Fringe Festival

The 2017 Philly Fringe Festival runs September 7-24, 2017. and Phindie is the place for coverage, with previews, interviews with artists, and reviews of more Fringe theater productions than any other publication.


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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Fringe in Sketch: HOME (Geoff Sobelle)

Our personal space is our own


UBU FAUST (Broderick Jones with Leila and Pantea Productions): 2017 Fringe review

Alfred Jarry, Doctor Faustus, and Punch & Judy combine in hilarious puppetry.


BIND (Corinna Burns): 2017 Fringe review

An ambitious, unfinished work by one of Philadelphia’s best.

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Fren Banklin comes to the sketchbook reporter’s dining room.

Two of several performers who spend some time on the floor during Michael Kiley's music-movement "experience" Close Music for Bodies. Photo by Adachi Pimentel.

CLOSE MUSIC FOR BODIES (Michael Kiley): 2017 Fringe review

Anyone who has sung around a campfire can attest to the power of music to elicit feelings of closeness


LABOR OF LOVE (The Waitstaff): 2017 Fringe review

Sketch comedy group The Waitstaff is the longest continuously producing company in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. They must be doing something right.


Fringe in Sketch: MARX IN SOHO (Iron Age)

MARX IN SOLO by Howard Zinn is directed by John Doyle for Iron Age Theatre.

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#COCKTAILPLAYS (Juniper Productions): 2017 Fringe review

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


Fringe in Sketch: I, PEASEBLOSSUM (Curio Theatre)

I, PEASEBLOSSOM was a great character study for me. I wanted to keep capturing the many sides of Brian McCann.


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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WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED (Opera Philly): 2017 Fringe review

Relevant themes and ideas rarely seen on an opera stage

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THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI (DBaD Productions): 2017 Fringe review

The Fringe is an excellent place for companies to mount political protest plays


BAD ACTIVIST (Humble Mumbles): 2017 Fringe review

The story of a third-wave feminist / lefty peace activist unable to resist her essentially Orientalist fantasies


I, PEASEBLOSSOM (Curio): 2017 Fringe review

I, PEASEBLOSSOM is a lark, even compared to its light-hearted inspiration, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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

It looks like a father’s love went into the making of this big adventure, Phillips’s warmest work yet.


LEAPS OF FAITH AND OTHER MISTAKES (Almanac): 2017 Fringe review

A beautiful spectacle, full of humor, sadness, joy and handstands

Venus: Asya Zlatina and Sybil Geddes and planetary paper towels. Sketch by Aaron Krolikowski

Fringe in Sketch: STORM (Asya Zlatina and Dancers)

Asya Zlatina and Dancers flesh out Gustav Holst’s powerful Planets Suite

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Fringe in Sketch: ALCHEMIST (Mary Tuomanen & Chris Davis)

Mary Tuomamen and Chris Davis push life size keys that signal to each other through space and time