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.


BYE BYE LIVER: THE PHILADELPHIA DRINKING PLAY (Happy Hour Live): 2015 Fringe review 38

This funny and crude bar show blends sketch comedy with popular drinking games.

2. ANDY, Candy and Andys, phto DMMercier

ANDY: A POPERA (Opera Philadelphia & The Bearded Ladies): 2015 Fringe Review 37

An exciting multi-media collaboration reflects the operatic life and times of Andy Warhol and the Pop Sixties.


THE BORDER (Jo Strømgren Kompani): 2015 Fringe review 32.2

THE BORDER delivers on all the essential aspects of Scandinavian life: there’s dry humor, a self-deprecating take on one’s life and, of course, melancholic dance music.

1. Renegade, DAMNED DIRTY APES! ensemble

DAMNED DIRTY APES! (Renegade): 2015 Fringe Review 36

Wear sturdy shoes for this wild mile-and-a-half theatrical expedition through FDR Park, where humans are pitted against apes and hilarity ensues!


THERE (Jo Strømgren Kompani): 2015 Fringe review 35

You would be excused for not understanding exactly what is going on in THERE: the dialog is all in a Russianish nonsense language


THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO NEIGHBORLY CONDUCT (Tangle Movement Arts): 2015 Fringe review 34

Highly trained and expressive performers introduce viewers to girls’ life, relationships and strength through their acrobatic and astonishing circus arts.


MUSICIAN, MODEL & MEDICAL EXPERIMENT (Anomie Fatale): 2015 Fringe review 33

Fatale recounts her tragedies, infusing humor through her narrative, music, and burlesque numbers.

A Fringe review of Brian Feldmans DISHWASHER was the most popular review of 2015.

DISHWASHER (Brian Feldman): 2015 Fringe review 10.2

DISHWASHER exposes a reality of life: Performing a monologue can be a service just like washing a dish


THE BORDER (Jo Strømgren Kompani): 2015 Fringe review 32.1

This scintillating exploration of the territorial tensions between a man and a woman takes us beyond the cubicle walls to the dynamic boundaries of human relations.

1. AVAILABLE LIGHT, LA, pto LawrenceKHo

AVAILABLE LIGHT (Lucinda Childs Dance Company): 2015 Fringe Review 31

Three progenitors of 20th-century Minimalism—Lucinda Childs, John Adams, and Frank Gehry–teamed up to create a stunning program of dance, sound, and space.

Dancer Jennifer Rose in Olive Princes OF OUR REMNANTS. Photo by Kaitlin Chow.

OF OUR REMNANTS (Olive Prince Dance): 2015 Fringe review 30

In OF OUR REMNANTS, the utilitarian object is one of comfort, and comfort is an act of avoidance.

2. Found, CITY OF WOES, Phoebe, Kerry, Ali, Matt, phto HPathak

CITY OF WOES (Found): 2015 Fringe Review 29

A fluid stylistic synthesis of Dante’s Inferno with 1940s crime fiction, this ensemble-devised work is profound and affecting.


SOMETIMES CALLIE AND JONAS DIE (Poison Apple Initiative): 2015 Fringe review 28

This is hot, rough, and in-your-face low budget theater, and it’s matched by a raw and shit-kicking theater show.


FISH & BEAUREGARD (Viscosity Theatre): 2015 Fringe review 27

A shy boy, his pet fish, and an outgoing girl teach us that allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is important, no matter how old we are.

Brian Feldman washing dishes at the sink. Mea Schiff, brings up the rear of the dish drying line.

Fringe in Sketch 5: DISHWASHER (Brian Feldman)

Sketch artist Aaron Krolikowski attended a performance of Brian Feldman’s DISHWASHER, sketchbook in hand.


REIMAGINE YOUR REALITY (Frank Perri): 2015 Fringe review 26

Put aside any assumptions about hypnosis when you enter the stage area of REIMAGINE YOUR REALITY. And then your dignity.

1. Sam Tower, 901 Nowhere Street Merri Rashoyan, phto Kate Raines

901 NOWHERE STREET (Sam Tower + Ensemble): 2015 Fringe Review 25

The mysterious world of film noir is given a new twist as an all-female cast reconfigures the traditionally male crime-detective genre.


HERE AT HOME (Soledad Ensemble): 2015 Fringe review 24

Marisol Rosa-Shapiro’s hilarious solo performance explores play, imagination, and how we create safe, welcoming spaces.

The "bacholorettes" of slaughter/ette.

Fringe in Sketch 4: SLAUGHTER/ETTE (Butter & Serve)

As part of Phindie’s coverage of the 2015 Fringe Festival, we are having artists sketch what they see at select Fringe shows. Here’s what Chuck Schultz saw at SLAUGHTER/ETTE. [Mascher Space Cooperative,…


THREE SISTERS AND A WOLF (Wee Keep Company): 2015 Fringe review 23

By exploring the way performances interact with the world in which they are made, THREE SISTERS AND A WOLF shows how Chekhov can thrive in the wilds of PA.