Fringe Festival

The 2016 Philly Fringe Festival runs September 9-24, 2016. and Phindie is the place for coverage, with previews, interviews with artists, and reviews of more Fringe theater productions than any other publication.

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Fringe in Sketch: DROWNING OPHELIA

I was especially drawn to the costumes, the charming quality in the men from different time periods, and the seemingly girl into woman hood plot.

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BIRDIE’S PIT STOP (On the Rocks): 2016 Fringe review 53

Haygen Brice Walker doesn’t aim for subtlety in the roasting humor of both Millennial political correctness and stereotypical southern backwardness, but he finds rich veins of comedy in his broad mine

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SILKEN VEILS (Pantea Productions): 2016 Fringe review 52

They recite Rumi, the poet champion of romantic love, and remind Darya how beautiful and painful love can be.

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AN EVENING WITH MISTER JOHN (John Francisco/Mister John’s Music): 2016 Fringe review 51

BYOB elementary school music class: A PARTY WITH MISTER JOHN is the evening out you didn’t know you needed.

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AN OBVIOUSLY FOGGOT (Poison Apple Initiative): 2016 Fringe review 50

Sometimes brutal, but always on point, AN OBVIOUSLY FOGGOT is the explosive, vibrant queer play we’ve been waiting for in this year’s festival.

Ben Grinberg (center) and EXILE 2588 collaborators (l-r Mark Wong, Nick Gillette, Ben, Lauren Johns, Nicole Burgio). Photo by Kate Raines.

EXILE 2588 (Almanac Dance Circus Theater): 2016 Fringe review 49

A place where acrobatics meets theater, the theater meets the circus, and circus meets blue grass

Irina Varina in SPECULUM DIARIES. Photo credit: David Brick.

SPECULUM DIARIES (Irina Varina): 2016 Fringe review 48

Consider the speculum a tool for looking inward in more ways than one.

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CARRIED AWAY (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): 2016 Fringe review 47

Bridging the gap between dance and physical theater, CARRIED AWAY delivers an exciting, heartfelt, and stimulating crowd-pleaser.

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SURFACE TENSION (Tangle Movement Arts): 2016 Fringe review 46

Tangle Movement Arts is back again with a thrilling Fringe Festival performance.

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BIG CRUNCH (TOLVA/Sam Congdon): 2016 Fringe review 45

A tale of queer liberation in a predictably dystopian sci-fi world. Prepare for merciless repetition.

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GALA (Jerome Bel): 2016 Fringe review 44

Jerome Bel challenges our ideas of what a performance can be.

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SHAKESPEARE @ THE BAR: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Margo Jones Syndicate): 2016 Fringe review 43

The Bard, no longer relegated to elite theatrical institutions, has found his way to a popular University City bar.

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PANDÆMONIUM (Nichole Canuso Dance Company / Early Morning Opera): 2016 Fringe review 42.1

A testament to what Fringe can do: defy genre, defy theme, defy medium, and somehow still manage to be cohesive and emotionally haunting

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ASHES OF A DEAD PHILOSOPHY (Forgotten Lore Theatre Company): 2016 Fringe review 41

Edgar Allen Poe’s macabre imagination manifests itself through Forgotten Lore Theatre Company’s ASHES OF A DEAD PHILOSOPHY. This promenade theatre installment occupies a room in a Port Richmond warehouse. Director…

The Lozzis' talented cast hangs out "right behind" their restaurant workplace.

RIGHT BEHIND (Lozzi Productions): 2016 Fringe review 40

“Welcome to hell,” hostess Dana says upon meeting brand-new waitress Sarah

(l-r) Colleen Hughes, Kyle Yackoski, and Leah Holleran. Photo by Lewis Harder.

ANTIHERO (Tribe of Fools): 2016 Fringe review 32.2

Soaring out of the gates with effortless acrobatics, Tribe of Fools’ robust remount of ANTIHERO is a true theatrical powerhouse

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ARTSHIP OLYMPIA (Philadelphia Sculptors): 2016 Fringe review 39

Museums are always looking for ideas to bring new visitors to aging attractions, and in ARTSHIP OLYMPIA Independence Seaport Museum has found a charming, fringey way.

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ONE-MAN APOCALYPSE NOW (Chris Davis): 2016 Fringe review 38

Who but Chris Davis would even think of a ONE-MAN APOCALYPSE NOW?

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THE INSTITUTE FOR RELATIVITY STUDIES (Brian Shapiro Presents): 2016 Fringe review 37

Comedy for people who want to have a little extra to think about after the show

Love, Pasodoble style. Photo by Michael Ermilio.