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Tiger Players: Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists present its first full production

This month, PAPA seeks to solidify its presence in the city with its first full production, Tiger Style! by Mike Lew.

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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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Is It Always About Sex? Director Kittson O’Neill on the sexual politics of THE ROVER

If you don’t think every play is about sex, you shouldn’t be making theater.

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

DAMNED DIRTY APES! (Renegade): 2015 Fringe Review 36

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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SPOOKFISH (Haygen Brice Walker and Jessica Schwartz): 2015 Fringe review 17

The scary midnight show is something of a Fringe tradition. SPOOKFISH fits the bill this year.

2. HVS, 50 DAYS, JAhmed, HVS, phto Dave Sarrafian

FIFTY DAYS AT ILIAM (Hannah Van Sciver): 2015 Fringe review 4

This original ensemble-devised piece explores the inspiration and moods of expressionist painter Cy Twombly’s series of canvases on the theme of the Trojan War.

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CORIOLANUS (SHAKESPEARE ROULETTE) (Reject): Not your average tragedy

This chaotic opus reaches Monty Python levels of absurdity one would never associate with Shakespeare’s own overlooked tragedy reject.

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Reject Shakespeare: New theater company presents an impromptu CORIOLANUS with a drinking game

Reject Theatre Project launches this week with an inventive take on Shakespeare’s CORIOLANUS courtesy of Lesley Berkowitz.

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RASHOMON (Luna): Kurosawa on the stage

Luna’s adaptation of one of the finest films ever made doesn’t dare to change enough to be much more than a translation of Kurosawa’s movie.

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HENRY V (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): Bringing history to life and making learning fun

Aaron Cromie brings his inimitable brand of wit and insight to this exuberant interpretation of HENRY V.

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SAFE SPACE (Apocalypse Club): Fringe Review 39

A collaboration between three inventive local playwrights, SAFE SPACE provides its audience a Fringe adventure: a choose your own adventure.

Thierry Santine as Martin Luther and Richard Chan as MICHAEL THE REBEL.

MICHAEL THE REBEL (Humble Treasure): Tearing up the German Society library

Director Manon Manavit had not heard of Heinrich von Kleist when she found a copy of his Michael Kohlhaas on a street in Montreal. It’s easy to understand why she was attracted to the text.

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Manon Manavit: Taking Philadelphia by Sturm und Drang

Phindie talks to Manon Manavit, a future star of Philadelphia performing arts, before her debut show in the city. She just relocated from Montreal, where she worked with Cirque Du Soleil.