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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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The Crossing presents ‘In Nature’ and ‘One Day I Saw’
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.
Jeff Kaufman’s ‘Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life’
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.
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.