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LAY ME DOWN SOFTLY (Irish Heritage Theatre): 2018 Fringe review

A version of this review was also published on Foley Got Comped. Irish Heritage Theatre is purely a labor of love. All of the company members have day-jobs, rehearse 25…

Stephanie Iozzia and Ethan Lipkin in MAKING HISTORY. Photo by Carlos Forbes.
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MAKING HISTORY (Irish Heritage Theatre): A very human Irish history play

A great play for history buffs and hibernophiles.

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Leading the Blind: Interview with the director and cast of Irish Heritage Theatre’s MOLLY SWEENEY

We presented five questions to IRT’s Peggy Mecham, the director, and the three cast members: Kirsten Quinn as Molly Sweeney, the blind woman; Ethan Lipkin as the husband; and Michael P. Toner as the physician.

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MOLLY SWEENEY (Irish Heritage Theatre): That the blind may see

Turn off your phones, step away from your laptops, and run, don’t walk to the Irish Heritage Theatre’s first ever Barrymore-eligible production.

The Boyle matriarch, Kirsten Quinn as Juno, with Ethan Lipkin as her husband Captain Jack, and Kevin Rodden as son Johnny. Photo by ALEXIS MAYER AND ARMEN PANDOLA

Peggy and the PAYCOCK: Interview with Peggy Mecham of Irish Heritage Theatre

Henrik Eger interviews Peggy Mecham about JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, the second part of playwright Sean O’Casey’s “Dublin Trilogy”.

Kevin Rodden, Kirsten Quinn, Gina Martino, Ethan Lipkin, and Dexter Anderson

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JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK (IHT): A tragi-comic call for personal responsibility and peace in troubled times

The second installment in playwright Sean O’Casey’s tragi-comic “Dublin Trilogy” traces the misfortunes of a struggling Irish family during the Irish Civil War.

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Theater, dance, and circus for the price of a sandwich: NICE AND FRESH December

This month features circus heroes Almanac, Philadanco alum Lauren Putty White, a short by SmokeyScout artistic director Josh McIlvain, and the return of prodigal playwright John Rosenberg.

Robb Hutter as the Marquis de Sade and Alan Holmes as his priest in Luna Theater Company's production of QUILLS by Doug Wright. Photo by Kate Raines at www.plate3photography.com.

QUILLS (Luna): Sadism never felt so good

This brilliantly twisted, fictionalized look at de Sade’s time in the asylum of Charenton, is now getting a delightfully dark treatment on the new Luna Theater stage.

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): 2014 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.

Andrew Carroll, Ama Bollinger, Jerry Puma, and Tina Brock (Photo: Johanna Austin)

ONDINE (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): Nature versus Human Nature

When Hans, a handsome but not-so-smart knight-errant of Wittenstein, meets the unbridled naiad Ondine at a fisherman’s cottage in the woods, they fall recklessly in love and marry—a union that…

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…