(Andrea calls the just-opened Leger show at the PMA a fascinating and dynamic exhibition that captures perfectly the early 20th Century optimism about cities and industry.) Léger, Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) through January 5, 2014, is pervaded with an optimism about industrialization and urbanization at a time, centered on the 1920s, when they were seen as the answer, not the problem, for twentieth-century society. It opens with a wall-sized projection of a film taken by Thomas Edison as he ascends the Eiffel Tower, viewing Paris through its cage of industrial steel. The ... More » »
Commotion is a six-month project directed by John J. H. Phillips for University of the Arts (U Arts). Funded under the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (RDA), it involved a course for U Arts students, seven professional artists in various art forms (including writing, dance and theater), workshops with residents of Grays Ferry, Point Breeze, and South of South Street, two artists as workshop leaders and a large number of technical staff. The funding for Commotion was generated by PECO‘s construction of a power station in Grays Ferry; following legislation in 1959, any private developer who obtains property through the RDA must ... More » »
“Flight,” a performance piece of scenes lifted from classic films, collaged and re-staged by Liz Magic Laser hits the great white way this weekend, or rather it lands on the red staircase in the heart of Times Square. The piece, originally performed at PS1 in 2010, has been refined to meet and respond to the parameters of this most theatrical of intersections and as one of the Times Square guides said to several tourists – “It’s a live show going on – It’s something different.”
Philadelphia artists and audiences have something to be excited about—a smart new play in a hot new space. This month, the New York-based collaborative Fresh Ground Pepper presents the Philadelphia premiere of Our Farm, an original work by Andrew Farmer, running at Underground Arts in the Wolf Building.
My daughter Minna has at times performs her memoir writings and occasionally spoken word. And Minna’s friend Sigal writes and performs one-woman plays. In fact, the two of them are working on a script together right now. So when I got not one but two emails from Minna in San Francisco, with an urgent recommendation from her and Sigal to see The Real Americans, I took the suggestion seriously.
by Debra Miller Theater in Philadelphia is flourishing, and that’s good news for all of us who don’t take a summer break from our love of the arts!
By Debra Miller On October 5, the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater were presented at the Walnut Street Theatre in an enjoyable, fast-paced, 90-minute ceremony. The nominees and winners were determined by the Greater Philadelphia Theatre Alliance’s new and self-described “less taxing” system of voting. Conspicuously and questionably absent from the nominees for drama, acting, and directing were the critically acclaimed and unquestionably brilliant productions of Hamlet by Lantern Theater Company and American Buffalo by Theatre Exile, as well as their respective presentations of Siswe Bansi is Dead and Dark Play or Stories for Boys. The only recognition American ... More » »