Reviews

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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.

Kate Abernethy and Rachel Icenogle rehearsing “Little Red: an improvisation” in FROM OUR LIVING ROOM by Birds on a Wire (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

FROM OUR LIVING ROOM (Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre): Fringe Review 74

FROM OUR LIVING ROOM comprises five original pieces—four duets and one solo—choreographed and performed by the all-female members of the emerging company Birds on a Wire.

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MOUNT AIRY HOME COMPANION (Saint Mad): Fringe Review 73

MOUNT AIRY HOME COMPANION borrows more than the title from its public radio namesake, capturing the lovingly corny spirit of Garrison Keillor and company.

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AFTER THE SUMMER SUN (BalletFleming): Fringe Review 72

Award-winning choreographer and artistic director Christopher Fleming has created a beautiful program of new works to open BalletFleming’s 2014-15 season.

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BROKEN ROAD (Joanna McBride): Fringe Review 71

A thought-provoking performance, BROKEN ROAD explores the tension that tears apart families. Choreographer Joanna McBride uses ballet-inspired movement, drawing from her own experience to drive the narrative. Threading together themes…

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SKIN IN THE GAME (Foreverlore): Fringe Review 70

Past mistakes haunt the promising futures of three underprivileged high school seniors when a strange benefactoroffers a full scholarship for the winner of a unspecified competition on a remote island.

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BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK (Silver Stage Company): Fringe Review 69

As a culture, we are fascinated by celebrities’ elusive personal lives. Silver Stage Company’s BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK questions the responsibility we bestow on Hollywood stars, especially actors…

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LIVING IN EXILE: A RETELLING OF THE ILIAD (Philadelphia Experimental Theatre Ensemble): Fringe Review 68

LIVING IN EXILE presents a compelling reinterpretation of the Trojan War; playwright Jon Lipsky’s script draws directly upon the Homeric tradition of oral recitation.

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PASSPORT (IshowNY Productions & Yajaira Paredes): Fringe Review 67

PASSPORT shows how not being understood can turn a person into a non-person, who can therefore be subjected to inhumane abuse.

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14 SEQUENZAS (A Change of Harp and Bowerbird): Fringe Review 66

Each of the daring and demanding 14 SEQUENZAS features virtuoso musicians and masterful performances.

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PETER PAN IS DEAD (Brandon Monokian): Fringe Review 65

The enthusiasm of this production is infectious; Fringe exists for productions just like it.

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NOT YOUR MOTHER’S MOTH (Megan Flynn & Teresa VanDenend Sorge): Fringe Review 64

Flynn and VanDenend Sorge captured the spirit of the Fringe season by experimenting within their art form as they intimately shared their pasts.

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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.

Aaron Cromie with puppets in Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen’s THE BODY LAUTREC (Photo credit: www.plate3photography.com)

THE BODY LAUTREC (Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen): Fringe Review 53.2

Aaron Cromie’s good-natured portrayal reflects the real Lautrec, who retained his artist’s eye and famed geniality even as he joined his friends in their sad retreat into alcoholism and the dementia of syphilis.

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THE YELLOW WALLPAPER (Wild Plum Productions): Fringe Review 63

Wild Plum Productions’ abridged staging of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER succeeds in capturing the chills and insight of the original work.

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BY YOU THAT MADE ME, FRANKENSTEIN (Philadelphia Opera Collective): Fringe Review 51.2

This is an opera about monsters—the Frankenstein of the title, a monster we know well from films if not from literature, and the ways in which people become monsters.

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PROJECT – THROUGH AN APERTURE (Exosphere): Fringe Review 62

This project consists of six short dance films—three by collaborators Ashley Searles and Wim Winklewagon, and three by Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Company with Carmella Vassor-Johnson.

BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (Temple Theaters): Fringe Review 61.1

Everything about BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO asserts the production as one of the best works in this year’s Fringe.

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SISTERS OF ELLERY HOLLOW BY STEPHEN SPOTSWOOD (RHolt Productions): Fringe Review 60

The show, which is all about loss and violence in a dark corner of the world, is too bright – it has no real darkness to it at all

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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.