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IF I WERE A DRAG QUEEN, I WOULD BE FAMOUS (Shannon Agnew)

[50] IF I WERE A DRAG QUEEN, I WOULD BE FAMOUS (Shannon Agnew): Fringe review

Keep an eye (and an ear) out for Shannon Agnew. Her new show, IF I WERE A DRAG QUEEN, I WOULD BE FAMOUS, is a multimedia cabaret filled to the…

Life and Times, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Fringe review

[49] LIFE AND TIMES: EPISODE 2 (Nature Theater of Oklahoma): Fringe review

Published by The Dance Journal. Republished with kind permission. LIFE AND TIMES chronicles a life from childhood to adulthood, in painful, embarrassing, mind numbing detail. Episode two (of five) tracks the lives of…

FEDERAL DETENTION: THE MUSICAL (The Panic Hour)

[48] FEDERAL DETENTION: THE MUSICAL (The Panic Hour): Fringe review

When the members of the Panic Hour talk about 9/11, reptilians, and the Federal Reserve, I don’t think they’re kidding. Imagine if Ron Paul wrote a musical for Glenn Beck…

The Tools of Ignorance Present: High Cheese

[47] THE TOOLS OF IGNORANCE PRESENT: HIGH CHEESE (Tools of Ignorance): Fringe review

It’s a shame theater and sports don’t intersect more often. The goings-on of the four major professional sports—especially in Philadelphia—never fail to provide fans with a rollicking mixture of tragedy…

Jess Conda in Eternal Glamnation

[46] ETERNAL GLAMNATION (Brat Productions): Fringe review

A remount of Jess Conda’s gloriously glitzy glam-rock musical that enjoyed a smash-hit world premiere at the 2012 Fringe, Brat Productions’ ETERNAL GLAMNATION invaded this year’s Festival for a two-night…

On the Concept of the Face Regarding the Son of God

[45] ON THE CONCEPT OF THE FACE REGARDING THE SON OF GOD (Societas Raffaello Sanzio): Fringe review

Life involves shit and gets messy. Life is anguish and suffering. Life is also care, love, frustration, solace, and release. Life is not easy for the faint-hearted or weak-stomached to get through….

photo by Johanna Austin Dutch Masters Azuka fringe review

[44] DUTCH MASTERS (Azuka Theatre): Fringe review

1992. It’s sixteen years before Barack Obama is elected president, but New York City has its first (and still only) black mayor, David Dinkins, soon to lose a race-focused election…

Jennifer Blaine Dirty Joke Fringe review

[43] DIRTY JOKE (Jennifer Blaine/5,000 Women): Fringe review

Actor/comedian Jennifer Blaine was a feature of the Philly Fringe for its first decade. Returning for the first time since 2007, she brings back one of her most popular characters…

DREADFULLY WHITE (Susan Pope) Fringe review

[41] DREADFULLY WHITE (Susan Pope): Fringe review

For the first few years of the Philly Fringe, it cost like five dollars to see a show. You could take a gamble on shows that looked interesting but risky….

Geoff Sobelle gives an OBJECT LESSON. Philly Fringe Festival

[40.1] THE OBJECT LESSON (Geoff Sobelle): Fringe review

Object lesson: A demonstration of a principle using a material object, which forms the basis of the lesson and is available to be inspected. —Collins English Dictionary Geoff Sobelle encourages…

Six Feet (Above And) Under: A Graveyard Cabaret by REV Theatre Company

[39] SIX FEET (ABOVE AND) UNDER: A GRAVEYARD CABARET (REV Theatre Company): Fringe review

The sun has set at Laurel Hill Cemetery. A half-moon barely illuminates the gravestones, with faint shadows moving about off in the distance. There is a (very generously portioned) cocktail…

Chlamydia dell'Arte MORE Sex-Ed Burlesque

[38] MORE SEX-ED BURLESQUE (Chlamydia dell’Arte): Fringe review

The delightful and hilarious ladies of Chlamydia dell’Arte—Gigi Naglak and Meghann Williams—would like to educate you. They would like to sing you a song about the etiquette of butt sex….

ALL THE SEX I’VE EVER HAD (Mammalian Diving Reflex) 2013 Philadelphia Fringe review

[37] ALL THE SEX I’VE EVER HAD (Mammalian Diving Reflex): Fringe review

At Plays & Players, a serene air of sophistication, and a soothing nostalgia of productions past blanket the crowd of the fully seated theater. The lights are dimmed just slightly,…

Sarah Robinson. Lucinda's Bed. BrainSpunk. Fringe 2013.

Fringe interview: Sarah Robinson on LUCINDA’S BED, BrainSpunk Theater, and the monsters under her bed

Sarah Robinson produced and directed one of the highlights of the 2012 Fringe, Sarah Kane’s Crave. She’s also a regular feature on the boards in Philadelphia, appearing recently in SmokeyScout…

Polygon Comedy Presents: The Fringe!

[36] POLYGON COMEDY PRESENTS: THE FRINGE! (Polygon Independent Comedy): Fringe review

Courtesy of Philly “Art” Blog. Performing at POLYGON COMEDY PRESENTS: THE FRINGE! were Rosen and Milkshake and Alex Pearlman, local acts with previous stand-up credentials and unpretentious indie appeal. Rosen and Milkshake were up…

Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s THE SEA PLAYS Fringe review

[32.2] THE SEA PLAYS (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective): Fringe review

Eugene O’Neill’s early maritime heart-wrenchers, Bound East for Cardiff and In the Zone, are brought to life in the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s devastatingly effective site-specific production of THE SEA PLAYS….

Where (we) Live by Sō Percussion

[34] WHERE (WE) LIVE (So Percussion): Fringe review

Like vague early childhood memories of “home”, the eight players of WHERE (WE) LIVE assemble without an introduction, scattering to spaces cluttered with objects, lights, and instruments. Beer brewers begin…

Paperback Dreadful Shannon House Fringe Review Arden Theatre Lobby

[33] PAPERBACK DREADFUL (Shannon House): Fringe review

Improv is the jam band genre of theater: it often seems more fun to do than fun to watch. Sure, it provides tools to young actors and throws up occasional…

Enlightenment on E Floor North by Strange Attractor Theatre. Fringe Review

[24.2] ENLIGHTENMENT ON E FLOOR NORTH (Strange Attractor Theatre Company): Fringe review

ENLIGHTENMENT ON E FLOOR NORTH explores the absurdities of employment in the most unlikely of places – the galleries of an art museum where four security guards toil away by mindlessly…

Keith Conallen, David Blatt, and Brian McCann in PAC's THE SEA PLAYS, part of the 2013 Philly Fringe.

[32.1] THE SEA PLAYS (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective): Fringe review

With a series of celebrated readings and full productions (including 2012 Fringe hit The Creditors) Philadelphia Artists’ Collective has established a reputation as one of the best independent companies in…