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.

photo by Johanna Austin Dutch Masters Azuka fringe review

[44] DUTCH MASTERS (Azuka Theatre): Fringe review

1992. It’s sixteen years before Barack Obama is elected president, but New York City has its first (and still only) black mayor, David Dinkins, soon to lose a race-focused election…

Jennifer Blaine Dirty Joke Fringe review

[43] DIRTY JOKE (Jennifer Blaine/5,000 Women): Fringe review

Actor/comedian Jennifer Blaine was a feature of the Philly Fringe for its first decade. Returning for the first time since 2007, she brings back one of her most popular characters…

Leo, Y2D Productions, Chamäleon Productions, William Bonnet, Fringe review

[42] LEO (Y2D Productions, in association with Chamäleon Productions): Fringe review

Montreal-based performer William Bonnet (formerly of 7 Fingers, who delighted in last year’s Philadelphia Live Arts with Sequence 8) executes a seamless blend of dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, magic, and mime…

DREADFULLY WHITE (Susan Pope) Fringe review

[41] DREADFULLY WHITE (Susan Pope): Fringe review

For the first few years of the Philly Fringe, it cost like five dollars to see a show. You could take a gamble on shows that looked interesting but risky….

Geoff Sobelle gives an OBJECT LESSON. Philly Fringe Festival

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

Object lesson: A demonstration of a principle using a material object, which forms the basis of the lesson and is available to be inspected. —Collins English Dictionary Geoff Sobelle encourages…

Six Feet (Above And) Under: A Graveyard Cabaret by REV Theatre Company

[39] SIX FEET (ABOVE AND) UNDER: A GRAVEYARD CABARET (REV Theatre Company): Fringe review

The sun has set at Laurel Hill Cemetery. A half-moon barely illuminates the gravestones, with faint shadows moving about off in the distance. There is a (very generously portioned) cocktail…

Chlamydia dell'Arte MORE Sex-Ed Burlesque

[38] MORE SEX-ED BURLESQUE (Chlamydia dell’Arte): Fringe review

The delightful and hilarious ladies of Chlamydia dell’Arte—Gigi Naglak and Meghann Williams—would like to educate you. They would like to sing you a song about the etiquette of butt sex….

ALL THE SEX I’VE EVER HAD (Mammalian Diving Reflex) 2013 Philadelphia Fringe review

[37] ALL THE SEX I’VE EVER HAD (Mammalian Diving Reflex): Fringe review

At Plays & Players, a serene air of sophistication, and a soothing nostalgia of productions past blanket the crowd of the fully seated theater. The lights are dimmed just slightly,…

Polygon Comedy Presents: The Fringe!

[36] POLYGON COMEDY PRESENTS: THE FRINGE! (Polygon Independent Comedy): Fringe review

Courtesy of Philly “Art” Blog. Performing at POLYGON COMEDY PRESENTS: THE FRINGE! were Rosen and Milkshake and Alex Pearlman, local acts with previous stand-up credentials and unpretentious indie appeal. Rosen and Milkshake were up…

Philadelphia Opera Collective’s OPERA MACABRE: EDGAR ALLAN POE Fringe review

[35] OPERA MACABRE: EDGAR ALLAN POE (Philadelphia Opera Collective): Fringe review

An original chamber opera by the exciting young Philadelphia Opera Collective, OPERA MACABRE—which fittingly opened on Friday the 13th!—captures all the hair-raising suspense and psychological disturbance of Edgar Allan Poe’s…

Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s THE SEA PLAYS Fringe review

[32.2] THE SEA PLAYS (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective): Fringe review

Eugene O’Neill’s early maritime heart-wrenchers, Bound East for Cardiff and In the Zone, are brought to life in the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s devastatingly effective site-specific production of THE SEA PLAYS….

Where (we) Live by Sō Percussion

[34] WHERE (WE) LIVE (So Percussion): Fringe review

Like vague early childhood memories of “home”, the eight players of WHERE (WE) LIVE assemble without an introduction, scattering to spaces cluttered with objects, lights, and instruments. Beer brewers begin…

Paperback Dreadful Shannon House Fringe Review Arden Theatre Lobby

[33] PAPERBACK DREADFUL (Shannon House): Fringe review

Improv is the jam band genre of theater: it often seems more fun to do than fun to watch. Sure, it provides tools to young actors and throws up occasional…

Enlightenment on E Floor North by Strange Attractor Theatre. Fringe Review

[24.2] ENLIGHTENMENT ON E FLOOR NORTH (Strange Attractor Theatre Company): Fringe review

ENLIGHTENMENT ON E FLOOR NORTH explores the absurdities of employment in the most unlikely of places – the galleries of an art museum where four security guards toil away by mindlessly…

Keith Conallen, David Blatt, and Brian McCann in PAC's THE SEA PLAYS, part of the 2013 Philly Fringe.

[32.1] THE SEA PLAYS (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective): Fringe review

With a series of celebrated readings and full productions (including 2012 Fringe hit The Creditors) Philadelphia Artists’ Collective has established a reputation as one of the best independent companies in…

Erik Ransom. Photo by Debra Miller.

[31] TRAGIC EVENTS (Erik Ransom): Fringe review

One of the best bonuses of Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival is the nightly after-party at the Festival Bar (this year at Underground Arts), where everyone can relax, mingle, grab a bite,…

This is Not a Theater Fringe review

[28.2] THIS IS NOT A THEATER (Navin Rawanchaikul, Navin Production): Fringe review

You know those commercials at the movies that play for fifteen minutes before the trailers? You don’t want them, you don’t care about them, but you accept them as part…

The Living Newspaper Liz Magic Laser 2013 Philadelphia Fringe review photo

[30] THE LIVING NEWSPAPER (Liz Magic Laser): Fringe review

Given that you have to sit suffering through the disgraceful This is Not a Theater, it’s almost irrelevant to review THE LIVING NEWSPAPER, but NEWSPAPER is at least a “show” (read…

Aleksandra Bercynski. How to Make Potato Salad. Fringe review.

[29] HOW TO MAKE POTATO SALAD (Aleksandra Berczynski & MB Grupa Realizacji): Fringe review

Three potatoes, peeled with difficulty (“you drive me as crazy as my date will”) by long fingernails and diced Two apples, crudely peeled (“how come no one told me how…

This is Not a Theater Fringe review

[28.1] THIS IS NOT A THEATER (Navin Rawanchaikul, Navin Production): Fringe review

Navin Rawanchaikul has created an epic portrait of the history of Philly’s historic Plays and Players Theater. Hundreds of faces have been painted with photographic realism in dynamic, often silly…