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Ajax, the madness. Atis Theater. Philadelphia Fringe review.

[2.1] AJAX, THE MADNESS (Attis Theatre): Fringe review

Men are made into animals. Animals turn into men, and then are murdered. Bloody, bloody Ajax. His story settles in on you, in the way that something that is deeply…

Bathtub Moby-Dick The Renegade Company Philly Fringe review

[1.1] BATHTUB MOBY-DICK (The Renegade Company): Fringe review

We are all searching for something in this life, and oftentimes it’s something that can’t be got. That’s Captain Ahab’s story, but it’s probably yours and probably mine too. In…

Mary Tuomanen as the Maid of Orleans in SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED. 2013 Philly Fringe Festival.

SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED, a preview: Really cool masks and puppety things

Aaron Cromie, one half of a double-act with Mary Tuomanen, describes with relish the process of creating their latest Fringe piece, Saint Joan, Betrayed. For Saint Joan, Betrayed, the two will…

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Fringe Preview 7: South Philly Fringe

It’s perhaps peculiar that there aren’t more established theater spaces in South Philadelphia (The Shubin and Theatre Exile’s new headquarters are lonely outposts). And in previous years, it might have…

MY BIG GAY ITALIAN FUNERAL (Photo credit: Rob Santeramo)

Absolutely Fabulous Off-Broadway Rep: MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING and MY BIG GAY ITALIAN FUNERAL

There are few events in life as rife with the heightened emotions of love and loss as weddings and funerals. Add to them the unbridled passions of being Italian and…

Griffin Stanton-Ameisen The Playdaters 2013 Philly Fringe Festival

Griffin Stanton-Ameisen: An interview with the actor/producer of THE PLAYDATERS about theater, relationships, and romcoms.

With credits at almost every independent theater company in town (PAC, EgoPo, Luna, Simpatico, Renegade, Quintessence, etc.), Griffin Stanton-Ameisen has built a reputation as one of the best young actors in…

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Michael Durkin: An interview with the creator of BATHTUB MOBY-DICK about, er, Moby-Dick and baths.

Call me Ishmael. As founding artistic director of The Renegade Company (therenegadecompany.org), Michael Durkin has provided Philadelphia audiences with a stream of engaging theatrical productions: Hamletmachine, The Amish Project, and Glass:…

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Liam Castellan: An interview with the director of TRAVELING LIGHT

Director/producer Liam Castellan of Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress is bringing London’s “Summer of Love” to the 2013 Fringe. His Philadelphia premiere production of Traveling Light, a contemporary piece by local playwright Lindsay Harris Friel about…

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Bruce Walsh: An interview with the playwright/chef serving up Capote, kegs, and eggs

Bruce Walsh—creator of last year’s Fringe home‐hit, Chomsky vs. Buckley, 1969—has sought out fellow playwrights, Chris Davis and Douglas Williams, to stage a collaborative work in their own homes. Awesomely,…

Jennifer Summerfield and Peter Zielinski as Nora and Torvald in the site-specific Victorian setting of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion's A DOLL'S HOUSE. Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

A Doll’s House (Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion): 60-second review

It’s hard to imagine a better set design for Henrik Ibsen’s devastating feminist classic than the living room of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion Victorian House Museum. Period furniture and details…

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN features Walter DeShields, Chris Anthony, Maryruth Stine, Leeanna Rubin, and Sarah Knittel (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

TWO NOBLE KINSMEN (Philly Shakes): Shakespeare as entertainment

Aaron Cromie, the director of Philadelphia Shakespeare Company’s academy performance of TWO NOBLE KINSMEN, is one of this city’s best directors. His puppet/live actor version of Moliere’s Scapin at the…

Zachary Chiero and Sebastian Cummings. Photo by John Donges. The Homosexuals Quince Productions Philadelphia Gayfest! review photo

THE HOMOSEXUALS (Quince): Ten turbulent years for one young man, six friends, and an entire community

And the festivities continue at GayFest! with Philip Dawkins’s acclaimed play THE HOMOSEXUALS. Gritty and thoughtful, with a broad scope of characterizations and universally relatable themes, THE HOMOSEXUALS presented by Quince…

Nathan Foley and Brittany Holdahl in "Tying Up Loose Ends", by Cubby Altobelli. Photo credit: James Jackson (www.raveneyes.com)

NOIR (GDP): Theater fatale gets off the beaten path

Little known theater company, GDP Productions, takes a shot at classic crime cinema with NOIR. Played in the shadowy, speakeasy-like back bar of R Bar at 2222 Walnut Street, this…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Mauckingbird): 60-second review

Gender roles play an essential part in much classic literature. How many complex pre-1900 plots would be instantly resolved if a woman could just marry whomever she chose and live…

Photo Credit: Kate Raines of PLATE 3 Photography with Trice Baldwin and Charlie DelMarcelle

MACBETH (Commonwealth): 60-second review

MACBETH is a violent play, a feature emphasized by the contemporary military garb and extended fight choreography in the worthwhile production by Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company. But the central question which…

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2012/13 Critics’ Awards

Phindie asked every theater writer in Philadelphia to send a list of top five choices in twelve categories for work produced in or near the city in the 2012/13 theatrical…

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Don’t Worry Philly, There Will Be Theater in August

August is not the best of theater months. For most theaters, mainstream and small, the season is still a September or October to May session. With FringeArts taking over September…

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AVENUE Q (Mazeppa): A puppet oasis in the summer heat

Rob Henry and Brian Seaman, founders of Mazeppa Productions, the newest resident musical theater company in Philadelphia, offer an oasis of entertainment in the Sahara of theater’s summer down-time with…

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Played in Philadelphia (PHM): The insanity of Phillies fans

I went to the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent last week on a tipoff from Mary Syndor. “The Played in Philadelphia gallery,” claims their website, “will feature changing exhibitions devoted to…