Traveling Light by Lindsay Harris Friel Fringe review. Photo by Kyle Cassidy

[13.2] TRAVELING LIGHT (Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress): Fringe review

This play travels anything but light, but for aficionados—as I am—of talented and doomed Joe Orton or for those fascinated by Brian Epstein (the man who made the Beatles), the…

Holly's Dead Soldiers 2013 Fringe Festival

[19] HOLLY’S DEAD SOLDIERS (Bruce Walsh, Douglas Williams, Chris Davis): Fringe review

The play transpires in and around Bruce Walsh’s living room. (September 14 performances will take place at the home of Doug Williams.) Three collaborating playwrights share a sense of community that…

Antihero. Tribe of Fools. 2013 Philly Fringe review

[18] ANTIHERO (Tribe of Fools Theatre Company): Fringe review

Although founded ten years ago, Tribe of Fools Theatre Company really burst onto the scene with its inimitable Fringe ‘11 offering, Heavy Metal Dance Fag.  Like that show, this year’s production mixes…

The Society Jo Stromgren Kompani, Philly Fringe review

[7.1] THE SOCIETY (Jo Strømgren Kompani): Fringe review

This outrageous frolic with a ridiculous premise begins in the meeting room of a quiet, conservative French coffee society. Everything is ordered and in its place. But when—horrors!—a used tea bag…

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

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

To call this play My Big Fat Greek Endurance Test would be flippant, but it wouldn’t be far off the mark. Certainly AJAX, THE MADNESS tests the artists’ stamina and…

Avenue Q Mazeppa review

AVENUE Q (Mazeppa): A puppet oasis in the summer heat

Rob Henry and Brian Seaman, founders of Mazeppa Productions, the newest resident musical theater company in Philadelphia, offer an oasis of entertainment in the Sahara of theater’s summer down-time with…

Ed Swidey as Uncle Tom and Langston Darby as Master Hardy in UNCLE TOM'S CABIN

Afterthoughts on UNCLE TOM’S CABIN: AN UNFORTUNATE HISTORY (EgoPo)

EgoPo’s show closes at Plays & Players in Philadelphia tonight. I finally got to see it at the end of the run. The finale of their American Vaudeville Festival, UNCLE…

The Gambling Room Hella Fresh Theater

THE GAMBLING ROOM (Hella Fresh Theater): An ambitious conundrum

Hella Fresh is staging THE GAMBLING ROOM at Papermill Theater in Kensington. One of several little companies working in small neighborhood venues, Hella Fresh is contributing to the flowering of…

Michael Hollinger Theatre Exile

Studio X-hibition at Studio X

On May 6 this reviewer took in the second of three play readings in Theatre Exile’s New Play Development Series. On tap was FLESH, celebrated local playwright Michael Hollinger’s work-in-progress….

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RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE (Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental): 2012 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival

An early version of this show lit up the Live Arts Festival in ’05, and I couldn’t wait to see the latest manifestation of the collaboration between Thaddeus Phillips’ Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental and Wilhelm Bros. music. The production has grown up over the intervening years. It’s bigger, wider, and deeper, and just as amazing and magical.

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RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE (Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental): 2005 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival Workshop production

In Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental’s production, three actors and a pianist tell the story of the last three months of Edgar Allen Poe’s life as he pursues his phantoms and vice versa in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and on midnight trains.