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(KENSINGTON) STREETPLAY (Renegade): 2018 Fringe review

I wish Renegade could conduct these walking performances all year round

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PIFA 2018 in Sketch: DOGGIE HAMLET

Doggie Hamlet brought out friends, children, and couples to sit around on some hay stacks as sheep and four performers entered the penned in area.

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Fringe in Sketch: ANIMAL FARM TO TABLE

Created and directed by Mike Durkin, ANIMAL FARM TO TABLE is a community dinner theater inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm taking place in the Urban Creators Farm

It's only in the second half of ANIMAL FARM TO TABLE that the carrots really start flying. Photo by Daniel Kontz.

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Class. Money. Power: The carrots start flying at the Urban Creators farm collective.

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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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BEOWULF/GRENDEL (Renegade): The difficulty of the walking play

The Renegade Company’s BEOWULF/GRENDEL, directed by the multitalented Maura Krause, leads the audience through West Philly’s scenic Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Ranger Betty (Lizzie Spellman) leads us into an opening where in the distance an astronaut (Steven Wright) pleads for information

Fringe in Sketch 6: DAMNED DIRTY APES! (Renegade)

As part of Phindie’s coverage of the 2015 Fringe Festival, Aaron Krolikowski is attending a series of shows and sketching what he sees.

1. Renegade, DAMNED DIRTY APES! ensemble

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Wear sturdy shoes for this wild mile-and-a-half theatrical expedition through FDR Park, where humans are pitted against apes and hilarity ensues!

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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.

Promotional image for Sam Tower + Ensemble’s 901 NOWHERE STREET, with Emilie Krause (Photo credit: Lauren Tuvell)

Deb Miller’s 15 Top Picks for the 2015 Fringe Festival

Top Philly theater writer Deb Miller previews the best of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

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The Fringe in nine and a half hours: the Phindie Fringe Bike Tour Diaries (part two)

Nine point five hours, five pieces of theater, ten bicyclists, and no great plan on how we’re gonna eat: that was the format for day two of PHINDIE’S OFFICIAL FRINGE BIKE TOUR.

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The International Philly Fringe: A welcome to far-flung artists

Anyone who says that Philadelphia is provincial hasn’t attended the annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Here’s the latest sampling of shows, performances, playwrights, and artists from around the world. Phindie writer…

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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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Fringe preview: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Mute Play: Trailer

The Renegade Company presents a new work, The Hunchback of Notre Dame…A Mute Play, as its offering for the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

The entire cast of the Second Annual One-Minute Play Festival at the InterAct, 2014. Photo credit: Seth Rozin.

The Second Annual One-Minute Play Festival (InterAct): Tipsy on Theater: Wine-tasting 90 plays and a night-out in Philly without a hangover

You step off the tour bus, the smell of exhaust replaced first with fresh air, then with the sugary smell of grapes. You sit around a bar with a wine…

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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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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.