Fringe reviews

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

Illicit lovers Jacques (Chase Byrd) and Francoise (Felicia Leicht) resist temptation, Photo by Ashley LaBonde and Wide Eyed Studios (3)

THE CAPTIVE (PAC): Fringe review 5

Although it has lost the shock value (lesbianism!) it had in the 1920s, it is easy to see why PAC were attracted to this forgotten play.

2. HVS, 50 DAYS, JAhmed, HVS, phto Dave Sarrafian

FIFTY DAYS AT ILIAM (Hannah Van Sciver): Fringe review 4

This original ensemble-devised piece explores the inspiration and moods of expressionist painter Cy Twombly’s series of canvases on the theme of the Trojan War.

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TILL BIRNAM WOOD… (John Schultz): Fringe review 3

Shakespeare blindfolded: In the darkness, Shakespeare is illuminated.


THE SHOPLIFTERS (1812 Productions): Fringe review 2

An uproarious look into the reasons people steal, and why others chase them

2. IRC, EXIT THE KING, RHutter, SGiddings, photo JAustin

EXIT THE KING (IRC): Fringe Review 1

Ionesco’s absurdist tragicomedy on death and the human condition comes to life in Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s hilarious and affecting production.


Fishtown Fringe Preview #3: A GREAT WAR (Iron Age Theatre)

The latest in a series of previews of shows in the Fishtown Fringe segment of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Phindie's Official Fringe Bike Tour

The Fringe in nine and a half hours: the Phindie Fringe Bike Tour Diaries (part two)

Nine point five hours, five pieces of theater, ten bicyclists, and no great plan on how we’re gonna eat: that was the format for day two of PHINDIE’S OFFICIAL FRINGE BIKE TOUR.


DOUBLE BATMAN (Frank Perri): Fringe Review 87

Frank Perri’s DOUBLE BATMAN is a powerful monologue of loss, withdrawal, and reemergence basically explaining why he is doing a powerful monologue of loss, withdrawal, and reemergence.


LOVERTITS (Annie Wilson): Fringe review 86

The topic of Annie Wilson’s LOVERTITS is the female body. But the bodies are at turns irreverent, nonchalant, non-sexualized.


POE-A-THON (Night Hawks): Fringe Review 85

“Hammy, I said—a bit of a ham.” that’s how a character in POE-A-THON describes Edgar Allan Poe, speaking volumes about the approach taken by Night Hawks.


SPLICE (Leah Stein Dance Company): Fringe Review 84

In SPLICE, a single flat wave of board whoops its way through the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, which consists of about four rooms, vaguely defined by false walls.


WOMEN UN PLUGGED (Dretwin Productions): Fringe Review 83

WOMEN UN PLUGGED is about women and what they say to each other when they think no one is looking.


BROKEN PEOPLE (David DelBianco): Fringe Review 82

There is quite a lot of yelling in BROKEN PEOPLE, the new show by local actor and playwright David DelBianco.

One of the last shows at the Shubin: Emily Schuman's Fringe show Fando y Lis.

FANDO Y LIS (Emily Schuman): Fringe Review 81

Fernando Arrabal’s FANDO Y LIS stands as an exemplar of mid-20th century modernism, alongside other practitioners of the Theater of the Absurd.


IN THE PONY PALACE/ FOOTBALL (Half Saddle): Fringe Review 80

With dialogue like “I thought this player was a golden unicorn in the last game” the presentation is recognizable, but slightly askew, and ten times more fun


100% PHILADELPHIA (Rimini Protokoll): Fringe Review 79

Statistics tell us about our city, but the story is fragmentary and incomplete. To fill out the picture, Rimini Protokoll recruited 105 real Philadelphians.

Clay and Tara visit WetlLand

WETLAND (Mary Mattingly): Fringe Review 78

Since the WETLAND exhibit is a free ‘installation’ piece, we visited, filmed, spoke, and voila: a VIDEO blog.


WHAT NARWHALS TALK ABOUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT LOVE (Grace Mi-He Lee and Leslie Elkins): Fringe Review 77

Grace Mi-He Lee and Leslie Elkins set their work in Lee’s living room of her small home in South Philly in the on-and-off tradition of the Rowhouse Fringe.


#SHAMANICINTERFACES (Group Motion Multi Media Dance Theater): Fringe Review 76

Attempting to embrace “the space between…the familiar and unfamiliar” dancers run rampant through five “interfaces” of movement in #SHAMANICINTERFACES.

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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.