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Gillette, a white man, onstage. He’s bald, with a wary expression, tinfoil hanging from his neck, and a blue hospital gown.

Philly Fringe 2022: Nick Gillette Improv presents Reception

Just a guy from another galaxy

Fringe favorite Nick Gillette brings his latest improv concept to this year’s Cannonball Festival with Reception, an unusual alien encounter. Crystal Sparrow reviews.
Crystal Sparrow

Crystal Sparrow

Reviews 3 minute read
McCarthy onstage, leaning conspiratorially forward, with brown hair & sparkly top, against a black backdrop with white lights

Philly Fringe 2022: Linnea Bond’s Heart Ripped Out Twice and So Can You! and Brooke McCarthy’s How to Be an Ethical Slut

One-woman power

Two one-woman shows in this year’s Fringe, Linnea Bond’s Heart Ripped Out Twice and So Can You! and Brooke McCarthy’s How to Be an Ethical Slut, tackle love and loss with poignant humor. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
All three stand at a secretary desk, a library of books behind them as they look at each other with surprise and enthusiasm

Lantern Theater Company presents Tom Stoppard's Travesties

Intellect in overdrive

Slack pacing and a dire piece of miscasting sink the Lantern’s season-opening production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Paoluccio, dressed as Parton in a sparkly blue knee-length dress, sings onstage with Stern, wearing jeans and a polo.

Delaware Theatre Company presents Here You Come Again: How Dolly Saved My Life in 12 Easy Songs

Parton positivity and music galore

Beloved country-song hits and a script that makes sense? A new homage to Dolly Parton, now onstage at Delaware Theatre Company, is a treat whether or not you’re devoted to Dolly. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Yelland, in an open plaid button-down, stands smiling with arms spread in a grassy yard. Two breast pumps hang from her chest

Philly Fringe 2022: Josephine Decker and Pig Iron Theatre Company present The Path of Pins or the Path of Needles

Dare to dream of motherhood

Pig Iron’s latest Fringe Festival collaboration terrifies and excites in this fairytale for an audience of “pregnant dreamers” of any gender. Emily Esten reviews.
Emily Esten

Emily Esten

Reviews 2 minute read
Show logo. Title in white at bottom left. At top right, a woman’s angry eye looks through a hole in a red & white wall.

Philly Fringe 2022: Marlen Puello presents Homo Femina

The brutal world of womanhood

This streaming Fringe experience from choreographer Marlen Puello explores society's treatment of womanhood. Crystal Sparrow reviews.
Crystal Sparrow

Crystal Sparrow

Reviews 2 minute read
At left, a line of seated people raise wine glasses over a huge white table; Sobelle stands beyond them like a butler.

Philly Fringe 2022: Geoff Sobelle presents FOOD

A miraculous table

Geoff Sobelle continues his miraculous exploration of the ways we live and consume with FOOD, his latest Curated Fringe entry. Helen Walsh reviews.
Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh

Reviews 3 minute read
A man in black trains a leaf blower on two actors dressed like cheerleaders. One holds her nose and one removes his panties.

Philly Fringe 2022: Brian Sanders’ JUNK presents Luster

Tragic, comic, and overexposed

Brian Sanders’ JUNK presents Luster, an immersive show exploring the lengths people go for fame and success. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 3 minute read
5 students in classroom desks sit around a 6th, who holds a book and wears a fake mustache. There’s a large chalkboard behind

Philly Fringe 2022: Temple Theaters presents Group Project

Time for the real test

A new original Fringe performance from Temple Theaters captures the frenzy of teenage anxiousness, rebellion, and hope in an uncertain world. Emily Esten reviews.
Emily Esten

Emily Esten

Reviews 3 minute read
Mayer poses against a brick wall, one leg lifted, in blue peacock-inspired drag and thigh-high white stiletto boots.

Cannonball Festival 2022: Emily Mayer presents Bower Bird

Bower Bird is the word

Emily Mayer’s Bower Bird takes us on a delightful bird-clown romp exploring the courtship and physical presentation rituals we share across species. Emily Esten reviews.
Emily Esten

Emily Esten

Reviews 2 minute read