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ECCENTRICITIES and random notes on Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams slept with my boyfriend’s father. I love saying that at a party.

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ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): 2018 Fringe review

ECCENTRICITIES is lush, loquacious and very typical Tennessee Williams: lonely, sex-starved women, men struggling against overbearing mothers, desperation everywhere.

Paul McElsee as The Ice Cream Man, Katherine Perry as Amanda, Thomas-Robert Irvin as The Taxi Driver in TIME REMEMBERED. Photo by Johanna Austin.

Remembering TIME REMEMBERED: Interviews with the IRC cast

Henrik Eger talked to the IRC cast about their production of Jean Anouith’s play.

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Theater in Sketch: TIME REMEMBERED (IRC)

Sketches of TIME REMEMBERED by Jean Anouilh, presented by the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium February 6-March 4, 2018 at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5

TIME REMEMBERED (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): review

TIME REMEMBERED (IRC): What is love and how do we kill it?

The IRC prove once again that they are able to pluck strange fruits out of theatrical history and serve them up ably.

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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 most…

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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: THE ENCHANTED (IRC) and A DOLL’S HOUSE (Swarthmore)

Comparinge the absurdist comedy of Giraudoux with the serious drama of Ibsen.

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THE ENCHANTED (IRC): a great revival speaks to our times

Philly’s favorite absurdist company Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium revives Jean Giraudoux’s THE ENCHANTED.

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THE CHAIRS (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): 2016 Fringe review 8

IRC presents a must-see revival of Eugene Ionesco’s 1952 classic THE CHAIRS, a defining work of the theater of the absurd.

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“Casting call” for the chairs in Ionesco’s THE CHAIRS: Interview with IRC artistic director Tina Brock

The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium brings Eugene Ionesco’s hilarious, controversial, absurdist classic THE CHAIRS to the 2016 Fringe Festival. We talk to director Tina Brock about the show.

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Ionesco Anticipation: IRC’s Tina Brock on another buzz-worthy Fringe show, and her favorite chair

Tina Brock talks about Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s Fringe show Eugene Ionesco’s THE CHAIRS.

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Sketches of Ives: IRC’s ALL IN THE TIMING

Here’s what Chuck Schultz saw at the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s production of ALL IN THE TIMING by David Ives.

IRC’s ALL IN THE TIMING features Andrew Carroll, Jennifer MacMillan, and David Stanger as chimps in “Words, Words, Words” (Photo credit: Johanna Austin @ AustinArt.org)

ALL IN THE TIMING (IRC): Six fast and funny existentialist shorts

A collection of six short one-act comedies address the existentialist dilemma and pose the ubiquitous question, “What if?”

The cast (Patricia Durante, Robb Hutter, Anna Lou Hearn, and Jenna Kuerzi) of IRC’s EXIT THE KING (Photo credit: Johanna Austin)

“Performing Ionesco is a sport”: Interview with EXIT THE KING director Tina Brock

Henrik Eger talks to director Tina Brock about this intriguing Fringe production.

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Long Live Ionesco Actors: Behind the scenes with the cast of IRC’s EXIT THE KING

Philadelphia’s favorite absurdist theater troupe, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, is Fringing all Festival long with Eugene Ionesco’s EXIT THE KING. Henrik Eger talks to the six cast members about the characters…

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EXIT THE KING (IRC): 2015 Fringe Review 1

Ionesco’s absurdist tragicomedy on death and the human condition comes to life in Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s hilarious and affecting production.

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Give the rhinos a chance: Interview with the actors of Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS

I asked cast members of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC), Philadelphia’s absurdist theatre (since 2006), founded by artistic director Tina Brock, what Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS brought up for them as actors and as people. The range of responses is as astounding as this production. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this Phindie interview.