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THE STORYTELLERS (Joy Madden): 2017 Fringe review

“We are storytellers,” Joy Madden begins.

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BYE BYE LIVER (Happy Hour Live, LLC): 2017 Fringe review

A sketch-comedy, drinking play designed to get you drunk while making you laugh at the absurdities of over-imbibing.

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AIRSWIMMING (Half Key Theater Company): 2017 Fringe review

Shuchman and Johnson take us through the trenches of psychological warfare with unforgettable performances

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#COCKTAILPLAYS (Juniper Productions): 2017 Fringe review

The best bartenders remember you by the names of the cocktails you drink.

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A BILLION NIGHTS ON EARTH (Thaddeus Phillips + Steven Dufala): 2017 Fringe review

How do you capture A BILLION NIGHTS ON EARTH in a 90 minute play while appealing to an audience aged 3-99?

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TOWN (Jolie Darrow & Jack O’Keeffe/PHIT Comedy): 2017 Fringe review

TOWN feels like a writer’s first draft. Ultimately, nothing seems to be at stake.

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SUICIDE STORIES (Elephant Room Productions): 2017 Fringe review

A surprising reminder of how good it is just to be alive.

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HOPE STREET (Christine Rich): 2017 Fringe Review

Bravo, Christine Rich, your grandfather Jimmy’s Irish eyes surely are smiling down on you.

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Revisiting PARROT TALK: A play distilled mid-run

Those fortunate enough to see both renditions of PARROT TALK witnessed in real-time flow the distillation of creative genius.

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PARROT TALK (Julius Ferraro): Like a sound wave begging to be heard

PARROT TALK follows a simple narrative arc of a woman dying on her way to the grocery store; however, nothing about her journey is linear.

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ADAPT! (Wilma): On the brink of dawn

Blanka Zizka boldly steps forth as both debut playwright and seasoned director of the semi-autobiographical ADAPT!

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IRONBOUND (Simpatico): Does this bus stop at 82nd street?

IRONBOUND takes place outside of a bus stop in front of a factory in New Jersey.

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IT’S SO LEARNING (Berserker Residents): Will this be on the test?

The Berserker Residents take us back to school

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RUMORS (Allens Lane Theater): 60-second review

Noel Hanley’s masterful treatment of Neil Simon’s RUMORS exemplifies a farce done right.

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HANDLE WITH CARE (Montgomery Theater): 60-second review

HANDLE WITH CARE is brilliantly seasoned with humor—the type found when differing cultures collide.

Photos by Paola Nogueras.

THE ELEMENTARY SPACETIME SHOW (César Alvarez): 2016 Fringe review 68.1

César Alvarez’s unique collaboration with the University of the Arts boasts a youthful cast of energetic performers who create a probing spectacle through the guise of a vaudevillian show broaching…

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THE LONG TIDES (Nicole Quenelle): 2016 Fringe review 62

The layering of story elements, occasional improv, and comedic repetition accompanied with robust sound design breathes life into each new scene

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HER: THE FEMALE EXPERIENCE FROM BIRTH TO DEATH (Basement Poetry): 2016 Fringe review 22

An invitation to dwell inside the place that is unarguably woman, the womb

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BEFORE I DIE (Tongue & Groove): 2016 Fringe review 17

The talented, quick-witted ensemble cast of comedians are accompanied by a live musician whose witty commentary drives plot forward.

Photo credit: Miss Siona Stone.

Fishtown Fringe Preview #4: A COCOON OF YOUR OWN MAKING

The latest in a series of previews of shows in the Fishtown Fringe segment of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.