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Fringe preview: Full line-up of the late night cabaret

Sometimes, the best thing you’ll see in a Fringe Festival will be an unexpected delight at the FREE late night cabaret. (Last years highlight: Greg Giovanni’s impromptu story about his…

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Fringe preview: Trajal Harrell brings Greek theater ‘Realness’

Some contemporary choreographers prefer not to explain, in concrete terms, what they intend their choreography to mean, but Trajal Harrell is happy not only to talk about his dance works, but also his creative process. In a phone interview from Berlin earlier this month, Harrell delved into the various aspects of his dance-theater opus Antigone Sr. / Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (L), before its opening as one of the centerpiece shows at 2014 FringeArts.

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Barrymore Nominations Announced!

‘Tis the season. Phindie announced its own awards for regional theater on Monday, and Theatre Philadelphia announced the reconstituted Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre today. (See below for nominees). The…

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Fringe interview with Colie McClellan of THEY CALL ME ARETHUSA

Phindie spoke to Colie McClellan about her Fringe show THEY CALL ME ARETHUSA, a story of intimate partner violence interweaved with Greek mythology and Southern folklore.

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Mauckingbird Presents Staged Readings of Two Gay Milestones

Two groundbreaking plays in the history of queer theater–Lillian Hellman’s THE CHILDREN’S HOUR and Mart Crowley’s THE BOYS IN THE BAND—will be presented in the format of staged readings over the next two weekends by Mauckingbird Theatre Company.

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Playwright to playwright: Chris Davis (Anna K) interviewed by Douglas Williams (Safe Space)

In this special Phindie feature, Holly’s Dead Soldiers alums Douglas Williams and Chris Davis talk about Chris’s new work and his recent trip to Scotland for the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe.

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Fringe preview: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Mute Play: Trailer

The Renegade Company presents a new work, The Hunchback of Notre Dame…A Mute Play, as its offering for the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

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PHINDIE’S OFFICIAL FRINGE BIKE TOUR: Experience Fringe in a way never before possible

Wanna experience the best of Fringe, but don’t know how? Overwhelmed by the offerings of the Guide? Fearful to take your first taste of Philly’s oldest and largest performance festival and somehow get it wrong? Or else just don’t want to do it alone?

Join Phindie for a one-day Fringe immersion, led by Julius Ferraro—Phindie.com theater editor, journalist, playwright, performer, and veteran fringehopper.

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2013/14 Critics’ Awards: The best in Philadelphia theater

For the second year, Phindie asked local theater writers to vote on the best theatrical work produced in or near the city in the 2013/14 theater season.

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Philly-born ‘The Object Lesson’ Takes Top Prize at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson, which premiered at the 2013 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, is the winner of the 2014 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh award.

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10 Fringe Dance Picks: Lew Whittington on the best of the 2014 Fringe Festival

Dance writer Lew Whittington gives 10 “moving” picks for the 2014 Fringe Festival

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CRAZYFACE (BrainSpunk): Maybe we’re crazy

From the mind that created the internationally popular ‘Clive Barker’s Books of Blood’ and the movie ‘Hellraiser’ comes another of Barker’s successes, also known as a play called CRAZYFACE. The downright madness of this three-hour play is performed by a cast of over 30 of the finest members of the local BrainSpunk Theater group.

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About, or in, the Liminal Space: John Ollom at 954 Dance Movement Collective

Phindie dance writer Katelyn Bobek spoke with New York City based choreographer John Ollom about his work and a new series of classes in Philadelphia.

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DEATH OF A SALESMAN (GoKash): What happens to a dream deferred

“There is no future for a people who deny their past. My Foreparents, My Grandparents, My Mother, My Father did not suffer and die to give me an education to…

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Fringe Picks: Daniel Student gives his shameless plugs and insider tips

Plays and Players Theatre is host to x shows in this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the upstairs bar is a regular after-show spot for Fringe performers, so Daniel Student, artistic director of the resident theater company, has his finger on the festival pulse. Daniel told Phindie what he’s looking forward to this year, at P&P and beyond.

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Talking Sex, Substance, and SUSPENDED with Brian Sanders

Perennial Fringe favorite Brian Sanders and his dare-devil dance company JUNK have created a provocative new offering for this year’s Festival. Described as a journey “through a fantastical titillating abyss,”…

YOU KNOW MY NAME: A DANIEL TALBOTT TRIO (Quince): Devils and saints in small-town America

Daniel Talbott’s YOU KNOW MY NAME: A DANIEL TALBOTT TRIO presents some unique challenges. Three short plays which could easily take place in the same town dwell with nearly pornographic clarity on the cruelty of the town’s inhabitants and of fate.

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Gunnar Montana rises: Interview with the experimental Fringe stalwart about his show RESURRECTION ROOM

Philadelphia artist and choreographer Gunnar Montana is no stranger to the Fringe Festival. Since his show ‘RUB’ debuted in 2012, the seriously experimental Montana has brought some of the most…

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Introducing the Fringe/Fringe Festival, which you probably won’t want to miss

A backwoods exorcism by a snake-handling preacher, a community-building sleepover play about death, devised theater by dangerous women, and a gallery where live mannequins and their art intersect: we’re hoping the newly-birthed Fringe/Fringe Festival turns out to be as freaky and compelling as its play synopses promise.

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Rhythm, race, and energy: Interview with Ozzie Jones on the first African American production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN in Philadelphia

The issue of diversity in theater (and in theater reviewing) is an ongoing subject of conversation. Kash Goins isn’t just talking about it. His GoKash Productions has produced a series…