Makoto Hirano in the role of Gordon Hirabayashi in Plays & Players' production of HOLD THESE TRUTHS.

HOLD THESE TRUTHS (Plays & Players): When the hero loses, we all lose

The lesser-known story of Gordon Hirabayashi, who ought to be publicly regarded as one of America’s outlying forces of justice, is told fearlessly by Makoto Hirano in Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS.

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THE SINCERITY PROJECT (Team Sunshine): Real bodies doing real things

THE SINCERITY PROJECT uses honest dialogue and candid storytelling to blend truth and creative license into a deeply resonant piece.

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THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (BrainSpunk): A seasonally spooky treat

Adapted to the stage by Andrew Leslie from Shirley Jackson’s cornerstone horror novel, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is a seasonally spooky treat.

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CIPHERS (Inis Nua): An ultra-modern spy thriller

CIPHERS displays an ultra-modern set, an unflinchingly poised cast, and all the classic elements of an intriguing spy thriller,

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#SHAMANICINTERFACES (Group Motion Multi Media Dance Theater): Fringe Review 76

Attempting to embrace “the space between…the familiar and unfamiliar” dancers run rampant through five “interfaces” of movement in #SHAMANICINTERFACES.

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RESURRECTION ROOM (Gunnar Montana): Fringe Review 75

At last year’s Fringe Fest, we entered a blood-splattered BASEMENT filled with all the torment of a broken heart. Gunnar Montana brings us into a shiny, neon-galactic RESURRECTION ROOM this year.

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BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (Temple Theaters): Fringe Review 61.2

Throughout, the play is ridden with fearful moments, guilty consciences, and serious reflections of what life may be like for creatures being surrounded by uneasiness and pain.

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THE ORGASM CHRONICLES (OneTaste Philly): Fringe Review 59

Dramatic narrators voice acutely detailed stories of sexual exploits, dating disasters/successes, and intimate gatherings.

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NELLIE/NELLIE (Antigravity Theatre Project): Fringe Review 50

NELLIE/NELLIE combines whimsy and imagaination with the true story of American journalist Nellie Bly and her 10 days in a mental institution.

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BEN TO THE FUTURE (Salamé Studios): Fringe Review 45

The creative young minds of Salamé Studios have put together a show that anyone willing to try something untrodden will enjoy

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STAND BACK I’M GONNA UKE: AN EVENING OF OLD-TIMEY MUSIC (Seth Reichgott): Fringe Review 32

Short, sweet, and a little bit uplifting. STAND BACK I’M GOING TO UKE is an enjoyable evening of old-timey music.

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CRAZYFACE (BrainSpunk): Maybe we’re crazy

From the mind that created the internationally popular ‘Clive Barker’s Books of Blood’ and the movie ‘Hellraiser’ comes another of Barker’s successes, also known as a play called CRAZYFACE. The downright madness of this three-hour play is performed by a cast of over 30 of the finest members of the local BrainSpunk Theater group.

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Gunnar Montana rises: Interview with the experimental Fringe stalwart about his show RESURRECTION ROOM

Philadelphia artist and choreographer Gunnar Montana is no stranger to the Fringe Festival. Since his show ‘RUB’ debuted in 2012, the seriously experimental Montana has brought some of the most…

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THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE (Walnut): A 60-Second Review

Some of life’s biggest journeys begin with that one small voice in our heads, telling us to take an unexpected leap of faith. As a painfully shy young girl channeling bold songstresses of the past through her deceased father’s record collection, Ellie Mooney delightfully shows audiences how to find the power within, as the star of THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE.

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HYBERNATE (Gunnar Montana): 60 Second Review

Gunnar Montana presents a jaw-dropping winter wonderland that is part art installation, part theatrical dance performances in HYBERNATE. After his sold-out BASEMENT (see Phindie’s review here) at the 2013 FringeArts…

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NO RESERVATIONS (PNAA): 60-second review

As the holiday season begins, so does the decorating process.  We all have those neighbors who take the time to remind us about the true story of Christmas, by displaying entire…

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THE JERSEY DEVIL (Berserker Residents): 60-second review

The three troupe members of the FringeArts-famous Berserker Residents will do pretty much anything to get a good laugh out of the audience. Their recently re-installed THE JERSEY DEVIL (first…

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MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET (Plays & Players): 60-second review

Is life sweet when you live in the Louisiana Bayou before an unprecedented storm hits?  For Marcus (Eric L. Fleming), life at 16 years of age is not only sweet, but…

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THE ELEPHANT ROOM (FringeArts): 60-second review

In the new FringeArts building, we are presented with what looks like a floating basement, decorated many decades ago, sitting on sloppily placed cinderblocks.  Out of pure gray smoke, three jokesters appear.  They…

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[69] BASEMENT (Gunnar Montana): Fringe Review

This is the only place where baby doll dismembering, Santa Claus chopping, guts wearing, head smashing, dub-step listening, and wrapping a woman in plastic are okay. Crawling into the BASEMENT…