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Vernal Belch, played by Pax Ressler in orange shirt and pink pants, intimidates three other characters on a stage in a park.

Theatre Exile Presents R. Eric Thomas’s The Ever Present

Baby’s first urbanism

Staged in several South Philly parks, R. Eric Thomas’s The Ever Present is a family-friendly look at the magic of South Philadelphia and what gets lost as gentrification moves in. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
Two people wearing a hodgepodge of accessories and cloths face each other in a dim room with a ladder, tools, and more.

Philly Fringe 2021: Anastassia Vertjanova presents Unorthodox Methods of Cosmic Flight

A DIY trip into space and singularity

Unorthodox Methods is a loud, stimulating exploration in singlehanded accomplishments. Through humor, it explores ideas of lineage, work vs play, and when to accept help from others. Corey Qureshi reviews.
Corey Qureshi

Corey Qureshi

Reviews 3 minute read
A photo of a large, calm, greenish-brown river, taken from behind abundant summer greenery on the bank.

Philly Fringe 2021: the Highland Lakes Players present Do No Harm
and Montreal Honeymooners

History, real and imagined

In two streaming 2021 Fringe offerings, Austin-based Highland Lakes Players presents an alternative take on the assassination of Huey Long in Do No Harm, and explores the Canadian October Crisis in Montreal Honeymooners. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

Reviews 3 minute read
Actor Lawrence Stallings wears a shirt, pants, and suspenders on a smoky, red-lit stage with a wooden floor and backdrop

Lantern Theater presents Steve H. Broadnax III and Charles Dumas’s Me and the Devil

The tallest tale of American music

Lantern Theater’s Me and the Devil riffs on the classic Faustian bargain but adds little new insight. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
A close-up on the calm faces of Jacinta Yelland, Jacqueline, Libby, and Christina Shaw, white women in their 20s and 30s.

Philly Fringe 2021: inFLUX Theatre Collective presents The Choice

How do parents decide?

Should you have kids? Is that a personal decision? In The Choice, inFLUX Theatre Collective’s 2021 Fringe offering, three women theater artists navigate questions of pregnancy and ask who else gets to weigh in. Alaina Johns reviews.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Reviews 3 minute read
Actor Greig Sargeant, a Black man, plays James Baldwin. He wears a dark blazer and stands at a wooden lectern.

Philly Fringe 2021: Elevator Repair Service presents Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge

The great debate

In Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge, the performance-art collective Elevator Repair Service use a historical lens to scrutinize racism and civil rights in contemporary life. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
The bodies of three male actors in Love Unpunished lean and veer in different directions at the bottom of a staircase.

Philly Fringe 2021: Pig Iron Theatre’s Love Unpunished

Love is so short, forgetting is so long*

There are as many different ways to review Love Unpunished as there are people who died on 9/11. But only the living can remember, and speak a little about the unspeakable. Merilyn Jackson reviews.
Merilyn Jackson

Merilyn Jackson

Reviews 3 minute read
A small paper collage that cuts and splits two copies of the “Extraordinary Togetherness” title page into dynamic angles.

The Philadelphia Art Alliance presents Nyeema Morgan’s Like It Is

Extraordinary questions

In Like It Is, now on display at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, artist Nyeema Morgan reveals that words are as malleable as the air or paper they inhabit. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 3 minute read
The cover. A blue and black illustration of a Black woman’s profile in silhouette, with red earrings. The text is in white.

Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night by Morgan Parker

The intricacies of Black America

Poet, essayist, and novelist Morgan Parker’s Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night is a poetry collection exploring Black identity through humor, trivialities, power, vulnerability, and grief. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Reviews 3 minute read
Four Wolfthicket dancers sit playing in a circle on the floor. On the sides, two standing dancers move with arms outstretched

Lily Kind presents Wolfthicket

Fun and games at the club

Choreographer Lily Kind presents an evening of club dancing, contemporary dance, and child’s play with Wolfthicket, a real pre-Fringe find. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 3 minute read