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EUGÈNE IONESCO’S THE BALD SOPRANO (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): 2017 Fringe review

  The Bald Soprano always wears her hair in the same style. And The Bald Soprano, written in 1950 by Eugene Ionesco as a “tragedy of language,” is probably the…

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Eugene Ionesco’s THE BALD SOPRANO (IRC): 2017 Fringe Review

Tina Brock and company make Ionesco’s absurd SOPRANO sing.

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Theater in Sketch: ANNA (EgoPo)

A loose adaptation by Brenna Geffer and her ensemble based on the novel, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

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DELIRIUM (EgoPo): 60-second review

At 800+ pages, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov would not seem ideally suited to theatrical interpretation.

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MILLENNIA (Brad Ogden): 2016 Fringe review 63

Millennia is funny, ambitious, and a little bit confused—just like millennials.

Kirsten Quinn and Renee Richman-Weisband in Isis Productions’ TOO MUCH SUN (Photo credit: Kristine DiGrigoli)

TOO MUCH SUN (Isis): The hilarity and horrors of a dysfunctional family

An egomaniacal actress disrupts the lives of her estranged dysfunctional family in Nicky Silver’s sardonic and disturbing absurdist tragicomedy.

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ZOMBIES . . . WITH GUNS (Tribe of Fools): 2015 Fringe Review 18

The Zombie Apocalypse invades the Fringe with Tribe of Fools’ zany foray into the fright genre, with a serious socio-political message about gun violence.

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Many Goodly Creatures: Allen Radway talks THE TEMPEST, Simpatico, and fatherhood

Even a brief encounter with Allen Radway reveals the intelligence, sympathy, and generosity of spirit evident in his theatrical work. We talk to him ahead of his newest, CCTCs THE TEMPEST.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): What fools these mortals be!

Philly Shakes’ production isn’t afraid to embrace the wonderfully silly and naughty aspects of Shakespeare, and the approach works like a charm.

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A Day to Play: P&P’s 24-Hour Play Festival

The festival features plays created from scratch in just one day. It won’t be polished, but it should be fun.

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MAD BLOOD AND OTHER BEAUTIES (A Plague On Both Your Houses): Fringe Review 44

This is no mere retelling of Romeo and Juliet. What we get is a conjuring, a blood-letting, a full-throated cry of rage.

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The Second Annual One-Minute Play Festival (InterAct): Tipsy on Theater: Wine-tasting 90 plays and a night-out in Philly without a hangover

You step off the tour bus, the smell of exhaust replaced first with fresh air, then with the sugary smell of grapes. You sit around a bar with a wine…

Arlen Hancock in Ellie Brown's DEAR DIARY, BYE. Photo: Ellie Brown.

DEAR DIARY, BYE (Ellie Brown): Schoolyard scraps and crushes galore

And maybe that’s what makes Ellie Brown’s DEAR DIARY, BYE such a fascinating show. The play, directed by Seth Reichgott, presents her 1984 diary. Brown wasn’t so different from any other ten year old – she liked boys, she got sick of her parents, she was teased, and she liked more boys. There’s a pleasure in this kind of uncensored presentation, a la Nature Theater of Oklahoma.