Aaron Cromie’s good-natured portrayal reflects the real Lautrec, who retained his artist’s eye and famed geniality even as he joined his friends in their sad retreat into alcoholism and the dementia of syphilis.View More THE BODY LAUTREC (Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen): Fringe Review 53.2
I asked Tuomanen, who directed the piece, to talk about The Body Lautrec. On extremely short notice, she agreed (“Aaron called me, said someone was upset about Lautrec and you wanted to ask me some questions.”) We talk about filth, exploitation, agency, and other uplifting stuff.View More Nudity or Crudity: a conversation with Mary Tuomanen about THE BODY LAUTREC
“Your little ducks,” Leah says, as we look over our shoulders at the line of weaving their way south on 21st, “they’re all in a row.”View More Fringe Bike Tour Was Awesome: Three shows, twelve bikes, dinner, and some rides
THE BODY LAUTREC is not everyone’s cup of tea: a shockingly hard-core depiction of the depravities and debaucheries of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and his art.View More THE BODY LAUTREC (Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen): Fringe Review 53
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…View More The International Philly Fringe: A welcome to far-flung artists
Part of an ongoing international tour, FringeArts’ 13-performance engagement of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit follows the playwright’s rules: A script waits in a sealed envelope. ach night, a different actor steps on stage and opens the envelope, reading the script aloud for the first—and last—time.View More Fringe preview: Actor schedule for WHITE RABBIT, RED RABBIT includes David Morse
Wanna experience the best of Fringe, but don’t know how? Overwhelmed by the offerings of the Guide? Fearful to take your first taste of Philly’s oldest and largest performance festival and somehow get it wrong? Or else just don’t want to do it alone?
Join Phindie for a one-day Fringe immersion, led by Julius Ferraro—Phindie.com theater editor, journalist, playwright, performer, and veteran fringehopper.View More PHINDIE’S OFFICIAL FRINGE BIKE TOUR: Experience Fringe in a way never before possible
Playwright Douglas Williams collaborated on a stand-out Fringe hit of 2013, Holly’s Dead Soldiers Doug shared five picks the 2014 Fest.View More Doug Williams’s 5 Fringe Picks: Festival fave reveals his not-to-miss shows
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.View More Deb Miller’s 15 Top Picks for the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival
Dunk the master of mystery in a vat of absurdity and you have Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, a zany adaptation of the 1935 movie.…View More Video Preview: Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS at Theatre Horizon
THREE SISTERS is the story not only of its title characters—the sisters Olga (Sarah Sanford), Masha (Katharine Powell) and Irina (Mary Tuomanen)—but also of the various characters who shuffle in and out of their country home over the course of a few years. It’s a soap opera on wheels as nearly everyone falls in love, gets caught up in adultery and waxes philosophical, all while sinking deeper and deeper into the exact sorts of lives they never wanted to lead.View More THREE SISTERS (Arden Theatre): Does the gimmick stick?
Here’s the setup: A young man has lived with his male lover for a few years. During a spat he falls for a woman. Things…View More COCK (Theatre Exile): Spatial choreography reveals isolation, influence, and alliances.
Finding love and self-knowledge beyond the fixed categories of sexual identity (gay, straight, or bi) is the central theme of Michael Bartlett’s COCK, now in…View More COCK (Theatre Exile): A Provocative Fight for Love and Identity
This town knows Aaron Cromie, polymath of the arts—puppeteer, performer, director, designer of puppets, sets, and props; choreographer, musician, teacher, and writer. What else? I…View More  SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED (Aaron Cromie & Mary Tuomanen): 2013 Fringe review
As its mission, Phindie provides independent coverage of Philadelphia theater and arts, with a focus on independent theater. So the Philly Fringe Festival* is a…View More 2013 Philly Fringe Festival :: the MOST coverage and Six Picks for the Festival
Aaron Cromie, one half of a double-act with Mary Tuomanen, describes with relish the process of creating their latest Fringe piece, Saint Joan, Betrayed. For Saint…View More SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED, a preview: Really cool masks and puppety things
It’s perhaps peculiar that there aren’t more established theater spaces in South Philadelphia (The Shubin and Theatre Exile’s new headquarters are lonely outposts). And in…View More Fringe Preview 7: South Philly Fringe
HUSH NOW SWEET HIGH HEELS AND OAK by Brian Sanders’ JUNK (Photo credit: Steve Belkowitz) This year’s FringeArts Festival has a new name, but the…View More Deb Miller’s Top Picks for FringeArts 2013
As the established Philadelphia companies enter their long off-season, the SoLow Festival is providing a welcome dose of idiosyncratic theater at some unusual venues around…View More THE VIOLENCE OF THE LAMBS (OR THE ANIMAL VS. HUMAN WAR) (Chris Davis): 60-second review
“My mom always told me to be careful accepting invitations, but how often does a Mexican lion invite you to a cantina?” Philadelphia has bright…View More Sharing a Cerveza with THE DRUNK LION