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Alyssa Biederman

Alyssa Biederman

Alyssa Biederman is a senior 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.


BWW Review: DESCRIBE THE NIGHT at The Wilma Theatre
February 7, 2020

What is exceedingly special about the Wilma's production is that all storytelling elements work together in perfect harmony to create a visually stunning, entertaining and thought-provoking production. 

BWW Review: A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at Walnut Street Theatre
January 27, 2020

With its new production of A Woman of No Importance, Walnut Street Theatre hit its stride in producing classic works with a creative twist. 

BWW Review: CHESS at 11th Hour Theatre Company
January 21, 2020

At times, concert productions can be dull. People holding binders at microphones can only do so much to illuminate a story. 11th Hour Theatre Company's Chess in concert bypasses these pitfalls by producing what turned out to be a showcase of Philadelphia's newest vocal talent -- talent that leaves the audience in awe. 

BWW Review: New staging of THE WIZARD OF OZ pays off at Quintessence Theatre
December 9, 2019

How do you take a beloved classic and make it relatable to modern audiences? How can you keep a script intact while exploring new character representations and pop culture trends?

BWW Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL at Walnut Street Theatre
November 18, 2019

What has little-known backstories on classic characters, a green leading lady and larger-than-life production value? Nope, not Wicked -- but Shrek the Musical at Walnut Street Theatre checks all the same boxes. The Oldest Theatre in America's take on their holiday show is a Broadway-quality rousing good time for all ages.

BWW Review: SUNSET BABY at Azuka Theatre
November 12, 2019

As I walked in to recent Barrymore-winning Director Amina Robinson's newest project, I was excited to see what she would do next. But, Azuka Theatre's Sunset Baby was something Robinson and her projects are usually not: unremarkable. 

BWW Review: A SMALL FIRE at Philadelphia Theatre Co.
October 28, 2019

Sometimes you can't come to your senses until you lose them. This is the message that comes out of Philadelphia Theatre Company's A Small Fire. The play, written by Adam Bock and featuring veteran actress Bebe Neuwirth as construction company owner Emily Bridges, follows her as she goes from boss lady to a woman with no sight, sound, or smell.

BWW Review: RAGTIME at Arden Theatre Company
September 27, 2019

Imagine a world where the rich get richer, there's a so-called a?oeimmigrant problema?? and African Americans have to consistently fight to get the same opportunities as everyone else. 

BWW Review: The World Premiere of DENIS AND KATYA at Opera Philadelphia
September 19, 2019

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

When you see Halloween decorations lining the aisles of every store, you may groan -- autumn has hardly begun! But at the Walnut Street Theatre, spooky season is in full swing, and you won't be sorry for it.

August 9, 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

What happens when you mix Agatha Christie, dueling pianos, and a Broadway-quality stage production? No, it's not the next big show coming to Vegas - it's Murder for Two at Gretna Theatre.

BWW Review: DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Lebanon Community Theatre
August 1, 2019

Lebanon Community Theatre's production of Beauty and the Beast brought me back to my childhood. 

BWW Review: SOUVENIR at Totem Pole Playhouse
July 18, 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

If Nancy Drew wants a new 'do, she should head to the Shear Madness hair salon, where kitschy characters, 80s jams and a dark secret lie.

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Gamut Theatre Group
June 2, 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

If you're on the hunt for comedy, community, and Camelot, look no further than Keystone Theatrics' Spamalot.

BWW Review: UNTITLED at Inis Nua Theatre
April 29, 2019

In an hour and a half of fable, poetry, and traditional storytelling, Inis Nua's Untitled beautifully presents a tale of culture, privilege and destiny.

BWW Review: Art Imitates Life in LA BOHEME at Opera Philadelphia
April 28, 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

After climbing the back stairs to the third floor, I entered into an intimate theater dressed to look like an attic in a historic home. It felt full of secrets.