Author Archive | Deb Miller

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘A Runaway, a Soldier and a Snowball Fight’ at Iron Age Theatre

In her world-premiere historical fiction A Runaway, a Soldier and a Snowball Fight, presented at Fergie’s Pub by Iron Age Theatre, playwright-in-residence Leah Lawler re-envisions the momentous events that precipitated the 1770 Boston Massacre through the imagined backstory of Crispus Attucks, a runaway slave and the first casualty of the American Revolution. Lawler’s approach brings […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Gilbert and Sullivan’s Switched! Or The Insider and the Outsider’ at Tavern Productions and PAFA Performs

  Conceived by emerging playwright Kevin Stackhouse as “a parody mock opera,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s Switched! Or The Insider and the Outsider, presented by Tavern Productions and PAFA Presents, is a camp mash-up of the titular duo’s operettas, Mark Twain’s novels Pudd’nhead Wilson and The Prince and the Pauper, and the popular film Trading Places […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Interview: ‘Revisiting Current Remounts of Past Hits with Terry Brennan, Tina Brock, and Greg Kennedy’

Three annual Fringe favorites have chosen to remount a past hit for this year’s festival, giving audiences a chance to see the acclaimed works they missed, or to revisit the shows they loved. I had the opportunity to discuss the new 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival productions of Spherus with Innovative Juggler Greg Kennedy, Antihero with […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Shadow House’ at Philadelphia Opera Collective and PhilaLandmarks

“Are you in here?” “Is there anyone here?” “Who are you?” Where are you?” “You’re not supposed to be here.” Spirits of the people who inhabited the Powel House at different periods in its 250-year history simultaneously move through its rooms with an ethereal presence. The unresolved issues of their lives keep them connected to […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Birdie’s Pit Stop (and the tribe of queers who fucked everything up)’ at On the Rocks

Camp and kitsch reign supreme in On the Rocks’ Birdie’s Pit Stop (and the tribe of queers who fucked everything up), an outrageously funny world-premiere parody of the horror genre and the second installment in “The Dead Teenager Trilogy” by hot young Philadelphia playwright Haygen Brice Walker. Company Co-Founder Elaina Di Monaco directs the over-the-top […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Making the Fringe Great Again!’ at WaitStaff Sketch Comedy

If you’re a stickler for political correctness, lighten up, head over to L’Etage Cabaret, grab a drink, and laugh your *#@% off at all the irreverent humor in WaitStaff Sketch Comedy’s hilarious Making the Fringe Great Again! A troupe of five of Philadelphia’s favorite comics—Jim Boyle, Sara Carano, Gerre Garrett, Chris McGovern, and Eric Singel—keep […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Exile 2588’ at Almanac Dance Circus Theatre

Inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Io, the principles of existential risk and human enhancement ethics considered by Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrum, and the popular genre of science fiction, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, under the dramaturgical direction of Nick Jonczak, has created an ingenious space epic that raises the big issues about life, death, […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘In the Clearing’ at Birds on a Wire

Birds on a Wire takes Fringe-goers on an evocative journey into the woods in a short-run premiere of its newest modern dance piece In the Clearing. The full-length adventure, choreographed and directed with imaginative vision by the young company’s Founding Artistic Director Melissa Cameron, is performed by an expressive all-female troupe of seven—Kate Abernethy, CrystalNicole, […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Room 21’ by Jace Clayton at The Barnes Foundation

The 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival celebrated its official launch at the Barnes Foundation on Friday evening with an extraordinary one-night-only sold-out event in the Curated Fringe, as New York musician/composer Jace Clayton (also known for his avant-garde work under the name of DJ/rupture) debuted Room 21 in the museum’s expansive Annenberg Court. The commissioned piece, […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs’ at Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium

Emptiness. Isolation. Boredom. Expectation. Emptiness. The Old Man and Old Woman over-react to the petty nuisance of mosquitoes flying around them, then yammer incessant inanities to fill up the void of their existence and to stave off their loneliness while they wait. Their nonsensical dialogue becomes increasingly frenetic as they prepare for the arrival of […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Carried Away’ at Brian Sanders’ JUNK

Boldly erotic, seductively exuberant, and profoundly intimate, Carried Away, this year’s world-premiere Fringe piece by Brian Sanders’ JUNK, brings all the physicality, psychology, and emotional intensity inherent in the title, and in the company’s spectacular signature style. Advertised as “conceived and concocted by Brian Sanders,” the world-class choreographer’s semi-autobiographical reflection revisits in dance, with a […]

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‘Take A Bow’ Part 3 in Philadelphia: Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances

Here is Part 3 of the Philadelphia staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ favorite performances in Spring and Summer of 2016. To all our honorees – TAKE A BOW! _____ Ensemble (Adrienne Hertler, Emily R. Johnson, Joe Palinsky, Joe Wozniak, Kevin O’Halloran, Phoebe Schaub, Steph Iozzia, Tom Lombardi, Will Jonez, and lead artist Sean Lally) in Nothing to See […]

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Announcing Circadium: A New Circus Arts School Comes to Philadelphia

At a press conference held on the eastern terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the members of the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts announced the foundation of its new professional training institution, Circadium School of Contemporary Circus. Scheduled to open its doors on September 5, 2017, the non-profit organization will make Philadelphia the first […]

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‘Take A Bow’ Part 2 in Philadelphia: Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances

Here is Part 2 of the Philadelphia staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ favorite performances in Spring and Summer of 2016. To all our honorees – TAKE A BOW! _____  Amanda Schoonover as Dorine in Tartuffe at Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company. Reset in the 1980s, Amanda Schoonover brought an uncompromising post-modern feminist attitude to the forthright housemaid Dorine in Molière’s 17th-Century French […]

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Here are the 2016 Barrymore Award Nominations

At a 10 AM press conference this morning, the nominations for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre for the 2015-16 season were announced by Theatre Philadelphia. A total of 25 companies were recognized across 26 categories; 21 of the categories are voted on by a panel of twelve judges; five special awards (F. Otto […]

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‘Take A Bow’ Part 1 in Philadelphia: Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances

Here is Part 1 of the Philadelphia staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ favorite performances in Spring and Summer of 2016. To all our honorees – TAKE A BOW! _____ J Hernandez as Ricardo Lopez in The Best of Me at SoLow Fest. Chilling, dark, and devastating, this 45-minute solo piece made a vitally important statement about gun violence and psychopathy. Adapted […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Cyrano: A Love Letter To A Friendship’

Edmond Rostand’s classic French play of 1897, Cyrano de Bergerac, is re-envisioned through a post-modern gay lens in Grind Arts Company’s Cyrano: a love letter to a friendship. The triangular story of unrequited love and outward versus inner beauty is now set in contemporary NYC, as roommates Cyrano and Christian both find themselves attracted to […]

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