Alyssa Biederman is a junior journalism and political science major at Temple University with a passion for theater. Since leaving her theater career as an actress and singer behind after entering college, she now enjoys writing stories that put her Philadelphia hometown in the spotlight. After graduating in 2020, she hopes to pursue political journalism.
Two teens. One livestream that resulted in their untimely deaths. Opera Philadelphia's Denis and Katya, a world premiere part of their annual opera festival, uses this true story to ask questions about life, death, voyeurism and entertainment in an innovative 70 minute opera.BWW Review: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: It's ALIVE at Walnut Street Theatre September 12, 2019
A small town community in the south struggles with an ethical dilemma in a lighthearted comedy musical. You've heard this story before: Ren and Ariel just want to dance. But this isn't Footloose. In The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, locals take a stance against a brothel that's been running in the town for more than a hundred years.BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO at Gretna Theatre August 6, 2019
Florence Foster Jenkins - the 20th century performer who shocked with her confidence that she was a fantastic opera singer when she was absolutely not - was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. So, it only makes sense that Totem Pole Playhouse, just over two hours outside of the city would memorialize her with a production of the biographical musical play Souvenir. BWW Review: SHEAR MADNESS at Totem Pole Playhouse June 6, 2019
It was a buggy night, the grass was wet from stormy days and guest appearances from an ambulance and some screaming kids seemed a setting for a classic comedy.BWW Review: SPAMALOT at Keystone Theatrics May 19, 2019
In front of projections of impressionist art and a set reminiscent of a still life painting, a simple story of romance, loss, poverty, and creation plays out. Opera Philadelphia's re-imagining of La Boheme takes the classic tale to a new level.BWW Review: CIVIL WAR VOICES at Walnut Street Theatre April 26, 2019
When the lights went up at Walnut Street Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, my worries dissolved almost immediately. It's true, Christopher no longer narrates his own story, but his voice and all its nuances gleam through in Ryan O'Gara and Christopher Ash's artful lighting and projection design.BWW Review: MISS SAIGON at The Academy Of Music March 21, 2019
When John Peterson was a South Jersey high schooler, he saw a touring production of West Side Story at The Academy of Music that changed his life.BWW Review: AN OAK TREE at Theatre Exile February 21, 2019
How do you make a classic play with just two characters and one set fresh and new? Pick a relevant time, put it against a minimalist background and cast two people who would not be considered for a traditional production.