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Two white women actors lean heads tenderly together, inside a glittery curtain. They wear a mix of leather, velour, & satin

Philly Fringe 2021: Alter Ego Chamber Opera presents Alcina REVAMPED

Handel, with care

Alcina REVAMPED, a cheeky, queer spin on Handel from the up-and-coming Alter Ego Chamber Opera, embraces hybridity in form and delivery this Fringe Festival. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
An action shot of QvK, with two actors, a Black woman and white man, leaping high in the air while swinging fencing swords.

Philly Fringe 2021: Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents QvK

The monologue matchup

For its contribution to the 2021 Fringe Festival, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents a straightforward monologue battle . . . or is it? Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 2 minute read
A white man wearing a black suitcoat smiles joyfully behind a white table, his arms splayed excitedly, waving a smartphone.

Philly Fringe 2021: Brian Feldman Projects presents #txtshow (on the internet)

What is theater?

Brian Feldman’s 2021 Fringe entry gathers the audience in a digital space, like many other Covid-era productions, but leaves us with big questions about the nature of the art form. Alaina Johns reviews.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Reviews 3 minute read
A wall with decorative artifacts and framed b&w illustrations of various insects populate a wall with its own grass frame.

Philly Fringe 2021: It Gets Worse But Then... Theatre Company presents FOUND

Fairies hidden in plain sight

A scavenger hunt of sorts, FOUND encourages you to wander down Philadelphia side streets—or navigate an interactive Google map from home—to discover a world of the fae. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
Mae West poses on a platform, their legs pointed in the air with glittery heels, a stripper pole behind them.

Philly Fringe 2021: $7 Girl, Motel Montana, and Dr. Livingston Presents RUB HARDER

Let's dance about sex

Josh Herren reviews three movement-based works that explore sexual connection in this year's Fringe Festival.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 4 minute read
Actor Kirsten Quinn, a white woman in an olive-green blouse, is seen in profile looking thoughtfully at an old photo.

Philly Fringe 2021: Irish Heritage Theatre presents Dermot Bolger’s The Holy Ground

Ordinary life, extraordinary play

In telling the story of a small life that nonetheless contains big emotions, Fringe Festival entry The Holy Ground captures what Irish Heritage Theatre does best. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
A living acrobatic sculpture of three men, two on the floor and one aloft with his feet and knees anchored on the others

Philly Fringe 2021: The Cannonball Festival presents Galumpha

The art of human architecture

A performance from Galumpha combined acrobatics, choreography, and physical theater for a special one-day stint at the Cannonball Festival. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 3 minute read
A blurry photo close-up of a young white woman’s face. An orange banner at the bottom has black text: “Cannonball Festival”

Philly Fringe 2021: the Cannonball Festival presents Corinna Burns’s Bind

Welcome to the dungeon

Writer/performer Corinna Burns presents Bind, her memoir about surviving Philly in the 90s as a dominatrix, part of the Philly Fringe’s new Cannonball Festival. Corey Qureshi reviews.
Corey Qureshi

Corey Qureshi

Reviews 3 minute read
Seen from behind, a woman in a black dress places red-gloved hands on her lower back. She’s next to huge rusty steel beams.

Philly Fringe 2021: Asimina Chremos presents The Engine

Ticket to another time

Asimina Chremos conducts audiences to a time when trains were running at the Rail Park in The Engine, her new Fringe piece. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 2 minute read
A screenshot of a Zoom meeting has two white men, a white woman, and Black man. They all have serious expressions.

Philly Fringe 2021: Spin Cycle and JCS Theater Company present Adjust the Procedure

Theatrical cause of death

A story that brings four university administrators together after a tragedy on their Covid-era campus proves that the minutiae of academia do not make for drama on Zoom. Brad Rothbart reviews.
Brad Rothbart

Brad Rothbart

Reviews 3 minute read