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Geoff Sobelle gives an OBJECT LESSON. Philly Fringe Festival

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

A bit disjointed, with long transitions, Geoff Sobelle’s contribution to this year’s Fringe Festival is best seen as a collection of short meditations on—or parodies of—clutter, large and small. The upstairs…

Cavidad, Enza DePalma, Fringe review

[61] CAVIDAD (Enza DePalma): Fringe review :: Strangers in a Void

Excerpted from thINKingDANCE.net. There’s some strong male/female attraction buzzing through CAVIDAD, but it never loses its cool feel. The dancers come together in various combinations, relating, but keeping their distance, investigating—then…

THE TALKBACK (Berserker Residents)

[56.1] THE TALKBACK (Berserker Residents): Fringe review

Every now and then we need to take a step back and look at the art of theater from a distance—through a microscope, in a vacuum, stripped of its pretense…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM HUNTER (Zacherle)

[55] HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM HUNTER (Zacherle): 2013 Fringe review

There is no more special honor than to be thrown a birthday party, after all one “can never stop someone’s birthday, even if you kill the person”.  Zacherle (Rick Horner) is a…

Griffin Stanton-Ameisen and Sean Bradley star in Matchbox Theatre Project’s THE PLAYDATERS (Photo credit: Lens Spark Photography) Fringe review

[53] THE PLAYDATERS (Matchbox Theatre Project): Fringe review

More bromance than rom-com, with an outrageously funny and scathing commentary on the lingering immaturity and adolescent fixations of America’s Gen Y, Neil Haven’s THE PLAYDATERS exposes the interpersonal ineptitude…

Reasonable Doubt, Philly Improv Theater, Fringe review

[52] REASONABLE DOUBT (Philly Improv Theater): Fringe review

Philly Improv Theater has a great concept on their hands with REASONABLE DOUBT. They start off with one suggestion from the audience. From there the cast recreates an entire court…

Found Theater Company, This Is the Twilight Kingdom,

[5.2] THIS IS THE TWILIGHT KINGDOM (Found Theater Company): Fringe review

Devised and performed by Found Theater Company, and helmed by co-founder Sean Lally in an impressive directorial debut, THIS IS THE TWILIGHT KINGDOM takes a telling look at our space-age…

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): 2013 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,…