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METAMORPHOSES (Arden): A swim with the gods

This visceral production explains why humans act the way that we do, and reveres love as the most sacred of experiences.

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NOT FOR PROFIT (Ferdinand): 2015 Fringe review 64

A theater company, in the midst of financial crisis, ventures into new and risky territory in its upcoming production of The Tempest.

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THE POP MUSICAL DIARY OF A GAY MAN (Christopher McGinnis): 2015 Fringe review 46

A fun coming-of-age musical using pop music of today and past decades, including Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Aerosmith, Rihanna, and more.

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BYE BYE LIVER: THE PHILADELPHIA DRINKING PLAY (Happy Hour Live): 2015 Fringe review 38

This funny and crude bar show blends sketch comedy with popular drinking games.

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HERE AT HOME (Soledad Ensemble): 2015 Fringe review 24

Marisol Rosa-Shapiro’s hilarious solo performance explores play, imagination, and how we create safe, welcoming spaces.

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BE HERE NOW (Bright Invention): SoLow review

Eva Farrell explores being present and mindful through play, and how genuine human connection through art and recreation have uplifted her from childhood trauma.

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THE DREAMS WITHIN US (or, ALL DAY AFFAIR) (Frank Nardi): SoLow review

Come in, grab a name tag, pour yourself a cup of coffee – it’s always free! In THE DREAMS WITHIN US – or “All Day Affair” as its working title…

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HANDS UP (Flashpoint): From micro- to macro- aggressions

As the nation mourns the victims of over-zealous policing, Flashpoint Theatre Company’s HANDS UP attempts to make sense of this injustice.

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BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK (Silver Stage Company): Fringe Review 69

As a culture, we are fascinated by celebrities’ elusive personal lives. Silver Stage Company’s BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK questions the responsibility we bestow on Hollywood stars, especially actors…

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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EXPERIMENT #39 (The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure): Fringe review 22

Those who dread audience participation should beware of the IPA’s work—this quixotic, immersive walking tour into the urban ether requires that you play along. On your personalized journey, friendly strangers lead you through memories, as well as your ties to the city of Philadelphia.

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THEOREM (Greg Kennedy): Fringe Review 11

Cirque du Soleil alumnus Greg Kennedy toys with the concepts of innovation, invention, and collaboration through circus arts in his new performance THEOREM.

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AE$OP (The Drexel Players): Fringe review 6

The Drexel Players bring us with their adaptation of Aesop’s fables, AE$OP, re-hashing the fables’ warnings concerning might and deception, but subvertting others for our society in which money speaks the loudest.

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THE HAUNTED HOST (Quince Productions): Neon Nihilism

On a favor called in by a friend, the misanthropic Jay agrees to let a traveling college drop-out, Frank, crash on his couch for the night. Jay has given up on his dream of becoming a writer, while Frank eagerly seeks advice and guidance on his own play. However, in a great display of “neon nihilism,” Jay teases and bullies his straight guest Frank, who looks uncannily similar to Jay’s recently deceased boyfriend. As these men come to understand each other, and themselves, we discover what it means to sacrifice yourself for lovers, friends, and art.