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LUCKIEST KID (White Pines): 60-second review

Philly-based playwright Martha Kemper’s memoir-based LUCKIEST KID is an achievement just this side of brilliant. Playing the protagonist and main speaker in a story of a high-school girl who sleeps…

Angela Smith as Harriet Smith, Trevor William Fayle as Mr. Elton, and Lauren Sowa as Emma Woodhouse in Lantern Theater Company's production of Jane Austen's EMMA (2013). Photo by Mark Garvin.

The Perfect Company in the Perfect City: REGENCY AND REVELRY at Lantern Theater Company

It’s now two hundred years ago that the famous line was published: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be…

Alex Suha and Kevin Chick in DO NOT PUSH. Photo Credit: Kathryn Raines at Plate 3 Photography.

DO NOT PUSH (GDP): Clown Symphony

Where invention, precision and skill are present, great theater is possible. Alex Suha, creator of DO NOT PUSH, has applied all of these attributes with a clever hand. A mime-esque dramatization of…

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[76] BASTARD PIECE (No Face Performance Group): Fringe review

You are in a spacey kind of facility thing. It’s all white in there, with some technological lookin’ kinda lights. There are three doors; soon, there are three actors, too….

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[74] BEYOND THE LIGHT (Leila Ghaznavi and Pantea Productions): Fringe review

Beyond the Light is a devised puppetry/theater/music/acrobatics/dance exploring unrequited love through whimsical, nighttime wonderment. A blonde boy and a black-haired girl stand in separate shadows, glimpsing one-another across a chasm…

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Victor Fiorillo, A Doll’s House, and the role of the reviewer

A review by Victor Fiorillo of EgoPo Classic Theatre’s A Doll’s House got Phindie writer Julius Ferraro contemplating the role of reviewer. This is part of Phindie‘s ongoing series on theater criticism….

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[70] ONE YEAR (MamaCITA Five): Fringe review

Anyone stumbling into ONE YEAR by accident, like I did, will realize immediately that they had broken in on something transcendent. In front of a backdrop of white curtains, seven women…

EMANCIPATION SWEET, A PLAY WITH MUSIC (Theatre for Transformation)

[68] EMANCIPATION SWEET, A PLAY WITH MUSIC (Theatre for Transformation): Fringe review

Theatre for Transformation is a Lancaster-based company focused on performing African-American stories for diverse audiences. This active group has toured their original works to over 100 schools, college, faith groups,…

Geoff Sobelle gives an OBJECT LESSON. Philly Fringe Festival

[40.2] THE OBJECT LESSON (Geoff Sobelle): Fringe review

A bit disjointed, with long transitions, Geoff Sobelle’s contribution to this year’s Fringe Festival is best seen as a collection of short meditations on—or parodies of—clutter, large and small. The upstairs…

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[28.1] THIS IS NOT A THEATER (Navin Rawanchaikul, Navin Production): Fringe review

Navin Rawanchaikul has created an epic portrait of the history of Philly’s historic Plays and Players Theater. Hundreds of faces have been painted with photographic realism in dynamic, often silly…

Ajax, the madness. Atis Theater. Philadelphia Fringe review.

[2.1] AJAX, THE MADNESS (Attis Theatre): Fringe review

Men are made into animals. Animals turn into men, and then are murdered. Bloody, bloody Ajax. His story settles in on you, in the way that something that is deeply…

Mary Tuomanen as the Maid of Orleans in SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED. 2013 Philly Fringe Festival.

SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED, a preview: Really cool masks and puppety things

Aaron Cromie, one half of a double-act with Mary Tuomanen, describes with relish the process of creating their latest Fringe piece, Saint Joan, Betrayed. For Saint Joan, Betrayed, the two will…

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THE HOMOSEXUALS (Quince): Ten turbulent years for one young man, six friends, and an entire community

And the festivities continue at GayFest! with Philip Dawkins’s acclaimed play THE HOMOSEXUALS. Gritty and thoughtful, with a broad scope of characterizations and universally relatable themes, THE HOMOSEXUALS presented by Quince…

Nathan Foley and Brittany Holdahl in "Tying Up Loose Ends", by Cubby Altobelli. Photo credit: James Jackson (www.raveneyes.com)

NOIR (GDP): Theater fatale gets off the beaten path

Little known theater company, GDP Productions, takes a shot at classic crime cinema with NOIR. Played in the shadowy, speakeasy-like back bar of R Bar at 2222 Walnut Street, this…

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CIRQUE DU GAY (Quince): Circus in stockings and buttless chaps

Dennis Porter, part of the three-man CIRQUE DU GAY, is trolling up and down the aisle at Plays and Players Theatre in a clown suit. His face is painted white…

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Don’t Worry Philly, There Will Be Theater in August

August is not the best of theater months. For most theaters, mainstream and small, the season is still a September or October to May session. With FringeArts taking over September…

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Played in Philadelphia (PHM): The insanity of Phillies fans

I went to the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent last week on a tipoff from Mary Syndor. “The Played in Philadelphia gallery,” claims their website, “will feature changing exhibitions devoted to…

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Paradise Park (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy): Men in Dresses

If your favorite part of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was the creepy boat ride or if you even remember that scene with a tingle of cinematic delight right down in…