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.


THE EXTRA PEOPLE (Ant Hampton): Fringe review 71

A commentary on technology, as well as a platform for cultural and philosophic questions


BELLOWS FALLS (Leah Stein Dance Company): Fringe review 70

Stein makes you notice things about the Iron Factory that you would not have noticed before


SECOND SKULL (Sothis Music-Theater Ensemble): Fringe review 69

Sothis devises experimental theater to call attention to collective and conscious freedom.


BOING! (Vervet Dance): Fringe review 68

The Philadelphia Fringe Festival aims to celebrate innovation and creativity, and Vervet Dance certainly lived up to that goal


WALLS (Darcy Lyons): Fringe review 67

Covering everything from a cell wall to the Great Wall of China, WALLS explores of how walls—and the acts which build and destroy them—shape lives


SOUL PROJECT (David Zambrano): Fringe review 66

An intensely physical performance rooted in an extreme manifestation of experience, SOUL PROJECT, is able to create a powerful reaction of joy and passion

New Sad Slide

NOT FOR PROFIT (Ferdinand): Fringe review 64

A theater company, in the midst of financial crisis, ventures into new and risky territory in its upcoming production of The Tempest.


100 (Sam Henderson): Fringe review 63

100 is more than an elegantly written play told in random pieces—it’s an intense experience if you are open to it.

They must take the truck out and find Wojtek.

Fringe in Sketch 9: SOLDIER BEAR (Leila and Pantea Productions)

As part of Phindie’s coverage of the 2015 Fringe Festival, Aaron Krolikowski is attending a series of shows and sketching what he sees.


2,000 MOVEMENTS (Gregory Holt): Fringe review 62

An exploration of unrepeated and layered movements, Gregory Holt’s 2,000 MOVEMENTS is a living archive of body and space

2. Rev Shakes, LLL pre-show concert, photo LBerkowitz (1)

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Revolution Shakespeare): Fringe review 61

A clever new take on Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy imparts the flavor of 1960’s-70s Americana with live country-rock music and a multi-talented cast of actors/singers/musicians.

Josh Hartman conducting the music to the right of the stage. Tod Kirkes in the audience

Fringe in Sketch 8: JUMP THE MOON (Philadelphia Opera Collective)

As part of Phindie’s coverage of the 2015 Fringe Festival, Aaron Krolikowski is attending a series of shows and sketching what he sees.

Denise Shubin 1


Charles Dickens comes undead at this haunting site-specific show.

2. Ballet Fleming, INTO THE LIGHTS, rehearsal, Amanda Hill and Nick Peregrino

INTO THE LIGHTS (Dancefusion & Ballet Fleming): Fringe review 59

Modern dance meets contemporary ballet in an expressive collaboration by two of Philadelphia’s top-notch companies.

BalletX dancer Caili Quan. Photo by Bill Hebert.

IN TRANSIT: DANCE|MUSIC|THEATER (FringeArts / PMA): Fringe review 58

Staged in the American Art Galleries in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this interactive pop-up work of art, gives a new insight into how to “experience” the visual arts. Audience members are…


JUMP THE MOON (Philadelphia Opera Collective): Fringe review 57.2

o subtitles necessary to hear praises sung for women astronomers of the late 19th century.

1. POC, JUMP THE MOON, ACrosby, KKunkle, ptho JWallace

JUMP THE MOON (Philadelphia Opera Collective): Fringe review 57.1

An experimental world-premiere opera gives voice to the unsung women heroes of astrophysics at Harvard in the 1890s, with a cutting-edge score, non-linear libretto, and expressionist movement.


CAREFUL INJURIES (Other Case Notes Ensemble): Fringe review 56

Composed as a series of vignettes, CAREFUL INJURIES “began as an examination of physical states and expressions of comfort, fear, and exhaustion.”


SUITE N˚2 (Encyclopédie de la Parole / Joris Lacoste): Fringe review 55

Part chorale work, part theater, and part compelling curated art, this peculiarly affecting piece examines the diversity of contemporary communication.