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.

SONGS OF WARS I HAVE SEEN (Heiner Goebbels): 2018 Fringe review

An imaginatively textured musical performance in which music, sounds, and speaking are of a piece

CHAOS THEORY (Jessica Creane): 2018 Fringe review

The reliance on audience volunteers yields some interesting moments, framed in a series of games, but too often Creane pushes moments past humor.

CLOSE YOUR LEGS, HONEY — A NEW MUSICAL (PHIT/Hannah Parke & Shamus Hunter McCarty): 2018 Fringe review

CLOSE YOUR LEGS, HONEY is a cheery musical tackling the difficult subject of societal expectations for women and the shit women have to put up with.

AIRPORT OPENED (Brian Shapiro): 2018 Fringe review

AIRPORT OPENED takes you on an enjoyably elucidating human journey well worth experiencing!

ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): 2018 Fringe review

ECCENTRICITIES is lush, loquacious and very typical Tennessee Williams: lonely, sex-starved women, men struggling against overbearing mothers, desperation everywhere.

MARY ROSE (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective): 2018 Fringe review

However crammed your Fringe calendar may be, don’t miss this one.

FIGMAGO (Meg Sagilman Studio): 2018 Fringe review

  FIGMAGO is an escape off of the beaten path, an imaginative walking tour that begins to reveal unknown peculiarities about six muses that inspire muralist Meg Sagilman. Each room correlates with…

UNHINGED (Matter Movement Group): 2018 Fringe review

Gather yourself for an illuminating walk along a dim, roughly hewn path into untamed territory where sounds and other sensory elements gather in corners to conspire. Your brutally handsome, knowledgeable…

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…

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.

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.

ONION DANCES (Talia Mason): 2017 Fringe review

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

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

Carbonell + Gavino give powerful and genuine explorations of motherhood.

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.

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

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

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…

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…

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….