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TRIAGE (Bent Antennae): 2017 Fringe review

TRIAGE is a loosely formed conceit in which a manic-fairy-pixie host wearing a gas mask prances around, forcing the audience to watch bad improv. It’s as fun as it sounds….

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I, PEASEBLOSSOM (Curio): 2017 Fringe review

I, PEASEBLOSSOM is a lark, even compared to its light-hearted inspiration, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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LEAPS OF FAITH AND OTHER MISTAKES (Almanac): 2017 Fringe review

A beautiful spectacle, full of humor, sadness, joy and handstands

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STRANGE TENANTS (Sam Tower + Ensemble): 2017 Fringe review

STRANGE TENANTS is a genre-busting production couched in a classic setting.

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APPROACHING HAPPINESS (Krish Mohan): 2017 Fringe review

APPROACHING HAPPINESS WITH KRISH MOHAN is preaching to the choir

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MARX IN SOHO (Iron Age Theatre): 2017 Fringe review

Marx has returned from heaven to explain his now distorted ideas and ideals to a modern audience.

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Walnut): Stayin’ Alive

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is a white-washed adaptation of the classic movie, with double the music and none of the soul. Director/choreographer Richard Stafford seems terrified of losing audience attention for…

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MAKING HISTORY (Irish Heritage Theatre): A very human Irish history play

A great play for history buffs and hibernophiles.

Veronica Nardo (left) and Caroline Dooner in GYPSY at Arden Theatre Company through June 25th.  Photo by Mark Garvin.

GYPSY (Arden): A self-aware musical

Another take on the Arden’s GYPSY

Bi Jean Ngo and Mina Kawahara in YOU FOR ME FOR YOU. Photo by Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography.

YOU FOR ME FOR YOU (Interact): Sisters in different worlds

This thoughtful production changes how we see the world and ourselves

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AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN (Allens Lane): Our ridiculous grown up world

From the author of such children’s classics as The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends comes a socially insightful series of vignettes

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I GO ON SINGING (Annenberg Center Live): Sing on

In his touring one-night show I GO ON SINGING, Anthony Brown gives a heartfelt performance about one of Philadelphia’s most distinguished citizens.

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WAITING FOR GODOT (Curio): Highlighting the hilarity of Beckett’s classic

Curio’s designers have created a bubble of no time, no place, in which anything or nothing can happen.

Sam Fineman, Megan Edelman, and Amber Orion in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Allens Lane Theatre. Photo by Gerald Cyrus.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Allens Lane): This production of Agatha Christie’s classic stays close to the original

The real horror of Christie’s original ending sits in discord with the show’s campy beginning.

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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (Arden Children’s Theatre): Another year with frog and toad

The simple tricks of the stage awe an audience of CGI-era children, showing that even something as normal as friendship can be magic.

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DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT (Inis Nua / Drexel MPiRP): Irish theater for the theatrical

Inis Nua Theatre Company’s 2011 breakout hit DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT returns to the stage in partnership with Drexel University’s Mandell Professionals in Residence Project

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THE CHURCH BELLS ALL WERE BROKEN (Casabuena Cultural Productions): 2016 Fringe review 54

“God hates fags!”, “God hates you!”, “God hates porcupines!” It’s cathartic to hear the argument yelled back at the haters who so recently visited Philadelphia: “God is love!”

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SILKEN VEILS (Pantea Productions): 2016 Fringe review 52

They recite Rumi, the poet champion of romantic love, and remind Darya how beautiful and painful love can be.

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PANGAEA: A Folk Opera (Hum’n’bards): 2016 Fringe review 27

PANGAEA: A FOLK OPERA doesn’t seem to ask a question, but gives a heartfelt answer

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WHO WOULD BE KING (Liars and Believers): 2016 Fringe review 15

An ancient story with artful clowning and spacy synth score.