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A scene from Rent: 15 ensemble members in colorful 90s garb standing on an around a long table, raising one fist in the air.

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents the Rent 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour

Why take Gen Z to a 90s icon?

After a BSR podcast conversation between Gen X and Gen Z Rent lovers, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer takes her teenager to experience Rent live, finding out whether Jonathan Larson speaks to a new generation.
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Essays 5 minute read
A scene from the play. Jessie holds a box in what looks like a bedroom door, facing her mom, who wears a floral house dress

Isis Productions presents Marsha Norman’s ’Night, Mother

The long goodbye

Despite strong performances, Marsha Norman’s ’Night, Mother shows its age in a staging from Isis Productions. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
A scene from the play. The ornate set is crammed with Victorian details. Peakes talks and gestures to Van Horn.

Walnut Street Theatre presents Bill Van Horn's Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Speckled Band

Whatever remains is the truth

Following protests by a cohort of Philadelphia artists taking aim at the Walnut’s leadership, the theater produces a shlocky, self-indulgent, and sometimes cringeworthy adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 4 minute read
Two women sit next to each other. One has a dress w/ floral accents & a phone; the other is in casual clothes reading a book

The Weekly Roundup, March 2-9

Sisterhood Sit-in, Everyday Futures, and TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever

Theatre Horizon hosts James Ijames’s TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever, Harriett’s Bookshop trolleys to Black women-owned businesses, and the future of South Philly highlight the week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
Cooper dressed in a winter coat, sweats, boots, and a vest sings out to the crowd, a violinist & other performers behind him

Philadelphia Orchestra presents Fiddler on the Roof

Raising the ceiling with new takes

Chuck Cooper talks about Philadelphia Orchestra's upcoming production of the legendary show, returning to the stage, and how Fiddler reflects the times. Stephen Silver previews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 3 minute read
A large crowd of summertime protestors, holding a We Demand Change banner, walk on 9th Street past the Walnut Street Theatre.

Many months later, how has the Walnut Street Theatre answered a community rallying for equity?

“Is there a place for me?”

Last summer, many in the Philly theater community began protesting unjust conditions that Walnut Street Theatre workers said they experienced on and offstage. Wendy Rosenfield asks whether the theater has addressed those concerns.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Features 8 minute read
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The BSR Podcast, season 6, episode 11: Talking with director Jeffrey L. Page about PTC's Choir Boy

Theater at the speed of light

BSR podcaster Darnelle Radford gets director Jeffrey L. Page into the digital studio to fill us in on creating PTC's new production of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Tony-winning Choir Boy.
Darnelle Radford

Darnelle Radford

Podcast
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The BSR Podcast, season 6, episode 10: A new generation discovers RENT

Talking to the next generation of musical theater lovers about the 90s phenomenon

BSR podcaster Darnelle Radford gets writer and BSR social media manager Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer in the digital studio with her teenager June to talk about discovering and rediscovering RENT today.
Darnelle Radford

Darnelle Radford

Podcast 1 minute read
A scene from Choir Boy. Five young Black men in khakis and red vests face the audience, a spotlight on one in front, singing

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy

A singing performance

Philadelphia Theatre Company closes out its 2021-2022 season with Choir Boy, combining must-see artistry with characters and stories that need more space on our city’s stages. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 4 minute read
Myer in yellow-orange robe with red and white checkered vest or scarf material, make up and a red & white confectionary wig

OperaDelaware reopens shop with The Barber of Seville

An appointment with the Barber

Gail Obenreder previews OperaDelaware’s return to the stage with The Barber of Seville.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read