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.

A Doll's House, EgoPo, Philadelphia Fringe review.

[8] A DOLL’S HOUSE (EgoPo Classic Theatre): Fringe review

A DOLL’S HOUSE, Henrik Ibsen’s classic tale of female confinement, is ripe for adaptation to the world of a teenage girl: the claustrophobia of a man’s world, the need to…

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…

Renegade, BATHTUB MOBY DICK, Ed Swidey, photo Daniel Kontz. Fringe review

[1.2] BATHTUB MOBY-DICK (The Renegade Company): Fringe review

Renegade’s contemporary deconstruction of Herman Melville’s classic novel about one man’s vengeful obsession with an eponymous white whale features a tour-de-force solo performance by Ed Swidey and a penetrating script…

The Ballad of Joe Hill Swim Pony Performing Arts Fringe review

[6] THE BALLAD OF JOE HILL (Swim Pony Performing Arts): Fringe review

The crumbling interior of Eastern State Penitentiary provides the perfect setting for Swim Pony’s sold-out remount of its 2006 Fringe hit THE BALLAD OF JOE HILL, an original take on…

This is the Twilight Kingdom Found Theatre Company Fringe review

[5.1] THIS IS THE TWILIGHT KINGDOM (Found Theater Company): Fringe review

“You can see–but you cannot change–the choices you have made.” That’s one character’s assessment of the afterworld in Found Theater Company’s THIS IS THE TWILIGHT KINGDOM, a devised piece directed…

2014 Fringe Festival Philadelphia

2013 Philly Fringe Festival :: the MOST coverage and Six Picks for the Festival

As its mission, Phindie provides independent coverage of Philadelphia theater and arts, with a focus on independent theater. So the Philly Fringe Festival* is a perfectly aligned two-week event. With…

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…

Muse: Body Overlooked Fringe

Fringe Preview :: Muse: The Body Overlooked and ThElastic Air Project

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted by kind permission. Site specific works are nothing new to Philadelphia but two performances in the 2013 Fringe  Festival, ThElastic Air Project and Muse:…

4Play Crack the Glass Theatre Company 2013 Philadelphia Fringe review

[4] 4PLAY (Crack the Glass Theatre Company): Fringe review

Short plays by unknown playwrights, mixed performances by rarely seen actors, an upstart company that takes statement-making risks: this is what the Fringe is all about. Polly Rose Edelstein’s Crack…

Completeness Philly Fringe review Round Table Theatre Company review

[3] COMPLETENESS (Round Table Theatre): Fringe review

“Noisy and full of crap.” That’s Molly (Clare Mahoney) describing the data one gets when trying to reduce messy living things down to mere data points. She’s a Bio grad…

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

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

Men are made into animals. Animals turn into men, and then are murdered. Bloody, bloody Ajax. His story settles in on you, in the way that something that is deeply…

2014 Fringe Festival Philadelphia

Fringe Preview 9: Center City Fringe

There’s still a cachet and a natural audience draw when a work is staged in the center of town, and that’s still where most of the theaters in town are…

New Street Dance Group presenting ChORDED Motion

Fringe Interview with New Street Dance Group presenting ChORDED Motion

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. New Street Dance Group, led by co-directors Krista Armbruster and Shannon Dooling will present ChORDED Motion on Saturday, September 14 at the First…

Bathtub Moby-Dick The Renegade Company Philly Fringe review

[1.1] BATHTUB MOBY-DICK (The Renegade Company): Fringe review

We are all searching for something in this life, and oftentimes it’s something that can’t be got. That’s Captain Ahab’s story, but it’s probably yours and probably mine too. In…

2014 Fringe Festival Philadelphia

Fringe Preview 8: Old City Fringe

Once upon a time the Old City Fringe was the Philly Fringe. Old City on the first Friday in September was the place to be, with guerrilla shows, plays in…

Mary Tuomanen as the Maid of Orleans in SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED. 2013 Philly Fringe Festival.

SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED, a preview: Really cool masks and puppety things

Aaron Cromie, one half of a double-act with Mary Tuomanen, describes with relish the process of creating their latest Fringe piece, Saint Joan, Betrayed. For Saint Joan, Betrayed, the two will…

2014 Fringe Festival Philadelphia

Fringe Preview 7: South Philly Fringe

It’s perhaps peculiar that there aren’t more established theater spaces in South Philadelphia (The Shubin and Theatre Exile’s new headquarters are lonely outposts). And in previous years, it might have…

Enormous PoCkEtZ

Fringe Preview: Recent Graduates Tackle the Fringe, Roots and Enormous PoCkEtZ

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. Between the paperwork, the deadlines and the fees, producing a show for the Fringe can intimidate even the most seasoned professionals. …

As Pretty Does Keila Cordova Dances Fringe

Fringe Interview: As Pretty Does by Keila Cordova Dances

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted by kind permission. On September 6 and 7, Keila Cordova Dances will present As Pretty Does at Temple’s Conwell Dance Theater, a journey of provoking movement and…

2014 Fringe Festival Philadelphia

Fringe Preview 6: North Liberties Fringe

For a while, Northern Liberties replaced Old City as a hub of the Fringe, with the headquarters of the former Live Arts and Philly Fringe, the festival box office, and…