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Philly Fringe 2023: Alex Marcus presents Waiting for Ganol
Behind the scenes of a gender-reveal party
Waiting for Ganol, a Cannonball Festival show that took us into the backyard of a gender-reveal party with mounting problems, allowed us to make our own approach to the thoughtful story. Crystal Sparrow reviews.
The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, September 21-27, 2023
Arts festivals, Ratha-Yatra, S(tree)twork, and Where the Young Bols Rumble
Rounding up the coming week with festivals and exhibitions to kick off the official start of fall. Kyle V. Hiller previews.
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: Urban Arts Movement presents Vincent Johnson’s Stank upon a Time: A Story about Funk
A lesson on the blues
Stank upon a Time is a transgressively absurdist exploration of the culture of Black music, from blues to funk, as the soundtrack of revolution and its survival and commodification in the present. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Susan Marshall and Mimi Lien present Rhythm Bath
A sensory delight
An inclusive dance installation presented in partnership with Temple’s Institute on Disabilities offers interdisciplinary delights at Christ Church Neighborhood House in this year’s Fringe. Eileen B. Fisher reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Rough & Tumble Productions presents Magic Trash Day
A fresh twist on the dump
Through creative storytelling, contemporary dance, and clowning, Magic Trash Day tells the story of one kid’s fantastical emotional journey down into the dumps. Helen Walsh reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: James Haro presents GO AHEAD
Pop-punk, heartbreak, and belonging
James Haro joins this year’s Cannonball Festival with GO AHEAD, an interactive solo show incorporating poetry and live pop-punk on heartbreak, love, and belonging. Crystal Sparrow 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: Joseph Ahmed presents Half Magic
A masterpiece of mixed-medium storytelling
Solo performer Joseph Ahmed teams up with director Cat Ramirez for Half Magic, a Cannonball Festival show on grief and mixed-race identity through theater, circus, and storytelling. Krista Mar reviews.