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.

Brian Sanders' JUNK Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak Fringe review

[25] HUSH NOW SWEET HIGH HEELS AND OAK (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): Fringe review

Choreographer par excellence Brian Sanders creates a psycho-sexual dreamscape of children’s fairy tales and nursery rhymes morphing into adult erotic fantasies in HUSH NOW SWEET HIGH HEELS AND OAK. Multiple…

Enlightenment on E Floor North by Strange Attractor Theatre. Fringe Review

[24.1] ENLIGHTENMENT ON E FLOOR NORTH (Strange Attractor Theatre Company): Fringe review

“You’re not here.” “Yes I am.” “But you’re not supposed to be here.” —ENLIGHTENMENT ON E FLOOR NORTH Someone once said that war is months of utter boredom interspersed with…

Jennifer Blaine Dirty Joke Fringe Festival 2013 Philadelphia

Jennifer Blaine tells Phindie a DIRTY JOKE: An interview with a Fringe funnywoman

Jennifer Blaine (jenniferblaine.wordpress.com) had a one-woman show in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival for the first ten years of its existence (beginning in 1997). She has been performing original one-woman shows for…

Spoon River Anthology 2013 Philly Fringe review

[23] SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY (Manayunk Roxborough Art Center): Fringe review

Almost one hundred years ago, Edgar Lee Masters began publishing poems from the point of view of the deceased residents of Spoon River, a lightly-fictionalized version of the small towns…

Gayze: A Real Life Webseries. Fringe review 2013

[22] GAYZE: A REAL LIVE WEBSERIES (MJ/JT): Fringe review

GAYZE: A REAL LIVE WEBSERIES is rough around the edges, without a doubt. The cast aims for the cartoonish a lot of the time, and the show lays on rather…

Saint Joan, Betrayed, Mary Tuomanen, 2013 Philly Fringe review

[21] SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED (Aaron Cromie & Mary Tuomanen): 2013 Fringe review

This town knows Aaron Cromie, polymath of the arts—puppeteer, performer, director, designer of puppets, sets, and props; choreographer, musician, teacher, and writer. What else? I know there’s even more.  So…

The Society 2013 Philadelphia Fringe review

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

Let’s be real: Most theater we see these days is at least a little bit pretentious. The very nature of theater is based in pretense. We are asked to believe…

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…

Pig Iron Pay Up 2013 Philadelphia Fringe review

[20] PAY UP (Pig Iron Theatre Company with The University of the Arts): Fringe review

This is not a play. Therefore this is not a review, but a warning. If you’re looking to sit in a darkened theater watching actors execute a full-length script start-to-finish,…

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…

Tough Cookies Together We Act Fringe Review

[17] TOUGH COOKIES (Together We Act): Fringe review

First, the elephant in the room: Together We Act is a non-profit theater company for people who stutter. Now, it doesn’t take a cynical theater critic to draw the conclusion…

The Safe Word is Begonia Fringe review

[16] THE SAFE WORD IS BEGONIA (B. Someday Productions): Fringe review

Walking Fish Theatre has won accolades (including a 2010 Barrymore) for its programs in education and children’s theater. But Ari Flamingo’s THE SAFE WORD IS BEGONIA is certainly not for…

Go Long Big Softie. Photo by Kate Raines. 2013 Philly Fringe Festival

[15] GO LONG BIG SOFTIE (Groundswell Players): Fringe review

As I watch TV and lament the opportunities missed by my fantasy football team (Why didn’t I start Jimmy Graham? I’m an idiot, that’s why.) I am reminded of the…

David Stanger stars as K in the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s THE CASTLE (Photo credit: Johanna Austin, austinart.org) Fringe Review

[14] THE CASTLE (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): Fringe review

Though Franz Kafka’s work is not categorized as theater of the absurd per se, his writings have been cited as important predecessors of the genre. So it is fitting that…

Traveling Light. Lindsay Harris Friel, Fringe Review. Kyle Cassidy

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

Entering the Adrienne’s Skybox into Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress Philadelphia premiere production of TRAVELING LIGHT, I was worried. I normally abhor plays hinged around real-life famous people, like Steve Martin’s…

This is Not For You fringe reivew

[12] THIS IS NOT FOR YOU (elbow room performance): Fringe review

Julie Beauvais is a director of operas. She lives in the mountains of Switzerland. Her partner on THIS IS NOT FOR YOU is Jon Foley Sherman, a professor at Franklin &…

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[11] THE MOMENTUM (Collaboration Town): Fringe review

“This morning I woke up in the spinning hole of momentum,” begins Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell as a self-help devotee in CTown’s THE MOMENTUM, “riding momentum… like a dolphin that just…

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[10] PARTS: A SPEED-THROUGH (Drexel Players): Fringe review

PARTS: A SPEED-THROUGH is an ambitious, outside-the-box piece devised and performed by the Drexel Players. Anyone who has ever been involved in theater knows the process: you audition, you rehearse,…

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[9] BYE BYE LIVER: THE PHILADELPHIA DRINKING PLAY (The Pub Theater Company 2013): Fringe review

Good drinking companions hard to come by? This September, there’re at least six of them hanging out in Fairmount. The ensemble cast of the Pub Theater Company’s sketch comedy show…