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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 YEAR OF THE RAW ONION (IRC): A cabaret cocktail of satire and absurdity

A series of stand-up monologues culled from the satirical articles of The Onion delivered riotous socio-political commentary in a fast-paced 75 minutes.

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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?”

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That’s Just Like Your Opinion, Man: RAW ONION REVIVAL (IRC) actors become their own critics

Every actor has experienced theater critics who got things a little wrong. Here’s their chance to peel their own onion.

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A STREETCAR NAMED DURANG (IRC): 60-second review

High-energy hilarity fills L’Étage as the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium remounts its 2008 Fringe hit, a trio of one-act parodies by Christopher Durang.

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IRC’s presents some Durang classics

Featuring spoofs of American theater luminaries, IRC’s 2008 hit A STREETCAR NAMED DURANG returns this month for a brief seven-show run.

The cast of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium's RHINOCEROS.

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.

Ethan Lipkin stars as Bérenger in the IRC’s RHINOCEROS (Photo credit: Johanna Austin @ AustinArt.org)

RHINOCEROS (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): Fringe Review 5

Director Tina Brock brings spot-on casting, lightning-quick pacing, and non-stop hysteria (of both the panicked and hilarious varieties) to Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s FringeArts production of Eugène Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS. The devastating consequences of mindless conformity, social apathy, and turning a blind eye to a growing threat are the important themes of the darkly comic Theater of the Absurd masterpiece.

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Foley’s Fringe Binge 2014: 20 Shows in 20 days. Who’s On First?

Theater writer Jessica Foley is seeing 20 Fringe plays in 20 days. Why is she starting with Ionesco’s Rhinoceros?

Ama Bollinger stars in Chris Davis’s ANNA K (Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Deb Miller’s 15 Top Picks for the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Phindie will provide more Philly Fringe Festival coverage than any publication in the world! Coverage begins with 15 picks from star Phindie writer Deb Miller.

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THE DURANG SHABANG! IRC stages night of seldom-seen Durang shorts

The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium gives local audiences the chance to see Christopher Durang at his comic best in a series of seldom-performed shorts, THE DURANG SHABANG! in two performances (6pm and 8pm) at L’Etage Cabaret, on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

David Stanger stars as K in the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s THE CASTLE (Photo credit: Johanna Austin, austinart.org) Fringe Review

[14] THE CASTLE (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): Fringe review

Though Franz Kafka’s work is not categorized as theater of the absurd per se, his writings have been cited as important predecessors of the genre. So it is fitting that…