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PHAEDRA’S LOVE (Svaha Theatre Collective): 2018 Fringe review

Two decades after her suicide, Kane remains one of the most truthful voices in theater. Svaha’s production captures her brilliance.

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Four Theatermakers (Re)Focus on Diversity

The second (re)Focus Fest brings together four companies using performance to spark discussion about narrative, perspective, and history.

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Fringe in Sketch: (MISS) JULIE (Svaha Theatre Collective)

Rich people need it. Poor people have it. If you eat it then you die.

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(MISS) JULIE (Svaha Theatre Collective): 2017 Fringe review

In (MISS) JULIE, Svada Theatre Collective gives the naturalistic classic a much-needed reinterpretation.

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MARISOL (Villanova): Wake up call by golf club

José Rivera’s fantastically powerful portent of a world is fabulously riveting as directed by James Ijames at Villanova Theatre.

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CRAVE (Svaha Theatre): 2016 Fringe review 28

Depression and mental collapse run through Sarah Kane’s CRAVE, an indictment and exploration of love presented in a series of late-night showings.

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Taming the Brew: ShakesBEER brings the Bard to a brewery with a drinky MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

“The script is a little more silly and beer filled then Shakespeare originally wrote it,” says MTC’s artistic director Sean Connolly.

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MACBETH (Villanova): Ambition, conscience, fates, and kazoos

This production offers gore, unconventionality, and laughs, and certainly strikes up debates about the meaning of the play’s profound poetry.

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EURYDICE (Villanova Theatre): Death is a continuation of life

Death, as experienced in director James Ijames’s comic yet movingly evocative production of Sarah Ruhl’s play, is a continuation of life.

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LULU’S GOLDEN SHOES (FLASHPOINT): A deft treatise on cruelty

This is a play that is constantly surprising, entrancing, and always a step ahead of expectations.

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A Stage of One’s Own: MZ FEST at Plays and Players

MZ FEST brings together several local avant garde companies to provide dramatic theater opportunities for female artists.

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STAIRS TO THE ROOF (EgoPo and Rowan): An absurdist take on a fledgling work by Tennessee Williams

This is Tennessee Williams as you’ve never seen him, filled with youthful ardor, idealism, and scorn, and well suited for showcasing a young ensemble of emerging talents.

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NO PLACE LIKE (Kaleid Theater): Fringe Review 21

Part performance piece and part group therapy session, the self-devised offering is a soul-baring exposé of the growing pains of real people, in which an all-female ensemble of five creators/performers (Jess Brownell, Nina Giacobbe, Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez, Rae Bradley, and Samantha Rose Schwab) explores the concept of “home” through memorable events from their own personal backgrounds.

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Beautiful woman in row g [29] (Philadelphia): Simpatico presents craigslist themed MISSED CONNECTIONS AND OTHER CURIOSITIES

You can tell a lot about a city by looking through its craigslist pages. Jobs, apartments, M4W, rants: it’s all there. An exploration of wants and needs, longing and loneliness,…

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[63] GLOW (Kaleid Theatre): Fringe review

Though we’re all connected 24/7 via cell phones, Facebook, email, texting, and blogging, there is a human disconnect in our current state of existence, in our need to validate ourselves…