Adjacent Spaces by Leah Stein Dance Company Fringe

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…

Zachary Chiero and Sebastian Cummings. Photo by John Donges. The Homosexuals Quince Productions Philadelphia Gayfest! review photo

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…

Nathan Foley and Brittany Holdahl in "Tying Up Loose Ends", by Cubby Altobelli. Photo credit: James Jackson (www.raveneyes.com)

NOIR (GDP): Theater fatale gets off the beaten path

Little known theater company, GDP Productions, takes a shot at classic crime cinema with NOIR. Played in the shadowy, speakeasy-like back bar of R Bar at 2222 Walnut Street, this…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Mauckingbird): 60-second review

Gender roles play an essential part in much classic literature. How many complex pre-1900 plots would be instantly resolved if a woman could just marry whomever she chose and live…

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MACBETH (Commonwealth): 60-second review

MACBETH is a violent play, a feature emphasized by the contemporary military garb and extended fight choreography in the worthwhile production by Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company. But the central question which…

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2012/13 Critics’ Awards

Phindie asked every theater writer in Philadelphia to send a list of top five choices in twelve categories for work produced in or near the city in the 2012/13 theatrical…

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CIRQUE DU GAY (Quince): Circus in stockings and buttless chaps

Dennis Porter, part of the three-man CIRQUE DU GAY, is trolling up and down the aisle at Plays and Players Theatre in a clown suit. His face is painted white…

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Don’t Worry Philly, There Will Be Theater in August

August is not the best of theater months. For most theaters, mainstream and small, the season is still a September or October to May session. With FringeArts taking over September…

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FringeArts announces self-produced Neighborhood Fringe dance performances for 2013 Festival

Published by The DANCE Journal, republished by kind permission. In addition to the festival’s annual selection of Presented Fringe performances by internationally renowned contemporary artists and stars of Philadelphia’s stages, this year’s…

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Deb Miller’s Top Picks for FringeArts 2013

HUSH NOW SWEET HIGH HEELS AND OAK by Brian Sanders’ JUNK (Photo credit: Steve Belkowitz) This year’s FringeArts Festival has a new name, but the same two categories as before….

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Dance at Fringe 2013

Published by The DANCE Journal, republished by kind permission. The hot, muggy dog days of Summer are upon us and things have slowed down a bit in the way of…

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AVENUE Q (Mazeppa): A puppet oasis in the summer heat

Rob Henry and Brian Seaman, founders of Mazeppa Productions, the newest resident musical theater company in Philadelphia, offer an oasis of entertainment in the Sahara of theater’s summer down-time with…

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Played in Philadelphia (PHM): The insanity of Phillies fans

I went to the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent last week on a tipoff from Mary Syndor. “The Played in Philadelphia gallery,” claims their website, “will feature changing exhibitions devoted to…

Katherine Perry, Ryan Walter, Danielle Adams, in Return of Confessions of a Plate and Shoe

RETURN OF CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE AND SHOE (SmokeyScout): 60-second review

Josh McIlvain’s RETURN OF CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE AND SHOE should be put in a time capsule and used by future generations as a how-to manual titled “How-to-produce-the greatest-show-ever.” Okay,…

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THE VIOLENCE OF THE LAMBS (OR THE ANIMAL VS. HUMAN WAR) (Chris Davis): 60-second review

As the established Philadelphia companies enter their long off-season, the SoLow Festival is providing a welcome dose of idiosyncratic theater at some unusual venues around town. THE VIOLENCE OF THE…