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.

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…

And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens Blue Suede Fringe review

[27] AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATHS OF QUEENS (Blue Suede Productions): Fringe review

Two young guys who moved here from Tennessee in 2012 started their own theater company, which they named Blue Suede Productions as a tribute to Elvis. John-Thomas Appling and Chris…

Life and Times, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Fringe review

[26] LIFE AND TIMES: EPISODE 1 (Nature Theater of Oklahoma): Fringe review

From the supremely innovative New York company that brought the hilarious Romeo and Juliet to the 2011 Philly Fringe, LIFE AND TIMES: EPISODE 1 begins a twelve-hour five-part marathon on…

Brian Sanders' JUNK Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak Fringe review

[25] HUSH NOW SWEET HIGH HEELS AND OAK (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): Fringe review

Choreographer par excellence Brian Sanders creates a psycho-sexual dreamscape of children’s fairy tales and nursery rhymes morphing into adult erotic fantasies in HUSH NOW SWEET HIGH HEELS AND OAK. Multiple…

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

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

“You’re not here.” “Yes I am.” “But you’re not supposed to be here.” —ENLIGHTENMENT ON E FLOOR NORTH Someone once said that war is months of utter boredom interspersed with…

Spoon River Anthology 2013 Philly Fringe review

[23] SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY (Manayunk Roxborough Art Center): Fringe review

Almost one hundred years ago, Edgar Lee Masters began publishing poems from the point of view of the deceased residents of Spoon River, a lightly-fictionalized version of the small towns…

Gayze: A Real Life Webseries. Fringe review 2013

[22] GAYZE: A REAL LIVE WEBSERIES (MJ/JT): Fringe review

GAYZE: A REAL LIVE WEBSERIES is rough around the edges, without a doubt. The cast aims for the cartoonish a lot of the time, and the show lays on rather…

Saint Joan, Betrayed, Mary Tuomanen, 2013 Philly Fringe review

[21] SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED (Aaron Cromie & Mary Tuomanen): 2013 Fringe review

This town knows Aaron Cromie, polymath of the arts—puppeteer, performer, director, designer of puppets, sets, and props; choreographer, musician, teacher, and writer. What else? I know there’s even more.  So…

The Society 2013 Philadelphia Fringe review

[7.2] THE SOCIETY (Jo Strømgren Kompani): Fringe review

Let’s be real: Most theater we see these days is at least a little bit pretentious. The very nature of theater is based in pretense. We are asked to believe…