THEATER REVIEW: In I Am Not My Motherland, Past and Present Tell Different Stories

Brian Anthony Wilson, Hannah Gold, and Isabel Sazak in I Am Not My Motherland at Orbiter 3.

Brian Anthony Wilson, Hannah Gold, and Isabel Sazak in I Am Not My Motherland at Orbiter 3.

We’re often told that nothing is black and white.  But Masha Tsimring’s scenery for I Am Not My Motherland is!  It’s also intriguing, spare, and (no doubt, deliberately) disorienting — a landscape of mixed and seemingly incompatible elements, including a cage, a light board for analyzing x-rays, and a leafless tree that sometimes floats above the stage.

The set turns out to be a good metaphor for the Emily Acker’s ambitious, sometimes effective, but not altogether cohesive play. Read more »

16 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

See Invisible River's Beck Epoch this weekend.

See Invisible River’s Beck Epoch this weekend.

FRIDAY, JULY 15

Beck Epoch @ Strawberry Mansion Bridge
Watch Invisible River dancers swing from the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, while fabric drops from 60 feet above the river and aerialists slide down. You can see the free performance from the river banks at the parking lot next to the bridge (near 2200 Kelly Drive), or rent a canoe or kayak and take it all in from the water — but you have to reserve that in advance. Beck Epoch takes place again on Saturday. Read more »

Guns N’ Roses Sucked or Was Awesome, Depending On Who You Ask

Axl Rose and Slash performing "It's So Easy" at the Guns N' Roses concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on July 14, 2016. (Photo via YouTube)

Axl Rose and Slash performing “It’s So Easy” at the Guns N’ Roses concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on July 14, 2016. (Photo via YouTube)

I told my editor that I would go down to Lincoln Financial Field and write a Guns N’ Roses review. So last night, I sweated my face off with the tens of thousands of other fans, voyeurs, and children of the 80s (and their children) as Axl Rose, Slash, Duff and some hired guns brought the Guns N’ Roses Not in this Lifetime Tour to Philadelphia. Read more »

Throw Tastykakes from a Tower for Bastille Day

The Bearded Ladies cabaret troupe will put on a free Bastille Day show at Eastern State Penitentiary. Photo by Darryl Moran

The Bearded Ladies cabaret troupe will put on a free Bastille Day show at Eastern State Penitentiary. Photo by Darryl Moran

We’ve wrapped up Independence Day festivities for another year, but don’t put away your red, white and blue gear just yet. July 14 is Bastille Day, France’s commemoration of the storming of the Bastille in 1789 during the French Revolution — and you don’t have to be a Francophile to enjoy a good party with crepes and Champagne. Read more »

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