Archive | 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

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Revolution Shakespeare’s ‘King John’: An Interview with Director Dan Kern

Revolution Shakespeare, aka RevShakes, a Philadelphia-based company, founded by Artistic Director Griffin Stanton-Ameisen in 2013, started out with a number of fascinating programs, including an all-female reading of King Lear. They open the fall season with King John, the rarely performed play by William Shakespeare, directed by Dan Kern.  The Cast includes Kevin Bergen (King […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Third World Bunfight

I’ve long felt that if someone is going to cut down a Shakespeare text, they should take the responsibility of claiming co-authorship, since any editing becomes interpretation. This year’s Fringe concludes with two international works that accept the responsibility and succeed in creating new works, although in very different fashion. Romeo Castelluci’s Julius Caesar, Spared […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Review: ‘Incredible Dreamz’

A comedy collective, referring to themselves as a “polyamorous quad couple” or “Incredible Dreamz” starring The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie (Matthew Schmid and Jacquie Baker) and The New Dreamz (Rose Luardo and Andrew Jeffrey Wright), have whipped up an absurd offering of silly, surreal, funny shtick with a side of bologna roll to suit […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘King John’ at Revolution Shakespeare

King John, one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known history plays, is filled with intrigue, betrayal, and a pair of kings who are constantly threatening to go to war. In other words, it’s perfect for this political season. And Director Dan Kern’s production for Revolution Shakespeare, staged outdoors at Hawthorne Park, gets down and dirty with the play’s […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Imaginary Music’ by PhEAD at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

A one-night-only multimedia concert that paired Minimalist music–a movement that originated in downtown New York in the 1960s–with visual imagery and current digital technology, Imaginary Music by PhEAD (the Philadelphia Electro-Acoustic Duet) engaged and challenged the ears, eyes, and mind. Founded earlier this year by Andrew Litts and Ryan Olivier, PhEAD’s first joint effort and […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Philadanco! in Concert’

Youth, strength, beauty, rhythm, flexibility and technique—all synonymous with Philadanco! This Philadelphia dance troupe wowed audiences at Bryn Mawr College’s Goodhart Hall in their latest concert on September 23, 2016. They presented four distinct dances, which drew from African American culture, classical ballet, and modern/contemporary dance. Joan Myers Brown founded Philadanco in 1970, and she still heads […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Walk to Topaz’ by Brendan Tetsuo

Brendan Tetsuo began his evocative Walk to Topazas a solo dance journey to further explore his family’s heritage, developing into a fabulous Fringe offering. Traditional Japanese movements are combined with scintillating stylized dance in an endeavor to communicate the experience that began with his grandparents internment during World War II at the Japanese Internment Camp […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘One Way Red’

Mars is an atypyical subject for a piece of theatre, but with entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and the Mars One project setting their sights on the planet, Medium Theatre Companies’ One Way Red is more timely than one might suppose. It’s the western world’s fascination with the red planet, what it represents, that centers the piece. […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Julius Caesar, Spared Parts’

A playwright friend recently recalled something the Russian director Dimitry Krymov said: “I want to be interested beyond my understanding. My understanding can catch up later…. The best compliment you will ever get is: I didn’t understand anything, but I found it so interesting.” Although I think I “understood” quite a bit of Romeo Castelluci’s […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘The VS. Series’

Zany, gut-wrenching and stimulating, Bryant Edwards’ The VS. Series features five vignettes, each helmed by different writers and directors. In order, these matches are Miley vs. Mozart, Rat vs. Exterminator, Mother vs. Daughter, Movement vs. Stillness, and Peanut Butter vs. Jelly. Staged in a boxing ring at the Arden’s Hamilton Family Arts Center, with the […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Jungle’ at Bradley’s Bucks

Man and beast struggle and evolve in the post-apocalyptic world of Jungle, the latest work and first Fringe offering of the all-male dance troupe Bradley’s Bucks. Created and directed by dancers Teddy Fatscher and Tommy Schimmel (both accomplished members of Brian Sanders’ JUNK) and produced by co-creator Dave Morreale, the imaginative company employs movement, acrobatics, […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Tales of the Grotesque and Mysterious: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe’ at The Phenomenal Animals

In several dimly lighted rooms within the walls of the brick tower atop the Shiloh Baptist Church, Edgar Allan Poe’s tales, adapted by Robert Cousins, are being reborn, as eerie as nevermore, performed by the co-creative ensemble, The Phenomenal Animals, under the direction of Kate Sparacio. Waiting for those who dare is a congealing of […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Bodas de Sangre’/’I Only Came to Use the Phone’: ‘The Duende Cycle’ at Asian Arts Initiative

The Duende Cycle, two plays performed in repertory created by Eliana Fabiyi and Tanaquil Márquez, is nothing if not exceptionally ambitious. Comprised of a bilingual adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre and I Only Came to Use The Phone, an original devised work based on a short story by Gabriel García Márquez, the […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Speculum Diaries’

  In the opening moments of Speculum Diaries, Irina Varina’s self-portrait-in-motion now playing at 1fiftyOne gallery, she bashfully confesses, “This is the story of a happy girl.” She adds, however, that it may be, “Hard to define.” Loneliness and alienation—the elusive specters inhabiting Speculum Diaries’ tender environs—rarely are. Originally conceived as a three-minute living diary, […]

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