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ALCHEMIST (Chris Davis & Mary Tuomanen): 2017 Fringe review

A friend “knows who you are and forgives you for it.”

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Fringe in Sketch: ALCHEMIST (Mary Tuomanen & Chris Davis)

Mary Tuomamen and Chris Davis push life size keys that signal to each other through space and time

THESE TERRIBLE THINGS used a famous image of a child rescued from a concentration camp asked to draw "home".

24 Picks for the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

What to see at the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

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PEACEABLE KINGDOM (Orbiter 3): Can we live in peace?

A remarkable play navigating the deep waters of philosophy and the shallow waters of adults wearing animal costumes.

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How should Philadelphia Theatre Company rebrand itself?

Cameron Kelsall has some ideas for the new executive director.

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Mary Tuomanen in HELLO! SADNESS!  Photos by  Daryl Peveto.

Two by Tuomanen: MARCUS/EMMA (InterAct) and HELLO! SADNESS (FringeArts)

Two shows by Philadelphia writer Mary Tuomanen opened on consecutive nights last week, providing a singular opportunity to assess common threads tying together works by the author.

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BORTLE 8 (Tiny Dynamite): Set the controls for the heart of darkness

Chris Davis’s imaginative one-man play gets a deservedly professional staging as part of Tiny Dynamite’s A Play, A Pie, and A Pint series

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Drone Warfare Hits Home: Kittson O’Neill on InterAct’s GROUNDED

Kittson O’Neill plays a fighter pilot and expectant mother living in a desert suburb in the U.S. Southwest, controlling weapons which kill people in a distant foreign desert.

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ONE-MAN APOCALYPSE NOW (Chris Davis): 2016 Fringe review 38

Who but Chris Davis would even think of a ONE-MAN APOCALYPSE NOW?

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FEED (Applied Mechanics): 2016 Fringe review 14

Narrative, fiction, performance, and reality collide through the breaking of bread.

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THE JAWS PROJECT (Robert Daponte, Mary Tuomaney, Sam Henderson): SoLow review

The ensemble’s naturalistic performances and fast-paced dialogue create a very funny play, and the extremely minimal production elements and do-it-yourself approach to theater makes the audience an intrinsic part of the show.

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MACHINAL (EgoPo): Welcome to the machine

A dank, metallic, appropriately oppressive feel imbues this production of Sophie Treadwell’s 90-year-old play.

Andrew Carroll and Kristen Bailey star in HOLLY'S DEAD SOLDIERS.

HOLLY’S DEAD SOLDIERS (Chris Davis, Bruce Walsh and Douglas Williams): 60-second review

Adapting Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s but not pulling verbatim from the novella, three playwrights have created a special experience in a Point Breeze row home.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Chris, Bruce, and Doug: Interview with three playwrights restaging a Fringe favorite

We talk to Chris Davis, Bruce Walsh, and Doug Williams ahead of their relaunch of HOLLY’S DEAD SOLDIERS.

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LOCAL GIRLS (Azuka): High school rage

In Azuka Theatre’s world premier production of Emma Goidel’s newest play, three young metalheads need to replace the “screamer” in their band before battle of the bands.

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JUAN-WINFIELD ESCUTIA-SCOTT, OR THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR, A BUTCHER PLAY (Chris Davis): 60-second review

With, “It was Mexico, but not your grandfather’s Mexico…” Chris Davis sets the tone for an enjoyably interactive, imaginative tour back in time to the Mexican-American War.

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#THEREVOLUTION (InterAct): The vapid rebellion

What would happen if a bunch of early-20-something city-dwelling music-video-watching lower-middle-class variously privileged poorish Americans launched a violent revolution against the state?

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From the UK to Philadelphia to Broadway: An interview with actor Harry Smith

British-born actor Harry Smith talks about his background in the UK, his life and career in Philadelphia, and his upcoming debut on Broadway.

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BITTER HOMES AND GARDENS (Bearded Ladies at PHS Pop-Up)

The Bearded Ladies latest show is planted full of good ideas, some of which germinate, some of which reach farther than they can comically travel, and some of which die on the vine.