Alix Rosenfeld

Dramaturg, Writer, Critic, Theatre Artist

A writer, dramaturg, and theatre artist based in Philadelphia. The national award-winner of the Kennedy Center’s Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy in 2016 and critic fellow at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.



Arts Criticism

Broad Street Review
Broadway Philadelphia presents Irene Sankoff and David Hein's 'Come...

These days there is a preoccupation with nations and homelands, "us" versus "them," and "ours" versus "not yours." However, it would be dishonest to say that we haven't always been bent toward making these distinctions-Canada's Atlantic provinces have a specific name for folks who are not native to the area: "come from aways."

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Change, change, change

Power Street Theatre remounts its production of Erlina Ortiz’s 'MinorityLand' in a partnership with Theatre Horizon.

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A fairy-tale anniversary

Theatre Horizon launched its landmark 15th season with a concert reading of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairy-tale musical, ‘Into the Woods.’

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Where are we?

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.

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Where our loyalties lie

Shakespeare in Clark Park’s production of William Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ features strong ties to its community.

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Mining for more

‘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.

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Proclaim their names

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.

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A #MeToo must-see

Emily Acker’s 'Boycott Esther,' getting its world premiere at Azuka, is a relevant and must-see play for the #MeToo era.

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A (feminist) pirate's life for me

The Arden Theatre Company brings a feminist wink to a delightful children’s theater adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

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Important First Steps

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?

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The man, not the myth

The Arden's celebration of August Wilson continues with his autobiographical solo show, ‘How I Learned What I Learned.’

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A Mediocre Life

Azuka Theatre’s production of the comedy ‘BOB: A Life in Five Acts’ brings back the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel New Professionals Production program.

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Going Everywhere

‘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.

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Tribe of Fools presents 'Clown Sex Ed'

Let's talk about sex There are few conversations in our society that are more dreaded or anxiety-inducing than the "birds and the bees" talk. But Tribe of Fools's Philly Theatre Week offering, Clown Sex Ed, leans into the absurdity and makes the uncomfortable uproariously funny.

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Raise a little hell

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?

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A shelter where words fail

Shelter, an artistic competition-cum-exhibition featuring local sculptors, is on display as part of the Philly Fringe.

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Calling all collaborators

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.

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Dancing around the divide

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre teams with Mexican choreographer Emmanuel Becerra to premiere two new works as supergroup Fronteras.

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Flying femmes get lit

The artists of Tangle Movement Arts soar in silks, ropes, and the trapeze in their newest piece, 'Points of Light.'

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Still a revelation

The Kimmel Center invited Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to perform inspired new works and classic favorites.

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Head over heels with the Wild West

Montreal’s Cirque Éloize brings its newest and wildest project, 'Saloon – A Musical Acrobatic Adventure,' to Philadelphia.

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A nutcracking good time

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.

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A cracking good Martha Graham

NextMove Dance brought the Martha Graham Dance Company to Philadelphia to present some old and retooled classics that still resonate today.

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'Gala' gets Philly moving

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.

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Sweat and repetition

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.

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Aren't we all neighbors?

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.

Features, Opinion Articles, and Essays

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The Creativity to Survive

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.

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Quarantine has never killed theater, and it’s not about to

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.

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Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love

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.

TodayTix Insider
Your Guide to Philly Theatre Week

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.

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Between a march and a hard place

Philadelphia is preparing for two separate Women’s Marches on January 19, but organization scandals and conflicts keep some from participating. Alix Rosenfeld considers.

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11 Shows to See During Philly Theatre Week

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.

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How the First Person Arts Festival moves us forward

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.

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'Sweat' Comes Home to Pennsylvania

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.

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A whole new (art) world at the Women's Mobile Museum

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.

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7 Reasons You Need to Check Out Opera Philadelphia's O18 Festival

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.

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Pig Iron spotlights caregivers in its latest social-practice piece

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.

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Our Guide to the PIFA Festival

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.

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When immigration means 'Hurry Up and Wait'

What is the personal history that exists in the tumultuous and often mysterious process of immigration? Fifteen artists explore the nuances of these voyages.

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What price art?

What is a night at the theatre worth to you? What if you could pay for tickets based on that opinion?