms). Erin Dohony reviews.
Erin Dohony

Erin Dohony

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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.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

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Finished with the gatekeepers of comedy: Hannah Gadsby is touring her new show, ‘Douglas.’ (Image courtesy of the Kimmel Center.)

The Kimmel Center presents Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Douglas’

The great Gadsby

Comedian Hannah Gadsby returns with a brand-new show, taking aim at institutional discrimination with levity and an art-history lecture. Mina Reinckens reviews.
Mina Reinckens

Mina Reinckens

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When you find the venue at Tattooed Mom, it’s like winning a scavenger hunt. (Photo by Ericson.)

South Street’s Tattooed Mom presents Michael Kelly’s ‘Tattooed Momedy’

A South Philly comedy quest

Monthly variety show 'Tattooed Momedy' has the comedy you can’t afford to miss. Erin Dohony chats with founder and host Michael Kelly.
Erin Dohony

Erin Dohony

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What happens when comedy takes over every part of your life? (Illustration by Hannah Kaplan for Broad Street Review.)

A serious tumble changes the game for comedian Christina Anthony

The fall that changed it all

A life in the arts can mean total dedication—but what happens when the world has other plans for your body? Christina Anthony considers.
Christina Anthony Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Christina Anthonyand Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

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