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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OMELETTO (Ombelico Mask Ensemble): 2016 Fringe review 77

It’s “like Hamlet”, with all the key plot points, “only scrambled” in a light-hearted Commedia dell’arte of masks, jokes, music, and puppets.

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BALANCE (JheeSha Productions): 2016 Fringe review 76

The Kathak performance weaved together photography and dance, narrative and abstraction, the traditional and the contemporary in an exploration of life’s many off-kilter moments.

Photos by Paola Nogueras.

THE ELEMENTARY SPACETIME SHOW (César Alvarez): 2016 Fringe review 68.2

Wild, unabashed, meta upon meta, with a depth of emotional honesty that brings one dangerously close to heartbreak

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FOUR MINUTE BOOTH (Gatto + Hirano): 2016 Fringe review 75

Four minutes of prolonged eye contact can incur a boost of oxytocin, a chemical that decreases stress and instills positive emotions.

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KAPPAROT (Daughters of Disruption): 2016 Fringe review 74

In the Art Church, a house of a theater with carpeted stairs and a open room set with rows of chairs, performer collaborators Chana Rothman and Annie Lewis greeted the…

Credit: Will Drinker

EXPLICIT FEMALE (Here[begin] Dance): 2016 Fringe review 73

Zornitsa Stoyanova asks us to consider the female body as embodiment of generations of ancestral procreation, a host for the alien parasites of new generations, and—through a glass, darkly—as a sexual object.

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GILBERT AND SULLIVAN’S SWITCHED! OR THE INSIDER AND THE OUTSIDER (Tavern Productions and PAFA Performs): 2016 Fringe review 72

“It’s this topsy-turvydom that people are drawn to,” lyricist Kevin Stackhouse said when we talked before the show. “People like to feel smart, and what comes out of Gilbert &…

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A RUNAWAY, A SOLDIER AND A SNOWBALL FIGHT (Iron Age Theatre): 2016 Fringe review 71

This fabulous Fringe piece plunges the audience into the dramatic action of the American Revolution.

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HAPPY YUMMY CHICKEN (Love Drunk Life): 2016 Fringe review 70

Sincere, amusing, and an absolute treat (and inside joke) for artmakers

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THE UNDERRATED ACT OF TALKING TO ONESELF (femme. collective): 2016 Fringe review 69

femme. collective has interwoven disparate acts to form a cohesive whole, a gorgeous string of solo, duet and group dances that tackle that, yes, underrated act of talking to oneself

Photos by Paola Nogueras.

THE ELEMENTARY SPACETIME SHOW (César Alvarez): 2016 Fringe review 68.1

César Alvarez’s unique collaboration with the University of the Arts boasts a youthful cast of energetic performers who create a probing spectacle through the guise of a vaudevillian show broaching…

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SAY NO MORE (Wild Plum Productions): 2016 Fringe review 66

Wild Plum Production’s reimagining of Strindberg’s The Stronger. Review with sketches by Chuck Schultz.

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BARRY: MAMALOSHEN IN DANCE (Asya Zlatina): 2016 Fringe review 65

Featuring young talents and Zlatina’s storytelling choreography, BARRY is a show with heart and love, quick on its feet.

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DOUBT, A PARABLE (Way Off Broad St. Theater Company): 2016 Fringe review 64

Way Off Broad St. Theater Company justify the festival inclusion of this modern classic with a site-specific setting in a chapel of the Arch Street United Methodist Church and a solid take on an excellent play.

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MILLENNIA (Brad Ogden): 2016 Fringe review 63

Millennia is funny, ambitious, and a little bit confused—just like millennials.

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THE LONG TIDES (Nicole Quenelle): 2016 Fringe review 62

The layering of story elements, occasional improv, and comedic repetition accompanied with robust sound design breathes life into each new scene

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BODAS DE SANGRE (The Duende Cycle): 2016 Fringe review 61

Three years before his assassination during the Spanish civil war, Federico Garcia Lorca elaborated his theory of duende at the Argentinian premier of BODAS DE SANGRE (Blood Wedding). Although universal,…

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DUTCH MASTERS (AMH Productions): 2016 Fringe review 60

AMH Productions finds the humor and poignancy in Keller’s quietly affecting consideration of race, class, and human connection

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CATCH TAKES BOK (Catch and Thirdbird): 2016 Fringe review 59

Brooklyn’s CATCH is a showcase for experimental artists in all genres—The Ed Sullivan Show on acid.