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Alaina and Josh, two white theater critics, sit smiling in the audience. Alaina holds the Philly Grit playbill.

The BSR Podcast, Season 8, episode 5: Theatre Exile's PHILLY GRIT with Alaina Johns and Josh Herren

Three solo shows get two critics for the price of one

Editor-in-chief Alaina Johns joins forces with contributing critic Josh Herren for a conversation about Theatre Exile's PHILLY GRIT, an exciting trio of solo shows by Philly women artists.
Alaina Johns Josh Herren

Alaina Johnsand Josh Herren

Podcast 1 minute read
McArdle, a 61-year-old white woman with red hair, sings smiling into a mic in a fine-dining restaurant.

The popular new Broadway Cabaret at Rittenhouse Grill will return for the 2024-25 season

Cabaret is alive and well in Philly

A longtime Philly artistic director and Rittenhouse restaurant owner launched a new cabaret that has drawn Broadway stars and sold-out crowds since it debuted last December. They promise a return next season. SaraKay Smullens visits.
SaraKay Smullens

SaraKay Smullens

Features 5 minute read
Stern lounges prettily in drag, missing his wig, wearing a patterned red robe, dressing-room lights & white vanity behind him

1812 Productions presents Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song

Keeping the flame lit

The new version of Harvey Fierstein’s classic comedy, revised from the original into a shorter two-act production, gets its regional premiere at 1812 in a show that aptly emphasizes the writer’s historical era. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 3 minute read
Margron, a nonbinary actor with light brown skin, stands grinning with arms spread in a suburban kitchen washed in blue light

People’s Light presents Madeleine George’s Hurricane Diane

Dionysus has a new agenda in New Jersey

Dionysus is back, but this time, he’s not out for destruction. In Hurricane Diane, now getting its regional premiere at People’s Light, he tries to enlist four Jersey housewives for a new, eco-friendly regime. David Block reviews.
David Block

David Block

Reviews 3 minute read
Onukwugha, in a white blouse, listens to Zuhairah, who has a gray afro and wears a draping peach jacket, and points at her.

Azuka Theatre and Simpatico Theatre present R. Eric Thomas's An Army of Lovers

Queer revolutionaries in the digital age

With a multifaceted script and powerhouse lead performance, Azuka Theatre and Simpatico Theatre's An Army of Lovers invites audiences into a world of complex queer politics, surveillance, and the thorny issue of legacy. Natalie Layne reviews.

Natalie Layne

Reviews 3 minute read
10 Asian people of different ages & genders sit around a square of couches, all holding scripts in a large living room.

Philly’s AAPI playwrights are ready for the stage with PWYC readings in May and June

Meet Philly’s first dedicated cohort of AAPI playwrights

None of Philly’s regional theaters have ever staged a full production of a non-solo show by a local AAPI playwright. Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists' new playwriting cohort wants to change that. Krista Mar visits.
Krista Mar

Krista Mar

Features 6 minute read
Beside ornate wooden armchairs, Buchanan, wearing a white apron, stands affectionately with the women, wearing white dresses

Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun

The Russian Revolution resonates in the US today

This rattling and thrilling new production of Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun, set in 1862 and written in a St. Petersburg prison in 1905, has devastating resonance for Americans in 2024. C.M. Crockford reviews.
C.M. Crockford

C.M. Crockford

Reviews 3 minute read

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In a wash of red and purple light, Leiberman, back to the camera, heads toward audience members at a lantern-lit table

Big Telly and Tiny Dynamite present The Worst Café in the World

An undercooked dramatic menu

Big Telly and Tiny Dynamite present The Worst Cafe in the World, a conceit that offers theater as dinner but never amounts to a complete meal. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 3 minute read
Harrold, in a black boulder & vest, throws one arm and leg in the air while playing an accordion in a wash of green light.

Curio Theatre Company presents Hannah Moscovitch’s Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Our ancestors were immigrants, too

This thrilling music/theater hybrid is inspired by the true story of two Jewish Romanian refugees, broken by the inhumanities of war, who find love after arriving on the shores of Canada in 1908. SaraKay Smullens reviews.
SaraKay Smullens

SaraKay Smullens

Reviews 3 minute read
Martinez-Briggs, in a green jacket, speaks to the audience while Castaldi sits beside them and plugs his ears with both hands

Arden Children's Theatre presents Greg Banks’s Pinocchio

The kids are part of the magic

A new production of Pinocchio from Arden Children’s Theatre turns kids into active participants, capturing imaginations and pulling back the curtain on the magic of theater. Natalie Layne reviews.

Natalie Layne

Reviews 3 minute read