Fringe Festival news and reviews from Howard Shapiro, Peter Crimmins, and the NewsWorks team.
September 20, 2014 | Shapiro on Theater
It may not be everyone's idea of "theater," but the final Philly Fringe-produced show of the festival is nevertheless a dramatic event that can be touching, moving and at times, revealing. It's called "100% Philadelphia," from a Germany-based theater company called Rimini Protokoll, and it paints a living picture of who we are as a city.
September 19, 2014 | Mt. Airy
When G-town Radio Morning Feed host Ed Feldman came down from Northwest Philadelphia to 40th and Walnut as the special guest star in the latest "Mt. Airy Home Companion" show, he noticed one thing very quickly.
September 19, 2014 | THE FRINGE FESTIVAL
OK, here's your task.
Create a portrait of Philadelphia that could convey to people at a glance the variety, the complexity, the scale and the idiosyncrasies of the city.
How would you do it?
September 18, 2014 | Shapiro on Theater
I feel good! I feel mean! I feel strong! That's the mantra of the football team called the Owls. (Not the Temple Owls, another Owls.) They're indeed a group of athletes who are mean, strong and everything else a high school football player might be.
September 15, 2014 | Shapiro on Theater
A duo of reviews from Howie Shapiro; "The Body Lautrec," and "The Rape of Lucrece."
September 14, 2014 | Shapiro on Theater
A trio of Fringe Festival reviews from Howie Shapiro; "Broken Wing," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame...a Mute Play," and "Anna K."
September 13, 2014 | Shapiro on Theater
The extraordinary, brazenly abstract "The Four Seasons Restaurant," which FringeArts has brought to this year's festival, is an event and an experience as much as it is a performance. The 10 women of the Socìetas Raffaelo Sanzio troupe, led by the theater artist Romeo Castellucci, create a 90-minute theatrical treatise on absence – a wildly unusual piece that also explores desire, need and loss.
The problem for Ronnie and Jules is not that they're gay and falling for each other. The problem is, the relationship appears star-crossed from the very start: They're members of two different Mummers brigades.
September 12, 2014 | Northwest Philadelphia
Most people of a certain age have a memory of something very distinctive, Chestnut Hill native Josh McIlvain said, and for this year's Fringe Festival (Sept. 5 through 21), he's tapping that experience in a new way.
September 11, 2014 | The Pulse
The shattering news came, as it does for many women, after Susan Chase had a routine mammogram.
September 12, 2014 | The Pulse
One of the plays opening this weekend during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival is "The Body Lautrec," about the famous 19th century French painter, Henri Toulouse Lautrec, and his bones.
September 11, 2014 | Germantown
It's amazing enough to watch someone with the focus and dexterity to turn a handful of objects into a circling toss-and-catch waterfall, but with a performer like Germantown's Greg Kennedy, it's not juggling so much as conjuring a small, whirling galaxy with his bare hands.
September 10, 2014 | Listen
With so many shows playing at this year's Philadelphia Fringe Festival, it's tough to know what to check out. And while "Experiment 39" opened and closed this past weekend, we thought it was so unusual that it was worth talking about.
Alongside the river wall on Delaware Avenue, outside Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum, visitors will encounter a strange sight -- a large floating house that looks like it's sinking.
September 8, 2014 | Shapiro on Theater
A duo of reviews from Howie Shapiro; Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium's "Rhinoceros," and "White Rabbit Red Rabbit," from FringeArts.
September 7, 2014 | Shapiro on Theater
A trio of Fringe Festival reviews from Howie Shapiro; "The Adults," "99 Breakups," and "Suspended."
September 6, 2014 | Shapiro on Theater
The 2014 Philly Fringe Festival had officially begun, with 135 shows and attractions in a wide swath of the city. But nowhere was the action — or the scene — more heady on Friday night than at the corner of Race Street and Columbus Boulevard.
September 5, 2014 | Shapiro on Theater
The annual Philly Fringe Festival opens Friday night, but the curtain rose early on one entry that's also the season starter for 1812 Productions, the city's stage company devoted to comedy. Although the play, "Intimate Exchanges," is not new – Sir Alan Ayckbourn wrote it in 1982 – it befits a Fringe Festival because of the unusual way the show moves forward.
September 5, 2014 | LISTEN
There's plenty of free late-night entertainment this month during Philadelphia's Fringe Festival. But nothing screams Philly quite like the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, a regular show fronted by Pig Iron Theatre's Dito van Reigersberg as the eponymous drag queen.
September 3, 2014 | Shapiro on Theater
A friend complained that the trouble with the Fringe Festival, the heady conglomeration of theater, dance and art that opens on Friday night, is that it's "not Fringe-y enough." He had been scanning the 135 offerings just before coming to that conclusion.
September 3, 2014 | LISTEN
Philadelphia's Fringe Festival officially begins Friday.
This year's menu of theater, dance, music and other artistic works will bring festival-goers to locations all over the city as well as some suburban venues over the course of 16 days.
September 2, 2014 | Shapiro on Theater
It’s a crap shoot – and that’s one of the best things about the Fringe Festival. So often, you don’t know what you’re going to get. It could be cutting-edge and terrific, or dull-bladed and bland. Or in between. It could be new and inventive. Or something more typical, and all along the range of quality.
September 2, 2014 | Northwest Philadelphia
For Roxborough native Sean Connolly, it all got started when a trip to an Edinburgh hotel room turned out to be much creepier than he bargained for.
When the Fringe Festival begins after Labor Day in Philadelphia, it will launch a new combination theater and restaurant as the hub of year-round experimental performance. It may also usher in the future of the Delaware River waterfront.
It's almost time for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the "menu" includes active participation, intimate monologues, boisterous dances and intriguingly strange performances.
Featuring 130 shows in all, the Fringe offerings will take place at its new headquarters and in neighborhood venues all over the city.
In advance of the official Fringe opening in September, one ambitious installation is taking shape now on the Delaware waterfront.