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Victor Fiorillo, A Doll’s House, and the role of the reviewer

A review by Victor Fiorillo of EgoPo Classic Theatre’s A Doll’s House got Phindie writer Julius Ferraro contemplating the role of reviewer. This is part of Phindie‘s ongoing series on theater criticism….

XY Scheherazade Unstuck Theater

[72] XY SCHEHERAZADE (Unstuck Theater): Fringe review

XY SCHEHERAZADE works very hard to conjure the moment when “a story that you’re telling a friend becomes, for a minute, a shared perspective.” But it deploys about every tool…

Stripped of Common Sense Philly Fringe

[71] STRIPPED OF COMMON SENSE (Joint Bender Productions): Fringe review

“Back to the grind. Literally.” So begins a shift for five young women, dancing for a living. Set in the dressing room of a strip club, STRIPPED OF COMMON SENSE…

ONE YEAR (MamaCITA Five)

[70] ONE YEAR (MamaCITA Five): Fringe review

Anyone stumbling into ONE YEAR by accident, like I did, will realize immediately that they had broken in on something transcendent. In front of a backdrop of white curtains, seven women…

BASEMENT (Gunnar Montana)

[69] BASEMENT (Gunnar Montana): Fringe Review

This is the only place where baby doll dismembering, Santa Claus chopping, guts wearing, head smashing, dub-step listening, and wrapping a woman in plastic are okay. Crawling into the BASEMENT…

EMANCIPATION SWEET, A PLAY WITH MUSIC (Theatre for Transformation)

[68] EMANCIPATION SWEET, A PLAY WITH MUSIC (Theatre for Transformation): Fringe review

Theatre for Transformation is a Lancaster-based company focused on performing African-American stories for diverse audiences. This active group has toured their original works to over 100 schools, college, faith groups,…

Lucinda's Bed Fringe review Brainspunk Theater

[67] LUCINDA’S BED (Brainspunk Theater): Fringe review

Mia McCullough’s LUCINDA’s BED has a great premise: a monster hiding under a young girl’s bed continues to haunt her into adulthood. The monster (Brendan Whelan) may take the form…

THE TALKBACK (The Berserker Residents)

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

You know that scene at the end of The Matrix (spoiler alert) where Neo sees the green code and jumps into Agent Smith’s belly and makes him explode, and then calls somebody…

HATCH (Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre): Fringe review

[66] HATCH (Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre): Fringe review

An exciting new company with a promising future, Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre presents a mini-festival of six short world-premiere performances in HATCH. Led by Artistic Director Melissa Rodis,…

A MYSTERY? (Dragon’s Eye Theatre)

[65] A MYSTERY? (Dragon’s Eye Theatre): Fringe review

Picture the scene:  You are a child under ten years old; you meet three other children, each quite young, Brendan (Patrick Lamborn) is a mandolin prodigy and an Elvis impersonator.  After an…

Moses(es) Reggie Wilson Fist & Heel Performance Group

[64] MOSES(ES) (Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group): Fringe Review

They are some of the oldest and most widely known stories in the books. They are stories of migrations, grueling journeys, and burning destinies.  They are about freeing wrongly enslaved groups of…

Kalied, GLOW, ensemble, phto Valerie Giacobbe

[63] GLOW (Kaleid Theatre): Fringe review

Though we’re all connected 24/7 via cell phones, Facebook, email, texting, and blogging, there is a human disconnect in our current state of existence, in our need to validate ourselves…

GET REAL. COMEDY YOU CAN BELIEVE IN! (Visible Friends Network)

[62] GET REAL. COMEDY YOU CAN BELIEVE IN! (Visible Friends Network): Fringe review

Visible Friends Network was founded towards the end of 2012, around the time of the purported Mayan Apocalypse. Some people responded to the non-stop discussion of that new age nonsense…

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…

CELEBRATING DANCE (Dancefusion & 360° Dance Company)

[60] CELEBRATING DANCE (Dancefusion & 360° Dance Company): Fringe review :: Then/Now

Excerpted from thINKingDANCE.net. I was riveted. Eve Gentry’s Tenant of the Street (1938) held me breathless as Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, of 360° Dance Company, pushed her deeply curved body through the space of Mandell Theater’s…

Break/Drift/Resist, Tangle Movement Arts, fringe review

[59] BREAK/DRIFT/RESIST (Tangle Movement Arts): Fringe review :: Tonight I watch a mantis-limbed woman…

Excerpted from thINKingDANCE.net. Swings, hoops and ropes hang expectantly in the rectangular cavern that is Philadelphia Soundstages, drawing my gaze up and seeming to wait for a life giving touch. Tangle…

OUT OF TIME (Colin Dunne) Fringe review Philadelphia

[58] OUT OF TIME (Colin Dunne): Fringe review

Dim lighting, old motion clips, tap shoes, broad sounds, and internationally acclaimed Colin Dunne in the flesh, calling Irish dance “exhibitionistic”: these elements and more make up OUT OF TIME….

The Iron Factory Presents: allendance and Tori Lawrence + Co., The Iron Factory, Fringe review

[57] The Iron Factory Presents (allendance and Tori Lawrence + Co.): Fringe review ::

Excerpted from thINKingDANCE.net. Brushing back hair. Stringed instruments. Momentous lifts. Placing and replacing of bodies. Instant transitions between sustained and staccato movement. These were shared elements in a Fringe Festival bill…

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…