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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LAY ME DOWN SOFTLY (Irish Heritage Theatre): 2018 Fringe review

A version of this review was also published on Foley Got Comped. Irish Heritage Theatre is purely a labor of love. All of the company members have day-jobs, rehearse 25…

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A PERIOD OF ANIMATE EXISTENCE (Pig Iron): Creating an environment for thought

It is our job as artists to create environments for people to see things differently. Pig Iron did that.

Sketches by Chuck Schultz.

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DEAR DIARY LOL (AntiGravity Theatre): 2017 Fringe review

Who would want to read their middle school diaries? The members of AntiGravity Theatre Project, that’s who.

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ONION DANCES (Talia Mason): 2017 Fringe review

Talia Mason’s DANCES is a one-woman dance / narrative piece about her Jewish heritage

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MUJERES (Evalina Carbonell and Annielille Gavino): 2017 Fringe review

Carbonell + Gavino give powerful and genuine explorations of motherhood.

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THEN THE TAIL (allendance): 2017 Fringe review

Allendance has again delivered a contemplative take on movement through effortless contact and a fresh atmospheric perspective on the intimate space that is the Iron Factory.

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ALCHEMIST (Chris Davis & Mary Tuomanen): 2017 Fringe review

A friend “knows who you are and forgives you for it.”

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CLOSE MUSIC FOR BODIES (Michael Kiley): 2017 Fringe review

CLOSE MUSIC FOR BODIES is sensual choral performance. Sixty-five of us follow the directions of the performers and position, and re-position, ourselves around the big, open space at the Christ Church…

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17C (Big Dance Theater): 2017 Fringe review

Big Dance Theater has built a reputation of articulate and speculative work, pairing theater and dance to dissect both historical and contemporary ideals. 17c is comical and stark, and the…

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TRIAGE (Bent Antennae): 2017 Fringe review

TRIAGE is a loosely formed conceit in which a manic-fairy-pixie host wearing a gas mask prances around, forcing the audience to watch bad improv. It’s as fun as it sounds….

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THE STORYTELLERS (Joy Madden): 2017 Fringe review

“We are storytellers,” Joy Madden begins.

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THESE TERRIBLE THINGS (Berserker Residents): 2017 Fringe review

The Berserker Residents may parody the conventions of theater, but they clearly believe in its power

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AMERICANA PSYCHOBABBLE (Alexandra Tatarsky): 2017 Fringe review

Tatarsky’s daring, inventive, rapid-fire wordplay is unlike anything you’ll see on a Philly stage

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BYE BYE LIVER (Happy Hour Live, LLC): 2017 Fringe review

A sketch-comedy, drinking play designed to get you drunk while making you laugh at the absurdities of over-imbibing.

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AIRSWIMMING (Half Key Theater Company): 2017 Fringe review

Shuchman and Johnson take us through the trenches of psychological warfare with unforgettable performances

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UBU FAUST (Broderick Jones with Leila and Pantea Productions): 2017 Fringe review

Alfred Jarry, Doctor Faustus, and Punch & Judy combine in hilarious puppetry.

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BIND (Corinna Burns): 2017 Fringe review

An ambitious, unfinished work by one of Philadelphia’s best.