Michael Durkin

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Mike Durkin’s Annual Fringetastic Fringe Picks for the Fringe!

Clearly an expert on all things Fringe, the director of ANIMAL FARM TO TABLE shares his annual picks of shows flying under the radar or chosen based on their stellar guidebook art.

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This Number is in Service: Mike Durkin gives us the SoLow down on FOR A GOOD TIME CALL

Mike gave Phindie the SoLow down (and the number) for this brilliantly conceived new work.

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I Know Something I Can’t Tell: Phoebe Schaub Has a SECRET SHOW at the Painted Bride

The final installment of the SECRET SHOW SERIES at the Painted Bride is curated by Phoebe Schaub in collaboration with Joe Wozniak, but the audience won’t know what it is till they’re there—and I’m not telling!

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Mike Durkin’s 10 Fringetastic Fringe Picks!

With his Fringe pedigree, Mike Durkin is the ideal guy to ask for some Fringe recommendations. Here are his Top Ten Fringetastic picks.

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Renegade’s STORIES AND SPIRITS settles down with a drink and a good book

Novels and cocktails are two of the best things in life. STORIES AND SPIRITS combines them in a one-off evening of drinks and performances.

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Kerouac and Google Maps: ON THE ROAD by GPS

Head northwest on W 7th St toward 7th Ave. Take the 1st left onto 7th Ave. Turn right onto W 39th St. Take the ramp onto Lincoln Tunnel. Parts of this road are closed Mon-Fri 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Entering New Jersey.

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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME . . . A MUTE PLAY (The Renegade Company): 2014 Fringe Review 35

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME . . . A MUTE PLAY captures the narrative, message, emotion, and beauty of its literary source without speaking a word

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Mike Durkin’s 10 Fringe Picks: Fringe-tastic and great-image choices from The Renegade Company director

Mike breaks down his picks into two categories: Fringe-tastic are those that embrace the festival, try new ways to story-tell and create an exciting audience experience. The Guide Image picks are picked solely on their image in the guide,

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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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SOLOW FLASH INTERVIEWS 2014, EPISODE THREE: Michael Durkin, Joshua McLucas and Michael Broussard

The fifth SoLow Fest features over forty individual shows across Philadelphia. How are you supposed to pick which ones you want to see? They only cost $5 (or whatever you want to fork over—Lo, the magic of Pay What You Can) so you can see more than one so long as you know what’s going on.

To give you a clearer picture of what’s in store, freelance writer/performer Julius Ferraro conducts a series of flash interviews of our artists!

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May the Fourth Be With You: Renegade Star Wars theater event coincides with announcement of Star Wars VII cast

In the vein of last years William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by local publisher Quirk Books, The Renegade Company is holding a one-off Star Wars themed event to raise money for its upcoming productions. Costumes! Shakespeare! Lightsabers! Faux-Southern theater-rockers Jawbone Junctions!

Help us Renegade, your our only hope.

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[1.2] BATHTUB MOBY-DICK (The Renegade Company): 2013 Fringe review

Renegade’s contemporary deconstruction of Herman Melville’s classic novel about one man’s vengeful obsession with an eponymous white whale features a tour-de-force solo performance by Ed Swidey and a penetrating script…

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[1.1] BATHTUB MOBY-DICK (The Renegade Company): 2013 Fringe review

We are all searching for something in this life, and oftentimes it’s something that can’t be got. That’s Captain Ahab’s story, but it’s probably yours and probably mine too. In…

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Michael Durkin: An interview with the creator of BATHTUB MOBY-DICK about, er, Moby-Dick and baths.

Call me Ishmael. As founding artistic director of The Renegade Company (therenegadecompany.org), Michael Durkin has provided Philadelphia audiences with a stream of engaging theatrical productions: Hamletmachine, The Amish Project, and Glass:…

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Another take on GLASS: SHATTERED (Renegade)

Pacified by a pre-show serving of *Little Baby’s* ice cream, the Renegade Company’s audience sat in a cozy room with broken victrola records scattered on the floor. Our tummies filled…

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GLASS: SHATTERED (Renegade): 60-second review

Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie is described as a “memory play”: its plot an extended flashback, its theatrical pretense laid bare. GLASS: SHATTERED, Michael Durkin’s reimaging of this classic of…

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HAMLETMACHINE + MEDEAPLAYS = Renegade’s Richly Challenging Work

n HAMLETMACHINE and MEDEAPLAYS, now in seemless production at the space by The Renegade Company, Müller has reassembled classic texts and plot-points into a dislocating new context.

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Two Philadelphia companies take Medea in new directions

The story of Euripides’s third place finish in the 431 B.C. Athens Dionysia festival is one to warm the hearts of unsung writers everywhere. The great Greek tragedian finished behind two now-forgotten…