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DAY OF ABSENCE (Flying Quilt/Iron Age): 2018 Fringe review

It’s haunting how relevant—and funny—this somewhat dated piece remains

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COCKTAIL PLAYS (Juniper Productions): 2018 Fringe review

Slightly buzzed from our gin-and-honey bees knees, we find the site-specific plays by a diverse group of local playwrights make for welcoming, accessible, easy-to-enjoy theater.

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(KENSINGTON) STREETPLAY (Renegade): 2018 Fringe review

I wish Renegade could conduct these walking performances all year round

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THE PRESENTED (Chris Davis): 2018 Fringe review

Chris Davis has come into his own as an exuberant and irresistible Rumpelstiltskin who spins his own life’s straw into gold.

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Recipes for a Great Night of Theater

One morning, a few weeks ago, Sonya Aronowitz sat at a bar in Fishtown, double-fisting cocktails.

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Fringe in Sketch: SALAMANDER (Elephant Room Productions)

Sketches of SALAMANDER by Chuck Schultz.

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VILLAIN (Jon & Marissa Edelman/PHIT): 2018 Fringe review

A telling tale of what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S. today

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FLY EAGLES FLY (Tribe of Fools): 2018 Fringe review

With life and football you have to push through it all to get to the joy.

RIDICULOUS, Jennifer Blaine's 16th original solo work for the Philly Fringe, is out-of-character in that she is "playing" herself rather than other characters.

RIDICULOUS (Jennifer Blaine): 2018 Fringe review

Ridiculous, Jennifer Blaine, L’Etage, Sorry, Safety By Numbers, Dirty Joke, Vicissitudes of Travel, Kate Gibson, Karen Getz, Lily Blaine, Paprika Plains

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KILL MOVE PARADISE (Wilma Theater): 2018 Fringe review

There’s no fourth wall here: the audience is complicit in the consideration of POC men who lost their lives to judicial murder

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Fringe in Sketch: NIGHTMARE FUEL (Sarah Knittel)

Chuck Schultz sketches Sarah Knittel’s Fringe show.

Photo by Mark Garvin.

IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN (Walnut Street Theatre): Longing for a time that never was

IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN takes us back to a kinder, gentler time when people could burst into song for no reason whatsoever.

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WHITE FEMINIST (Lee Minora): 2018 Fringe review

A no-holds-barred look at the ways in which white feminists, with the best of intentions, don’t always walk even their own talk.

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HAPGOOD (Lantern): Rising to the challenge of a gleefully complicated spy story

Hapgood is not just a spy story, it’s also a physics story

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WOLFCRUSH: a queer werewolf play (On the Rocks): 2018 Fringe review

WOLFCRUSH misses the no-holds-barred humor, shock value, and pop culture-infused insight into youth culture of playwright Haygen-Brice Walker’s previous Fringe entries

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AN UNOFFICIAL UNAUTHORIZED TOUR OF LOVE PARK (Rose Luardo/Kate Banford): 2018 Fringe review

The piece gets its appeal from the increasingly outlandish characters and an inventive absurdity that devolves into a game of fetch and walking construction barrels.

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ECCENTRICITIES and random notes on Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams slept with my boyfriend’s father. I love saying that at a party.

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Jacob Tischler Stops In Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

Jacob Tischler returns to Philadelphia for the song and dance extravaganza, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn.

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Fringe in Sketch: P PAN AND BEYOND (Kathleen Murphy)

Chuck Schultz talks to Kathleen Murphy about her Fringe show.

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A VACATION (Poison Apple Initiative): 2018 Fringe review

Dante had Virgil; in the divine comedy of our times, we have a self-absorbed vlogger.