BROKEN ROAD (Joanna McBride): Fringe Review 71

A thought-provoking performance, BROKEN ROAD explores the tension that tears apart families. Choreographer Joanna McBride uses ballet-inspired movement, drawing from her own experience to drive the narrative. Threading together themes of love, shattered loyalty, and grief, BROKEN ROAD left the audience in tears.

Broken-Road_Joanne-McBride-300x297The cast featured five dancers and two vocalists, the highlight of which was the adorable 8-year-old Gianne Carbonetta (daughter), Danny Venini (brother) displayed stunning lines, while Francis Markocki (father) possessed a solid technical background. All of the castmembers expertly expressed their emotions, especially Alyssa Seagraves (older daughter) and Ashley Antista (mother) in the final moments of the play. For a first-time artist, Joanna McBride created a compelling, poignant, and well-received story. [Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street] September 16-20, 2014;

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Katelyn Behrman

Katelyn Behrman is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in English and minoring in French. She's the Editor-in-Chief of Penn Appetit, a dancer and choreographer with Arts House Dance Company, and the co-director of the Penn Reading Initiative. She's loved theater and the arts ever since she can remember (her family even started calling her "Hollywood Kate" when she was two) and she has absolutely fallen in love with Philly's arts and culture scene.