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PASSPORT (IshowNY Productions & Yajaira Paredes): Fringe Review 67

PASSPORT shows how not being understood can turn a person into a non-person, who can therefore be subjected to inhumane abuse.

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14 SEQUENZAS (A Change of Harp and Bowerbird): Fringe Review 66

Each of the daring and demanding 14 SEQUENZAS features virtuoso musicians and masterful performances.

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PETER PAN IS DEAD (Brandon Monokian): Fringe Review 65

The enthusiasm of this production is infectious; Fringe exists for productions just like it.

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NOT YOUR MOTHER’S MOTH (Megan Flynn & Teresa VanDenend Sorge): Fringe Review 64

Flynn and VanDenend Sorge captured the spirit of the Fringe season by experimenting within their art form as they intimately shared their pasts.

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BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (Temple Theaters): Fringe Review 61.2

Throughout, the play is ridden with fearful moments, guilty consciences, and serious reflections of what life may be like for creatures being surrounded by uneasiness and pain.

Aaron Cromie with puppets in Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen’s THE BODY LAUTREC (Photo credit: www.plate3photography.com)

THE BODY LAUTREC (Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen): Fringe Review 53.2

Aaron Cromie’s good-natured portrayal reflects the real Lautrec, who retained his artist’s eye and famed geniality even as he joined his friends in their sad retreat into alcoholism and the dementia of syphilis.

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THE YELLOW WALLPAPER (Wild Plum Productions): Fringe Review 63

Wild Plum Productions’ abridged staging of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER succeeds in capturing the chills and insight of the original work.

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BY YOU THAT MADE ME, FRANKENSTEIN (Philadelphia Opera Collective): Fringe Review 51.2

This is an opera about monsters—the Frankenstein of the title, a monster we know well from films if not from literature, and the ways in which people become monsters.

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PROJECT – THROUGH AN APERTURE (Exosphere): Fringe Review 62

This project consists of six short dance films—three by collaborators Ashley Searles and Wim Winklewagon, and three by Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Company with Carmella Vassor-Johnson.

BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (Temple Theaters): Fringe Review 61.1

Everything about BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO asserts the production as one of the best works in this year’s Fringe.

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SISTERS OF ELLERY HOLLOW BY STEPHEN SPOTSWOOD (RHolt Productions): Fringe Review 60

The show, which is all about loss and violence in a dark corner of the world, is too bright – it has no real darkness to it at all

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Give the rhinos a chance: Interview with the actors of Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS

I asked cast members of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC), Philadelphia’s absurdist theatre (since 2006), founded by artistic director Tina Brock, what Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS brought up for them as actors and as people. The range of responses is as astounding as this production. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this Phindie interview.

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On becoming a RHINOCEROS: Interview with director Tina Brock 

Tina Brock, writer, actor, founder and producing artistic director of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC) since 2006—Philadelphia’s only absurdist theatre company—holds degrees from the University of Maryland and West Chester University, works as a Standardized Patient Trainer at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, and makes the impossible possible, year after year, with some of the most thought provoking and unusual productions.

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Nudity or Crudity: a conversation with Mary Tuomanen about THE BODY LAUTREC

I asked Tuomanen, who directed the piece, to talk about The Body Lautrec. On extremely short notice, she agreed (“Aaron called me, said someone was upset about Lautrec and you wanted to ask me some questions.”) We talk about filth, exploitation, agency, and other uplifting stuff.

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2014 Rocky Awards – Winners!

Unlike other awards that have a panel of judges or votes by the public, each 2013 recipient has the honor of bestowing a 2014 Rocky to an individual they feel represents the best of Philadelphia dance in the previous season.

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THE ORGASM CHRONICLES (OneTaste Philly): Fringe Review 59

Dramatic narrators voice acutely detailed stories of sexual exploits, dating disasters/successes, and intimate gatherings.

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Fringe Bike Tour Was Awesome: Three shows, twelve bikes, dinner, and some rides

“Your little ducks,” Leah says, as we look over our shoulders at the line of weaving their way south on 21st, “they’re all in a row.”

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BROKEN WING (Pantea Productions): Fringe Review 29.2

The timely BROKEN WING, offered to the FringeArts festival in an beautifully executed performance by Pantea Productions, tells the story of a brash American photographer (Bob Stineman) who, while traveling in Iran, sleeps with his host’s young wife Arezoo.

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MIRRORING SKY — A Soundscape (InVersion Theatre): Fringe Review 58

Starting in bustling Rittenhouse Square, MIRRORING SKY guides participants along familiar city streets, ending at the Schuylkill River Park

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ALTERNATIVE THEATRE FESTIVAL (iNtuitions Experimental Theatre): Fringe Review 57

Playwrights are do not come fully formed. Directors have to start somewhere. And the Philly Fringe Festival is traditionally a great place for artists to take their first artistic steps.