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The BSR Podcast, season 7, episode 11: Paper Doll Ensemble presents The Pecking Order
Sit down with 2023 Philly Fringe artist Amanda Jensen
We continue our coverage of the 2023 Philly Fringe Festival with Paper Doll Ensemble cofounder Amanda Jensen in conversation with Darnelle Radford about The Pecking Order, a new look at Roe v. Wade.
The Crossing presents Crickets in Our Backyard
Premieres by Wang Lu, Tania León, and Ayanna Woods
The Crossing choir opens its new season with Crickets in Our Backyard, featuring world premieres by Tania León and Ayanna Woods and an “indoor premiere” by Wang Lu. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Spanking Macbeth and Macbeth in a Bar
Where Shakespeare’s never done
The 2023 Philly Fringe takes on Macbeth in two different shows: Spanking Macbeth, an original play, and Macbeth in a Bar, a restaging at Lilly’s Ferry. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Humble Materials presents The Yellow Wallpaper
A descent into sanity
Humble Materials takes on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s classic feminist short story with theater, dance, and impressive makeup in this year’s Fringe. Jill Ivey reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: IKantKoan Play/s presents Tea Party at the End of the World
Good to the last drop
How would you like to spend the end of the world—or maybe just your own end? This immersive Fringe experience offers big questions with a warm cup of tea. Emily Esten reviews.
The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, September 14-20, 2023
Wildest Dreams, Chasing LOVE, Never Broken, and Oktoberfest this week
A 12-foot puppet takes to the parkway, Ugandan classical music comes to West Philly, and the Wildest Dreams open at Magic Gardens. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week.
Philly Fringe 2023: Denise Stephenson presents Finding Melania
A haunting and hilarious dinner party of the mind
Denise Stephenson invokes the specter of our former First Lady in Finding Melania, a one-woman show at the Philly Fringe that offers a surreal portrait of complicity and alienation. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Evalina Carbonell presents Fruit of Her Lips
A woman’s journey
Blending poetry and dance, Evalina Carbonell’s Fringe show Fruit of Her Lips explored the feminine triune, bringing to life archetypes of womanhood. Zara Waters reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Flamencodanza and KCBCxKCBCII’s Summer Series
Classical dance with contemporary flair
Two Fringe Festival performances feature classical forms of dance while looking to the present and future: Aylin Bayaz and Raúl Mannola’s Flamencodanza and KCBCxKCBCII’s Summer Series. Melissa Strong reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: IRC presents Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall
Theater of the abs(heard)
All That Fall, a hilarious and unsettling jaunt to a train station in 1950s Ireland, is expertly staged by Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium in this year's Fringe, offering laughs right up to gut-punch finish. Emily B. Schilling reviews.