Reviews

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…

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…

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…

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…