The beloved annual festival, and its spinoff Philly Free Fringe, managed to bring together, and often activate, online audiences.
Nonprofit arts funding can be confusing and daunting, especially as City Council debates eliminating the Philadelphia Cultural Fund in a COVID-19 austerity budget. But there are possibilities and resources.
For many, Marie Kondo is the ultimate guru with the key to a happier, clutter-free life. But when my mom died and we had to go through her things, Marie Kondo and everything she stood for became my greatest enemy.
Tina Fey’s musical 'Mean Girls' brings a teen-saga film blockbuster to the stage. But is it trying too hard to make fetch happen?
Power Street Theatre remounts its production of Erlina Ortiz’s 'MinorityLand' in a partnership with Theatre Horizon.
Theatre Horizon launched its landmark 15th season with a concert reading of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairy-tale musical, ‘Into the Woods.’
The Wilma Theater’s season premiere, ‘There,’ adapts the long-form poem of similar name by Lebanese-American poet, visual artist, and essayist Etal Adnan.
Shakespeare in Clark Park’s production of William Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ features strong ties to its community.
‘Minors,’ a new musical by Kittson O’Neill and Rob Kaplowitz, explores the real-life drama of the 2008 “kids for cash” scandal of Luzerne County.
Theatre Exile’s earnest production of Hansol Jung’s dark comedy Among the Dead provides a striking glimpse into WWII Korea and its aftermath. Plus, Jesus is there.
Emily Acker’s 'Boycott Esther,' getting its world premiere at Azuka, is a relevant and must-see play for the #MeToo era.
The Arden Theatre Company brings a feminist wink to a delightful children’s theater adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
A strong production of ‘Curious Incident’ at Walnut Street Theatre marks a step in the right direction for inclusive theater, but how does it compare to other efforts on the scene?
The Arden's celebration of August Wilson continues with his autobiographical solo show, ‘How I Learned What I Learned.’
Azuka Theatre’s production of the comedy ‘BOB: A Life in Five Acts’ brings back the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel New Professionals Production program.
‘Broads’ doesn’t always hit the modern mark, but with powerhouse voices from three Philly favorites, it’s a great survey of women who paved the way.
Next up in 11th Hour’s Next Step Concert Series is the 2009 musical ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’ But are shoot-outs and a famous love affair from behind music stands enough to raise a little hell?
A visitor to Bryn Mawr College’s Performing Arts Series asked how far we can stretch our own limits — and how that push feels.
Shelter, an artistic competition-cum-exhibition featuring local sculptors, is on display as part of the Philly Fringe.
Brian Sanders JUNK whisks audiences away in several choose-your-own-adventure immersive dance/theater tours.
Artist Jeanne van Heeswijk teams with up the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a legion of collaborators to create 'Philadelphia Assembled.' There is also pumpkin bread.
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre teams with Mexican choreographer Emmanuel Becerra to premiere two new works as supergroup Fronteras.
The artists of Tangle Movement Arts soar in silks, ropes, and the trapeze in their newest piece, 'Points of Light.'
The Kimmel Center invited Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to perform inspired new works and classic favorites.
Montreal’s Cirque Éloize brings its newest and wildest project, 'Saloon – A Musical Acrobatic Adventure,' to Philadelphia.
Be it George Balanchine's everlasting The Nutcracker presented by the Pennsylvania Ballet or the patriotic adaptation, Nutcracker 1776, danced by the Rock School’s up and comers, Philadelphia offers many options to view this beloved Christmas ballet.
NextMove Dance brought the Martha Graham Dance Company to Philadelphia to present some old and retooled classics that still resonate today.
Jérôme Bel’s 'Gala' brought Philadelphians to their feet and onto the stage. Alix Rosenfeld gushes over a piece that showcased all dancers, amateurs and professionals, alike.
It is draining and at times frustrating to watch a dance company repeat a movement phrase for long stretches of time. But what tests the patience is also what makes CITIZEN and Levée des Conflits - the latest works by renowned choreographers Reggie Wilson and Boris Charmatz, respectively - mesmerizing and fascinating.
Artist JJ Tiziou installed multiple photographic and written displays throughout the National Museum of American Jewish History. Alix Rosenfeld reviews the installations and their social implications.
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With theaters all over the country going dark indefinitely because of the coronavirus, how will live art continue to thrive? Theater artists are at work during the COVID-19 lockdown. Here’s how—and where to find them.
Alix Rosenfeld talks about the difference between inclusion and belonging when it comes to working with the disability community, using the Philadelphia-based FringeArts production of A Fierce Kind of Love as an example.
Philadelphia Dance Projects (PDP) studied how artists changed the face of Old City from 1975 to 1980 and is hosting a free symposium to discuss their findings.
Philly Theatre Week is launching its second annual festival in just a few days and is taking over Philadelphia with a smorgasbord of theatrical offerings from Feb. 7-17. Over the course of 10 days, you'll have your pick of over 80 shows and events from participating artists and organizations.
Philadelphia is preparing for two separate Women’s Marches on January 19, but organization scandals and conflicts keep some from participating. Alix Rosenfeld considers.
Philly Theatre Week is back for its second year by popular demand, with a wide range of events and shows taking place across the city. The week (well, 10 days) begins on Feb. 7, just in time to lift any dreary winter mood that might hit you as hard as an icy snowball.
With Christmas just around the corner, Philadelphia has a great line up of holiday-themed events to launch you into the festivities this weekend (December 21 through 23). Last-minute shopping opportunities, jazz, and furry green fellas await.
If intolerance, racism, and violence are inevitable parts of human existence, can storytelling still help make a better world? The artists behind this festival of personal narratives say yes.
After taking a year off from producing, Philadelphia Theatre Company is back and is kicking off its season with "Sweat," the Pulitzer Prize winner by Lynn Nottage. We sat down with director Justin Emeka to talk about what makes the play so relatable and what it’s like directing the show in Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and South African “visual activist” Zanele Muholi team up to nurture and produce the work of a diverse set of local artists, and bring it right into the neighborhood.
Opera Philadelphia's O18 Festival is just around the corner, boasting a packed lineup of performances over the course of 11 days, from September 20-30. Part "civic engagement" and part joyous (and potentially outrageous) celebration, the festival is sure to be a whirlwind of the booming voices and stunning production values that we have come to associate with the art form.
The early-June debut of ‘The Caregivers,’ which Pig Iron artists developed in partnership with real-life caregivers in Philly, sold out quickly. But whether or not you’re attending, this future-facing method of theater-making is worth a look.
Find out what to see and where to go for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, produced by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Production Dramaturg Alix Rosenfeld reflects on her time working on THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at People's Light.
The Bechdel Test Fest returns for a third year to feature female-identifying, transgender, and gender-nonconforming comedians in Philadelphia.
A citywide roster of personal stories spotlights undeniable face-to-face truths, with local performers getting up alongside some of the biggest names in comedy and international activism.
If you’re curious about the world of design but don’t know where to start, a new interactive exhibition at IndyHall, part of the 2017 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, gets rid of the jargon and has a few questions for you.
What is the personal history that exists in the tumultuous and often mysterious process of immigration? Fifteen artists explore the nuances of these voyages.
What is a night at the theatre worth to you? What if you could pay for tickets based on that opinion?