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Clowning and the inner clown

“… like scary circus clowns?” That’s the first thing everyone asks me when I tell them that I do clown. And I can’t blame them. A “clown” is popularly thought of as…

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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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How to better educate college dancers

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. The Dilemma Each August thousands of dance majors grace the halls of college campuses around the United States. From conservatories to…

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Fringe Preview 5: Fishtown–Kensington Fringe

Philly’s fastest developing neighborhood (seriously, every time I go up there there’s some unrecognizable new Euro-chic housing units or hipster art galleries) is home to a number of dance studios…

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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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Fringe Preview 4: Fairmount Fringe

Site specific work, supernatural happenings, and something for the kids: the area north of Center City is rich in Fringe offerings for the 2013 Festival. The fourth Phindie preview takes…

2014 Fringe Festival Philadelphia

Fringe Preview 3: West Philly Fringe

With ten venues hosting fifteen shows in seven different categories (Comedy+Improv, Dance, Music, Happenings, Film, Visual Art, and Theater), West Philadelphia really does have a mini Fringe Festival. Phindie’s third…

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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,…

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Fringe Preview 2: Northwest Philly Fringe

The Fringe Festival has expanded greatly from its Old City roots, spreading from a compact neighborhood to all corners of the city and beyond. So to those who remember earlier…

2014 Fringe Festival Philadelphia

Fringe Preview 1: Suburban Fringe

The Fringe Festival has expanded greatly from its Old City roots, spreading from a compact neighborhood to all corners of the city and beyond. So to those who remember earlier…

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Shameless Plugs and Badass Shows: Jess Conda’s picks for the 2013 Fringe Festival

Phindie is gearing up its coverage of the 2013 Fringe Festival, with previews, interviews, and reviews featuring over 60 shows in theater and other performing arts. To kick off coverage,…

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Fringe Preview: Naatya Seva’s Shringara Rasa

Published by The Dance Journal. Republished with kind permission. Although most folks equate classical Indian dance with Bollywood, local Bharathanaatyam dancer Anita Ranjani is working to set the record straight. …

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It’s Still Happening at White Pines Productions

There’s a lot going on at White Pines Productions. Following a protracted legal battle between the Land Conservancy of Elkins Park and the Sisters of St. Catherine de’ Ricci, White…

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Fringe Preview: Architectural dance alchemy, Adjacent Spaces by Leah Stein Dance Company

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. Leah Stein has had a very prolific year performing and choreographing with several projects overlapping, including the first revival of her…

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An Interview with Inquirer critic Merilyn Jackson

Published by The Dance Journal, republished with kind permission. Merilyn Jackson has been writing regularly on dance for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1996 and prior to that on dance, theater,…

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Nichole Canuso Dance Company Offers First Glimpse of Intimate, Experiential New Work During Fringe Festival

As part of the 2013 Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts, Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) invites audiences to preview The Garden: an experiential journey designed to illuminate the peculiar beauty…

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…

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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…