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The Bastard of KING JOHN: Carlo Campbell on Revolution Shakespeare Fringe offering

Rev Shakes’ annual mainstage productions begin the final weekend of the Fringe and showcase a sensibility at home in the festival

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Fringe in Sketch: SILKEN VEILS

In the first drawing you see a little bit of projection worked into the background. The second is an example of the striking shadows that were used to capture the memory of her mother and father. And the third illustration is the emotion and love which flows from Rumi’s poetry.

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OMELETTO (Ombelico Mask Ensemble): 2016 Fringe review 77

It’s “like Hamlet”, with all the key plot points, “only scrambled” in a light-hearted Commedia dell’arte of masks, jokes, music, and puppets.

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BALANCE (JheeSha Productions): 2016 Fringe review 76

The Kathak performance weaved together photography and dance, narrative and abstraction, the traditional and the contemporary in an exploration of life’s many off-kilter moments.

Photos by Paola Nogueras.

THE ELEMENTARY SPACETIME SHOW (César Alvarez): 2016 Fringe review 68.2

Wild, unabashed, meta upon meta, with a depth of emotional honesty that brings one dangerously close to heartbreak

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FOUR MINUTE BOOTH (Gatto + Hirano): 2016 Fringe review 75

Four minutes of prolonged eye contact can incur a boost of oxytocin, a chemical that decreases stress and instills positive emotions.

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KAPPAROT (Daughters of Disruption): 2016 Fringe review 74

In the Art Church, a house of a theater with carpeted stairs and a open room set with rows of chairs, performer collaborators Chana Rothman and Annie Lewis greeted the…

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EXPLICIT FEMALE (Here[begin] Dance): 2016 Fringe review 73

Zornitsa Stoyanova asks us to consider the female body as embodiment of generations of ancestral procreation, a host for the alien parasites of new generations, and—through a glass, darkly—as a sexual object.

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Fringe in Sketch: ANIMAL FARM TO TABLE

Created and directed by Mike Durkin, ANIMAL FARM TO TABLE is a community dinner theater inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm taking place in the Urban Creators Farm

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GILBERT AND SULLIVAN’S SWITCHED! OR THE INSIDER AND THE OUTSIDER (Tavern Productions and PAFA Performs): 2016 Fringe review 72

“It’s this topsy-turvydom that people are drawn to,” lyricist Kevin Stackhouse said when we talked before the show. “People like to feel smart, and what comes out of Gilbert &…

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A RUNAWAY, A SOLDIER AND A SNOWBALL FIGHT (Iron Age Theatre): 2016 Fringe review 71

This fabulous Fringe piece plunges the audience into the dramatic action of the American Revolution.

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Fringe in Sketch: Albert Camus’ THE JUST

I made it to a performance of Albert Camus’ THE JUST from Übungsflugzeug at Panorama in West Philly. [5213 Grays Avenue] September 9-24, 2016; fringearts.com/albert-camus-just. It was a great cast,…

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HAPPY YUMMY CHICKEN (Love Drunk Life): 2016 Fringe review 70

Sincere, amusing, and an absolute treat (and inside joke) for artmakers

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THE UNDERRATED ACT OF TALKING TO ONESELF (femme. collective): 2016 Fringe review 69

femme. collective has interwoven disparate acts to form a cohesive whole, a gorgeous string of solo, duet and group dances that tackle that, yes, underrated act of talking to oneself

Photos by Paola Nogueras.

THE ELEMENTARY SPACETIME SHOW (César Alvarez): 2016 Fringe review 68.1

César Alvarez’s unique collaboration with the University of the Arts boasts a youthful cast of energetic performers who create a probing spectacle through the guise of a vaudevillian show broaching…

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SAY NO MORE (Wild Plum Productions): 2016 Fringe review 66

Wild Plum Production’s reimagining of Strindberg’s The Stronger. Review with sketches by Chuck Schultz.

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BARRY: MAMALOSHEN IN DANCE (Asya Zlatina): 2016 Fringe review 65

Featuring young talents and Zlatina’s storytelling choreography, BARRY is a show with heart and love, quick on its feet.

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Fringe in Sketch: FORE-IGN/ FORE-OUT

The movement was very inspiring, and the diversity of the show was all encompassing.

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Fringe in Sketch: ANTIHERO

Comic book nerds turn vigilante against the Philadelphia Parking Authority in Tribe of Fools’ ANTIHERO.