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Lora Strum

Lora Strum

An award-winning freelance journalist specializing in long-form, community-focused storytelling, Lora has written for the Washington City Paper, the PBS NewsHour, Marquette Magazine, BroadwayWorld.com, PhillyVoice, PoliticsPA.com, Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Army News Service, and more.  




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BWW Review: Patrick Page Explores Shakespeare's Best Villains, Gives Audiences An Act PhotoBWW Review: Patrick Page Explores Shakespeare's Best Villains, Gives Audiences An Acting Masterclass
Posted: Feb. 4, 2021


BWW Review: ?I Hate it Here? Nails the Nuance of ?these unprecedented times? PhotoBWW Review: ?I Hate it Here? Nails the Nuance of ?these unprecedented times?
Posted: Jan. 21, 2021


BWW Review:  Studio Theatre's COCK is a Raw, Raunchy Rant on Choice, Need and Identit PhotoBWW Review: Studio Theatre's New Show is is a Raw, Raunchy Rant on Choice, Need and Identity
Posted: Mar. 26, 2021


BWW Feature: When Resilience May Not be Enough PhotoBWW Feature: When Resilience May Not be Enough
Posted: Jun. 29, 2020


BWW Review: Synetic Theatre's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Omits Much, Adds Very Little PhotoBWW Review: Synetic Theatre's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Omits Much, Adds Very Little
Posted: Feb. 24, 2021


BWW Review: Studio Theatre's COCK is a Raw, Raunchy Rant on Choice, Need and Identity
March 26, 2021

It's crass and callous, heart-breaking and hilarious as it examines the nomansland where choice and identity collide.

BWW Review: Synetic Theatre's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Omits Much, Adds Very Little
February 24, 2021

This reimagined 'The Phantom of the Opera' has its roots in the novel of the same name; a work immortalized in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway adaptation. Those roots, however, never grow into anything in Synetic’s take.

BWW Review: Patrick Page Explores Shakespeare's Best Villains, Gives Audiences An Acting Masterclass
February 4, 2021

In 2021, evil lurks in crowded grocery stores, on unmasked faces or on Facebook. So, what would today's audience want with a tale about villany? 'All the Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain' has the answer.

BWW Review: “I Hate it Here” Nails the Nuance of “these unprecedented times”
January 21, 2021

“I hate it here” is so 2020 that it is the perfect title for Studio Theatre’s second audio play; a work so zeitgeist-y it is exposure therapy for “these unprecedented times.”

BWW Feature: When Resilience May Not be Enough
June 29, 2020

When past government shutdowns forced Ford's Theatre to close its doors, its artists grew resilient in the uncertainty. Today, shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, that resilience may not be enough.

BWW Review: The Delightful Melodrama of ABT's GISELLE
February 12, 2020

ABT does the melodrama of 'Giselle' with an acute attention to detail, diversity and dramatic flair.

BWW REVIEW: Alvin Ailey Has Something to Say
February 6, 2020

In its annual Kennedy Center residency, the company tackles gun violence, love, youth and more in a program that includes new works and the seminal classic a?oeRevelations.a??

BWW Review: Synetic Theater's THE SNOW QUEEN Pays Homage to Other Works
December 11, 2019

Synetic Theater's The Snow Queen feels like a prolonged fever dream brought on by repeated viewings of Disney's Frozen, or its earlier work, Fantasia.

BWW Interview: Everybody's Ayana Workman on Life, Death and Why You Really Can't Take it With You 
October 15, 2019

Broadway World caught up with Ayana Workman to talk process, life and death, and why you can't really take it with you in Obie Award-winner and MacArthur a?oeGeniusa?? Grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' production of 'Everybody..'

BWW Review: PAQUITA Should Begin at its End
October 15, 2019

The Mariinsky Ballet's a?oePaquitaa?? should begin at its end. It's culminating event, the infamous Grand Pas, arrives after roughly two hours and for anyone in the Kennedy Center Opera House who doesn't know it's coming, the temptation to leave at one of two interminable intermissions is hard to resist.

BWW Interview: Seven Questions with Dawn Thomas Reidy of THE FEW
July 9, 2019

Dawn Thomas Reidy took a moment between rehearsals to tell Broadway World how she's managing motherhood with her return to Unexpected Stage Company, and why playing QZ is one of her greatest acting challenges yet.

BWW Review: Dance Theatre Of Harlem Sets Tone For The Future Of Ballet
May 30, 2019

While ballet could spend another century beginning with Balanchine, the Dance Theatre of Harlem's latest commissions offer a different future, one where ballet is more daring and more perceptive than ever before.

BWW Review: The Hard Work of FAME -- THE MUSICAL at GALA Hispanic Theatre
May 13, 2019

The cast of The Gala Hispanic Theatre's bilingual production of Fame -- The Musical takes this marathon show at a dead sprint, bucking Broadway bluster to deliver on the idea fame is an illusion, and hard work is what we seek.

BWW Interview: Vivienne Benesch of LOVE'S LABOR LOST at Folger Shakespeare Theatre
April 24, 2019

It's all about the words, words, words for director Vivienne Benesch as she prepares to make her Folger Theatre debut with a new 1930s-styled production of Love's Labor's Lost.

BWW Review: DAMIAN WOETZEL'S DEMO: NOW Defies Expectation
April 2, 2019

Demo: Now, a complex seven-part showcase of dance, music and spoken word, defies expectations by never allowing the audience to set them in the first place.