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.

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CAREFUL INJURIES (Other Case Notes Ensemble): 2015 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.”

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SUITE N˚2 (Encyclopédie de la Parole / Joris Lacoste): 2015 Fringe review 55

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

The beginning of the show. All are at rest. On stage (Alexa Byrd and Will Colella). And on the floor (Michael Pusey)

Fringe in Sketch 7: UNARMED (Arielle Pina)

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

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KILL WILL (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): 2015 Fringe review 54

Seven actors explain, enact, and parody a series of Shakespeare’s “bloody bits” in this fast, furious, and funny mash-up of The Bard’s iconic death and battle scenes.

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DANCES WITH SOCKS (Megan Flynn Dance): 2015 Fringe review 53

A series of short sketches of people in process. Carefully crafted dances that pulled the audience into the performers’ private worlds.

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THE CART OF LOVE/EL CARRO DEL AMOR (Ana María Ruimonte/Owlsong Productions): Fringe review 52

An ambitious art project that seeks to combine multimedia, puppeteering, a baroque chamber orchestra and the singing of mezzo-soprano Ana María Ruimonte in a bilingual presentation.

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IT’S SO LEARNING (Berserker Residents): 2015 Fringe Review 51

Go back to school with The Berserker Residents in this highly interactive ensemble-devised piece, in which you are the student and your teachers are berserk!

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ALIAS ELLIS MACKENZIE (Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental and CINEtica): 2015 Fringe review 50

Eleven skilled performers play crew or actors on the set of a Colombian TV show about 1980s American drug pilot and adventurer Barry Seal.

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UNARMED (Arielle Pina): 2015 Fringe review 49

By looking into the cultural divides between white and black Americans, UNARMED confronts a culture which teaches us to kill.

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763 MILES (Annex Dance Company and Drye/Marinaro Dance Company): 2015 Fringe review 48

Two dance companies separated by 763 miles challenge audience to find connections between works created miles away.

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TALE OF THE PHANTOM SHIP (Temple Theater’s Sidestage): 2015 Fringe review 47

A talented collective of students from Temple University present an original musical inspired by a maritime legend from historic Prince Edward Island.

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THE POP MUSICAL DIARY OF A GAY MAN (Christopher McGinnis): 2015 Fringe review 46

A fun coming-of-age musical using pop music of today and past decades, including Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Aerosmith, Rihanna, and more.

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PURGATORY (Gunnar Montana): 2015 Fringe review 45

With a dynamic set and powerful imagery, Gunnar Montana explores of the influence and power of religion in modern society.

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AMERICAN STANDARD (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): 2015 Fringe review 44

Find out what really goes on in the barn in this exciting foray into the country, as Brian Sanders’ JUNK exposes the true “American standard!”

Ranger Betty (Lizzie Spellman) leads us into an opening where in the distance an astronaut (Steven Wright) pleads for information

Fringe in Sketch 6: DAMNED DIRTY APES! (Renegade)

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

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THE LIGHT PRINCESS (Tony Lawton with Ugly Stepsister): 2015 Fringe review 43

This hilarious musical workshop reading of an adapted 19th-century fairytale is a treat for all ages!

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PUPPETDELPHIA FRINGE SLAM (Leila and Pantea Productions): 2015 Fringe review 42

Secret Life of Worms, America’s favorite sex ed teacher, singing sheep, foot-centric King of the Nerds fan fiction, and Jolly the Sperm Eating Horse.

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STILL STANDING YOU (Pieter Ampe & Guilherme Garrido / CAMPO): 2015 Fringe review 41

This exploration of manhood shows how our cultural boundaries can restrict deep, meaningful connection.

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A GREAT WAR (Iron Age): 2015 Fringe review 40

This tense, evocative play explores the eternal verities of war, sacrifice, and deceit.

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CUZZO (Aleksandra Berczynski, Roza Money and MB): 2015 Fringe review 39

With extremely short skirts, unabashed décolletage, and treacherously high heels, two women reminisce over shots at “the dirtiest of dirty dive bars”