Reviews

CELEBRATING DANCE (Dancefusion & 360° Dance Company)

[60] CELEBRATING DANCE (Dancefusion & 360° Dance Company): Fringe review :: Then/Now

Excerpted from thINKingDANCE.net. I was riveted. Eve Gentry’s Tenant of the Street (1938) held me breathless as Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, of 360° Dance Company, pushed her deeply curved body through the space of Mandell Theater’s…

Break/Drift/Resist, Tangle Movement Arts, fringe review

[59] BREAK/DRIFT/RESIST (Tangle Movement Arts): Fringe review :: Tonight I watch a mantis-limbed woman…

Excerpted from thINKingDANCE.net. Swings, hoops and ropes hang expectantly in the rectangular cavern that is Philadelphia Soundstages, drawing my gaze up and seeming to wait for a life giving touch. Tangle…

OUT OF TIME (Colin Dunne) Fringe review Philadelphia

[58] OUT OF TIME (Colin Dunne): Fringe review

Dim lighting, old motion clips, tap shoes, broad sounds, and internationally acclaimed Colin Dunne in the flesh, calling Irish dance “exhibitionistic”: these elements and more make up OUT OF TIME….

The Iron Factory Presents: allendance and Tori Lawrence + Co., The Iron Factory, Fringe review

[57] The Iron Factory Presents (allendance and Tori Lawrence + Co.): Fringe review ::

Excerpted from thINKingDANCE.net. Brushing back hair. Stringed instruments. Momentous lifts. Placing and replacing of bodies. Instant transitions between sustained and staccato movement. These were shared elements in a Fringe Festival bill…

THE TALKBACK (Berserker Residents)

[56.1] THE TALKBACK (Berserker Residents): Fringe review

Every now and then we need to take a step back and look at the art of theater from a distance—through a microscope, in a vacuum, stripped of its pretense…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM HUNTER (Zacherle)

[55] HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM HUNTER (Zacherle): 2013 Fringe review

There is no more special honor than to be thrown a birthday party, after all one “can never stop someone’s birthday, even if you kill the person”.  Zacherle (Rick Horner) is a…

Leah Stein Dance Company ADJACENT SPACES Fringe review

[54] ADJACENT SPACES (Leah Stein Dance Company): Fringe review

Published by The Dance Journal. Republished with kind permission. Leah Stein‘s ADJACENT SPACES is an elegiac chamber dance that interacts with the incredible rooms at Shiloh Baptist Church at 21st and Christian Street. In…

Griffin Stanton-Ameisen and Sean Bradley star in Matchbox Theatre Project’s THE PLAYDATERS (Photo credit: Lens Spark Photography) Fringe review

[53] THE PLAYDATERS (Matchbox Theatre Project): Fringe review

More bromance than rom-com, with an outrageously funny and scathing commentary on the lingering immaturity and adolescent fixations of America’s Gen Y, Neil Haven’s THE PLAYDATERS exposes the interpersonal ineptitude…

Reasonable Doubt, Philly Improv Theater, Fringe review

[52] REASONABLE DOUBT (Philly Improv Theater): Fringe review

Philly Improv Theater has a great concept on their hands with REASONABLE DOUBT. They start off with one suggestion from the audience. From there the cast recreates an entire court…

ASYLUM (Rainy Day Players) Fringe review

[51] ASYLUM (Rainy Day Players): Fringe review

Grown-ups aren’t frightened by monsters under the bed. The real ones to worry about lay there right next to us, whispering away in the dark. If we manage to sleep,…

Found Theater Company, This Is the Twilight Kingdom,

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

Devised and performed by Found Theater Company, and helmed by co-founder Sean Lally in an impressive directorial debut, THIS IS THE TWILIGHT KINGDOM takes a telling look at our space-age…

IF I WERE A DRAG QUEEN, I WOULD BE FAMOUS (Shannon Agnew)

[50] IF I WERE A DRAG QUEEN, I WOULD BE FAMOUS (Shannon Agnew): Fringe review

Keep an eye (and an ear) out for Shannon Agnew. Her new show, IF I WERE A DRAG QUEEN, I WOULD BE FAMOUS, is a multimedia cabaret filled to the…

Life and Times, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Fringe review

[49] LIFE AND TIMES: EPISODE 2 (Nature Theater of Oklahoma): Fringe review

Published by The Dance Journal. Republished with kind permission. LIFE AND TIMES chronicles a life from childhood to adulthood, in painful, embarrassing, mind numbing detail. Episode two (of five) tracks the lives of…

FEDERAL DETENTION: THE MUSICAL (The Panic Hour)

[48] FEDERAL DETENTION: THE MUSICAL (The Panic Hour): Fringe review

When the members of the Panic Hour talk about 9/11, reptilians, and the Federal Reserve, I don’t think they’re kidding. Imagine if Ron Paul wrote a musical for Glenn Beck…

The Tools of Ignorance Present: High Cheese

[47] THE TOOLS OF IGNORANCE PRESENT: HIGH CHEESE (Tools of Ignorance): Fringe review

It’s a shame theater and sports don’t intersect more often. The goings-on of the four major professional sports—especially in Philadelphia—never fail to provide fans with a rollicking mixture of tragedy…

Jess Conda in Eternal Glamnation

[46] ETERNAL GLAMNATION (Brat Productions): Fringe review

A remount of Jess Conda’s gloriously glitzy glam-rock musical that enjoyed a smash-hit world premiere at the 2012 Fringe, Brat Productions’ ETERNAL GLAMNATION invaded this year’s Festival for a two-night…

On the Concept of the Face Regarding the Son of God

[45] ON THE CONCEPT OF THE FACE REGARDING THE SON OF GOD (Societas Raffaello Sanzio): Fringe review

Life involves shit and gets messy. Life is anguish and suffering. Life is also care, love, frustration, solace, and release. Life is not easy for the faint-hearted or weak-stomached to get through….

photo by Johanna Austin Dutch Masters Azuka fringe review

[44] DUTCH MASTERS (Azuka Theatre): Fringe review

1992. It’s sixteen years before Barack Obama is elected president, but New York City has its first (and still only) black mayor, David Dinkins, soon to lose a race-focused election…

Jennifer Blaine Dirty Joke Fringe review

[43] DIRTY JOKE (Jennifer Blaine/5,000 Women): Fringe review

Actor/comedian Jennifer Blaine was a feature of the Philly Fringe for its first decade. Returning for the first time since 2007, she brings back one of her most popular characters…

Leo, Y2D Productions, Chamäleon Productions, William Bonnet, Fringe review

[42] LEO (Y2D Productions, in association with Chamäleon Productions): Fringe review

Montreal-based performer William Bonnet (formerly of 7 Fingers, who delighted in last year’s Philadelphia Live Arts with Sequence 8) executes a seamless blend of dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, magic, and mime…