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A moving outdoor performance: the ensemble of ‘Miyake’ in ‘Taiko and Dance.’ (Image courtesy of Casual Fifth.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Casual Fifth presents ‘Taiko and Dance’

Taiko takes Philly

For the Fringe, performance company Casual Fifth collaborates with mentors and friends to create ‘Taiko and Dance,’ a video presentation blending taiko, modern dance, and music. Kelly Conrad reviews.
Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad

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Strengths of the Free Fringe: ‘Shitty Jews’ creators Sarah Knittel and Betty Smithsonian. (Image courtesy of the artists.)

Free Fringe Philly 2020: Sarah Knittel and Betty Smithsonian present ‘Shitty Jews’

Kibbitzing in the time of corona

Jewish performers Sarah Knittel and Betty Smithsonian are joined by funny friends—Jewish and not—to kvetch, commiserate, and talk shit in this Free Fringe livestream offering. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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The Study Hall troupe used to be onstage, but now you can catch it on Zoom. (Image courtesy of the artists.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Study Hall presents 'Comedy Inspired by Lectures'

Riffs on academia

Three academics lecture a group of improv actors in Study Hall's 'Comedy Inspired by Lectures,' now streaming for the Philly Fringe. Hilarity ensues. Suzanne Cloud reviews.
Suzanne Cloud

Suzanne Cloud

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Sitting shiva in the virtual age: the ‘Welcome to the Shiva House’ audience lights a candle in honor of Sam Bloom.’ (Image courtesy of Gabriel Shulman.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Benjamin Behrend and Logan Gabriel Schulman’s ‘Welcome to the Shiva House’

Living alongside grief

Two Philadelphia artists explore grief through religious ritual, inviting us all into a virtual shiva for this year's Fringe Festival. Emily Esten reviews.
Emily Esten

Emily Esten

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An augmented reality in Powelton Village: ‘Field Calls’ in the 2020 Fringe. (Photo by Tenara Calem.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Lupine Performance Cooperative’s ‘Field Calls’

Pixies in Powelton

In this year's Fringe, Lupine Performance Cooperative takes visitors through a Philadelphia marred not by pandemic but by magical invaders. When the dragons are defeated, what does recovery look like? Emily Esten reviews.
Emily Esten

Emily Esten

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Something just out of their grasp? The ‘HOMEbody’ ensemble. (Photo by Juliana Wall.)

Philly Fringe 2020: JCWK Dance Lab’s ‘The Other Side of the Window Screen: HOMEbody’

The home we inhabit

Choreographer Jessica Warchal-King’s JCWK Dance Lab curates a web-based journey through the process of creating a dance that explores the idea of home at the 2020 Philly Fringe. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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Not here to explain the meaning of disability. (Image courtesy of Vintage Books.)

‘Disability Visibility,’ edited by Alice Wong

Being in our own words

‘Disability Visibility,’ a first-person story collection that arrived along with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, is a platform where diverse disabled voices live in their own words. Alaina Johns reviews.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Image and voice evoke distance and longing: The Crossing teams with Roots in the Sky for ‘In Nature.’ (Image courtesy of The Crossing.)

The Crossing presents ‘In Nature’ and ‘One Day I Saw’

Fresh airs

A pandemic doesn’t stop the artists of The Crossing, who continue to innovate across necessary spaces. The group’s latest interdisciplinary works include ‘In Nature’ and ‘One Day I Saw.’ Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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“What we do matters.” Zoe Caldwell and Audra McDonald in the premiere of McNally’s ‘Master Class.’ (Image courtesy of Floating World Pictures.)

Jeff Kaufman’s ‘Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life’

Missing McNally

The 2018 documentary ‘Every Act of Life,’ seeing a resurgence following Terrance McNally’s death from COVID-19 complications earlier this year, is a wonderful look into the life and career of the theatrical polymath.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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The movie starts when the sun goes down: the Drive-In at the Navy Yard. (Photo courtesy of PFS.)

Back to the drive-in: Philly joins the COVID-safe movie renaissance

Movies take a front seat in the pandemic

The drive-in theater has reemerged as a popular activity in the pandemic, and Philly-area movie-goers are in on it. Cinephile Kelly Conrad says it’s a welcome relief from the times.
Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad

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