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Evoking the kind of limbo we all understand right now: a performer in ‘The Way Out’ at Laurel Hill Cemetery. (Image courtesy of Tangle Movement Arts.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Tangle Movement Arts presents ‘The Way Out’

The limbo of life

A performance made for pandemic, ‘The Way Out’ took audiences on a drive-in journey through music, movement, theater, and glassblowing at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

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Making a missed entrance worth your while: Maren Montalbano streams her ‘Bodice Ripper Project’ for the Fringe. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Maren Montalbano presents ‘The Bodice Ripper Project’

Loving life backstage

Mezzo-soprano Maren Montalbano has long shared steamy stories with her castmates, and now she’s bringing them to your living room in ‘The Bodice Ripper Project’ for this year’s Fringe. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin and soprano Angel Blue, filmed at the Mann Center, made music while observing COVID precautions. (Photo by Jeff Fusco.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Our World NOW: An Opening Night Celebration

The Philadelphia Orchestra takes the digital stage

A scaled-down Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2020 opener offered a distanced yet defiant celebration of music and new energy for social justice, with works by Coleman, Rossini, Verdi, Mozart, and Steve Martin. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

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Unexpected lessons in capitalism: a scene from TONGUE’s ‘Currency.’ (Image courtesy of the artists.)

Philly Fringe 2020: TONGUE presents ‘Currency’

The wild dance of the dollar

In TONGUE’s Fringe Festival entry, ‘Currency,’ we borrow the five stages of grief to explore capitalism. Corey Qureshi reviews.
Corey Qureshi

Corey Qureshi

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An engaging, diverse cast (clockwise from left): Ang Bey, Christine Toy Johnson, and J. Hernandez star in ‘The Days of Re-Creation.’ (Images courtesy of PTC.)

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents ‘The Days of Re-Creation’

What streaming theater should be

With ‘The Days of Re-Creation,’ Philadelphia Theatre Company presents seven short plays that reinterpret the Book of Genesis in the best use of Zoom you’ve ever seen. Mina Reinckens reviews.
Mina Reinckens

Mina Reinckens

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It’s martial, but also art: the Kangaroo Zulu Dancers perform in Durban last February. (Image via Facebook.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Kangaroo Zulu Dancers present ‘Indlamu’

Shaka Zulu lives

South Africa’s Kangaroo Zulu Dancers joined this year’s Philly Fringe with ‘Indlamu,’ a performance captured on video that reminds us some dance doesn’t need a stage. Lindsay Gary reviews.
Lindsay Gary

Lindsay Gary

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The existential horror of being fat? Greg T. Nanni in ‘FAT.’ (Image courtesy of the artist.)

Free Fringe Philly 2020: Greg T. Nanni presents ‘FAT’

Fat folks deserve better

For this year’s Free Fringe, Greg T. Nanni offers a one-man show about the weight we carry. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

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Combining forces: the cast of ‘Crossover’ together onscreen. (Image courtesy of Green Light Group.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Green Light Group presents ‘Crossover: A New Pop Musical’

A multi-genre mess

Despite its promising music and lyrics, the digital world premiere production ‘Crossover’ is failed by the virtual reality of 2020. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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Relevant to dancers and non-dancers: Asya Zlatina in #Quarantineksvkhvkhkdvhai. (Photo by Rob Li.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Artist House/Asya Zlatina + Dancers and stb x at

Dancing into the future

Two performances explore dance during pandemic for the 2020 Fringe Festival. Artist House/Asya Zlatina + Dancers and stb x at offer different experiences combining movement, technology, and collaboration in innovative ways. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

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These performances don’t suffer for the lack of a live audience: William Daniels and Taylor Morgan in Allens Lane’s ‘Eurydice.’ (Image courtesy of Allen’s Lane.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Allens Lane presents Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’

Til death do us part

Allens Lane’s ‘Eurydice’ explores themes of isolation and heartbreak in a way that feels familiar in a world marked by COVID-19. Mina Reinckens reviews.
Mina Reinckens

Mina Reinckens

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