Fringe reviews

Reviews of theater and performing arts events in the 2013 Philly Fringe Festival. Phindie is providing more critical coverage of the festival than any other publication in Philadelphia.

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[78] STUDY HALL (Philly Improv Theater): Fringe review

The conceit of Philly Improv Theater’s STUDY HALL is that we the audience are a bunch of prep school students, awaiting a lecture in an auditorium. A few uniformed “classmates”…

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[77] BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL (Life Theater Company): Fringe review

Weekly World News is known for a lot of things, but heartfelt sentiment isn’t one of them. Surprising, then, that the tabloid birthed BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL, an honest-to-goodness tearjerker…

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[76] BASTARD PIECE (No Face Performance Group): Fringe review

You are in a spacey kind of facility thing. It’s all white in there, with some technological lookin’ kinda lights. There are three doors; soon, there are three actors, too….

Kristen Minsky at REGGIE'S BRODIE. Photo credit: Bill Edwards

[75] REGGIE’S BRODIE: A VAUDEVILLE EXTRAVAGANZA (Cut House Productions): Fringe review

Is your only experience with burlesque the 2010 Christina Aguilera / Cher movie? Never fear: the good people of Cut House Productions are here to help, with a show so…

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[74] BEYOND THE LIGHT (Leila Ghaznavi and Pantea Productions): Fringe review

Beyond the Light is a devised puppetry/theater/music/acrobatics/dance exploring unrequited love through whimsical, nighttime wonderment. A blonde boy and a black-haired girl stand in separate shadows, glimpsing one-another across a chasm…

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[73] ROOTS (AKA performance): Fringe review

AKA performance is a new dance collective, formed by young choreographers Katrina Atkin, Ann-Marie Gover, and Alessandra Delle Grotti to showcase their individual approaches to dance. Finding a good balance…

XY Scheherazade Unstuck Theater

[72] XY SCHEHERAZADE (Unstuck Theater): Fringe review

XY SCHEHERAZADE works very hard to conjure the moment when “a story that you’re telling a friend becomes, for a minute, a shared perspective.” But it deploys about every tool…

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[71] STRIPPED OF COMMON SENSE (Joint Bender Productions): Fringe review

“Back to the grind. Literally.” So begins a shift for five young women, dancing for a living. Set in the dressing room of a strip club, STRIPPED OF COMMON SENSE…

ONE YEAR (MamaCITA Five)

[70] ONE YEAR (MamaCITA Five): Fringe review

Anyone stumbling into ONE YEAR by accident, like I did, will realize immediately that they had broken in on something transcendent. In front of a backdrop of white curtains, seven women…

BASEMENT (Gunnar Montana)

[69] BASEMENT (Gunnar Montana): Fringe Review

This is the only place where baby doll dismembering, Santa Claus chopping, guts wearing, head smashing, dub-step listening, and wrapping a woman in plastic are okay. Crawling into the BASEMENT…

EMANCIPATION SWEET, A PLAY WITH MUSIC (Theatre for Transformation)

[68] EMANCIPATION SWEET, A PLAY WITH MUSIC (Theatre for Transformation): Fringe review

Theatre for Transformation is a Lancaster-based company focused on performing African-American stories for diverse audiences. This active group has toured their original works to over 100 schools, college, faith groups,…

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[67] LUCINDA’S BED (Brainspunk Theater): Fringe review

Mia McCullough’s LUCINDA’s BED has a great premise: a monster hiding under a young girl’s bed continues to haunt her into adulthood. The monster (Brendan Whelan) may take the form…

THE TALKBACK (The Berserker Residents)

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

You know that scene at the end of The Matrix (spoiler alert) where Neo sees the green code and jumps into Agent Smith’s belly and makes him explode, and then calls somebody…

HATCH (Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre): Fringe review

[66] HATCH (Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre): Fringe review

An exciting new company with a promising future, Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre presents a mini-festival of six short world-premiere performances in HATCH. Led by Artistic Director Melissa Rodis,…

A MYSTERY? (Dragon’s Eye Theatre)

[65] A MYSTERY? (Dragon’s Eye Theatre): Fringe review

Picture the scene:  You are a child under ten years old; you meet three other children, each quite young, Brendan (Patrick Lamborn) is a mandolin prodigy and an Elvis impersonator.  After an…

Moses(es) Reggie Wilson Fist & Heel Performance Group

[64] MOSES(ES) (Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group): Fringe Review

They are some of the oldest and most widely known stories in the books. They are stories of migrations, grueling journeys, and burning destinies.  They are about freeing wrongly enslaved groups of…

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[63] GLOW (Kaleid Theatre): Fringe review

Though we’re all connected 24/7 via cell phones, Facebook, email, texting, and blogging, there is a human disconnect in our current state of existence, in our need to validate ourselves…

GET REAL. COMEDY YOU CAN BELIEVE IN! (Visible Friends Network)

[62] GET REAL. COMEDY YOU CAN BELIEVE IN! (Visible Friends Network): Fringe review

Visible Friends Network was founded towards the end of 2012, around the time of the purported Mayan Apocalypse. Some people responded to the non-stop discussion of that new age nonsense…

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[40.2] THE OBJECT LESSON (Geoff Sobelle): Fringe review

A bit disjointed, with long transitions, Geoff Sobelle’s contribution to this year’s Fringe Festival is best seen as a collection of short meditations on—or parodies of—clutter, large and small. The upstairs…

Cavidad, Enza DePalma, Fringe review

[61] CAVIDAD (Enza DePalma): Fringe review :: Strangers in a Void

Excerpted from thINKingDANCE.net. There’s some strong male/female attraction buzzing through CAVIDAD, but it never loses its cool feel. The dancers come together in various combinations, relating, but keeping their distance, investigating—then…