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Archive | 2016 Capital Fringe Festival

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Review: Fringe POP (Performance over Projection) Private Track at the Logan Fringe Arts Space by Jane Franklin

The Logan Fringe Arts Space, now offering year-round programming, has launched a new annual series. Julianne Brienza, CEO/Founder of Capital Fringe, has a vision for experiment and the courage to make the process, no matter how rough, a learning tool for future editions. Fringe POP (Performance over Projection) in its inaugural season juxtaposes 10 minute […]

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Review: ‘Fringe POP [Performance over Projection]’ at Capital Fringe-

Fringe POP [Performance over Projection] is an interesting and laudable new theatrical experiment from the Capital Fringe creative team. Fringe POP, which launched last night at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, explores ways to combine projections, theater and film onstage, offering audiences an innovative new take on theater. The series contains two separate performance tracks […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review ‘Act Like a Grrrl!’

Act Like a Grrrl! by the Actors Bridge Ensemble opened at the Martin Luther King Library this Thursday. More paratheatre than straight performance, this rendition of Act Like a Grrrl! represents the end of a two-week journey that began on July 11 when a group of four teenage girls—Erin “Effy Sue” Forrister, Amirah “Aydee Mae” […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Underneath the Lintel’

Pat O’Brien’s solo performance in Underneath the Lintel has been captivating US and Canadian Fringe audiences for eight years now, and it’s not hard to see why. Seeing O’Brien—a longtime star of movies and television—up close and in the flesh is a mind-boggling experience. It’s a virtuoso performance, breathtaking in its depth and speed. Yet […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Whisper Into My Good Ear’

The scene is deceptively simple. It’s winter. Two old men—one shivering in a sweater, the other swaddled in layers of coats and hats—are sitting on a park bench, contemplating the emptiness of what’s left of their lives. Is life, they ask—this kind of life, without human connections or hope for the future—worth holding onto? That’s […]

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Review: ‘I Am Not My Motherland’ at Orbiter 3 in Philadelphia

I Am Not My Motherland, the latest play from the Orbiter 3 playwriting collective, is about a medical operation that has complications, and about a relationship between two surgeons that also has complications. Emily Acker’s play explores these characters in interesting ways, and it’s a stimulating work full of intelligence and polish. The two main […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Romanov’

Romanov, at Flashpoint Mead Theatre Lab, is a show that will pull you in different directions, musically (electro-pop opera?) and emotionally (did wrong or done wrong?)—and leave you sitting straight up. Staring at a dark and nearly empty stage as you find your seat (true to Fringe aesthetics and economics, it’s minimalist: a blond wood […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Human Algorithm’

She’s been described as a stand-up comic, a multilingual humorist, a playwright and a director. But mostly CJ, as she likes to be called, is a master storyteller whose ability to laugh at herself—and those around her—makes The Human Algorithm one of the most popular solo performances at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival. CJ is […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Fat Kids are Harder to Kidnap’

If you’ve seen Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind—the innovative devised theater work by Chicago-based company Neo-Futurists—then in a significant way you have already seen Fat Kids are Harder to Kidnap. You will notice the same clothesline with numbered fliers, menu with play titles, and looming timer upstage. Even the language of the […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Seven Windows’

In keeping with the theme of several shows in this year’s festival, Philadelphia-based SHARP Dance Company’s Seven Windows is another piece focusing on the power of dreams, death, and reincarnation. Featuring original choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin and Kevin Ferguson, Seven Windows combines dance with original paintings by artists worldwide to tell the story of a […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Dial R for Robot’

Dial R for Robot is a mash-up of Hitchcock’s film Rope and the film Blade Runner, with some references to Hitchcock’s spy thriller Torn Curtain. The funk-rock opera is an immersive multi-media sci-fi experience. The show provides the audience intriguing food for thought by challenging our morality in context the laws of robotics and the […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘SpookyMsgPlsFwd!’

If you’re looking for an adult comedy featuring a unicorn, funny dialogue and wicked costumes SpookyMsgPlsFwd! is a show for you! This fast-paced comedy imagines a world 60 years after the election of 2016. Intertwined in this show is a young woman hunting the elusive unicorn and an angry older man having a bad time at the […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ’22 Boom!’

Think commissioned plays are a thing of the Elizabethan past? Nu Sass Productions’ 22 Boom! is concierge theater at its nimblest. Written by Miranda Rose Hall and directed by Renana Fox, this imaginative exercise is “an avalanche of manic, miniature plays” – 23, the magic number, each about three minutes long. Eight energetic actors zig […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘TARGET GOLDBERG (HELP! ROGUE GOVERNMENT AGENTS ARE TRYING TO FRAME ME!)’

A “show” was presented by one “David J. Goldberg”, purporting be a “theater piece” about a secret cabal of heartless corporations/rogue government agents/reptilized Masons who aim to incite fear in the populace by alerting us to the dangers of “unlikely” terrorists radicalized by the Internet. These evil doers have a diabolical plan to control the […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Yes, And’

‘Yes, And’ explores the history of improv Yes, And… directed by Jeff Quintana and expertly written and acted by Playwright Zack Myers is a quirky bit of work that questions the nature of improv comedy legends and how such legends came to be. As part of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, Yes, And…, is a […]

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2016 Capital Fringe ‘Elephant in the Room’

There is an ancient Indian story that tells the tale of blind men unknowingly encountering an elephant. Based on which part of the elephant they touch, each man proposes that the animal is something else. Elephant in the Room, from San Francisco-based physical theater company Right Brain Performancelab, presents a similar experience for audiences. Depending on […]

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