ANOTHER AGATHA (Migration Theory): 2019 Fringe review

Pictured (Left to Right): Callie Ritter, Donna Jean Fogel.  Photo Credit: Sarah Gardner.

Pictured (Left to Right): Callie Ritter, Donna Jean Fogel. Photo Credit: Sarah Gardner.

Surrender to sweet silence after exiting the elevator at Vox Populi as the outside realm dissipates. Nod a “thank you” while accepting headphones, and then listen to lovely dulcet toned Italian describing dessert and possibly other things. Dessert is delicious in any language. Soothing sounds exude during thoughts of things mothers do not know about their offspring. These things take shape from many hands as writing on white paper sailboats under lovely candle-like lighting; vessels holding secrets, hopes or fears or long held questions to float forward. Agatha has many questions concerning her mother, her origins and destiny. Her mother’s absence is loud within her psyche, and audibly shared throughout this literally, very moving, transcendent performance.  

Migration Theory, under artistic director Tracy Sunderland, serve up a surreal experiential treat made up of haunting movement and dance, mixed media and more, topped with an added touch of tart humor, kinetically stirred into a feast for the senses. Truly masters of thoughtful, participatory art that moves—catch them before they go back to Boise for an enjoyably immersive experience unlike any other! 

[Vox Populi Gallery, 319 North 11th Street; 3rd Floor, Philadelphia], September 17–19, 2019;


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Lisa Panzer

Lisa Panzer has worked for many years in theater not only as an actor, but as a director, dramaturg, technical director, lighting designer, stage crew, and roustabout. A few of her favorite past theatrical roles include: Liz Imbrie in Philadelphia Story, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, Mrs. Tarpey in Spreading the News, Mollie Ralston in Mousetrap, Trinculo in The Tempest, Bernice Roth in Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and Felicia Dantine in I Hate Hamlet. In addition to theatrical endeavors, Mz. Panzer has also worked as a background performer in television’s Cold Case, Invincible, The Happening, several television commercials, and has played various roles in independent films including Project 21 productions and other commercial acting venues. (See for additonal information).