Archive for the ‘Press’ Category

“Very Provocative and Rude”

Posted September 10th, 2015

Still-Standing-You_pers-2---PhileDeprez7522-202x300Did you catch the excellent interview with Pieter Ampe in Philadelphia Magazine‘s “The Ticket”? No? You should. Sarah Jordan talks to him about the intensity of Still Standing You, which has it’s last performances tonight and tomorrow at the Painted Bride. There are promises of ball-tugging. Tickets here.

Photo by Phile Deprez.

“Underground Railroad Game” on Radio Times Today!

Posted September 8th, 2015

Underground RR Game DypticheditedshirtTop of the morning to you! Underground Railroad Game has been in the works for a while, and premiered in its full glory here at the 2015 Fringe Festival. It’s also a “huge hit,” and wildly interesting, according to just about everybody.

Fresh off their audio diaries for WHYY’s Morning Edition, Jenn Kidwell and Scott Sheppard are slated to talk Underground Railroad Game on Radio Times today, live, in hour 2 (11:00 am). If you miss it, audio usually goes up in the afternoon. But you won’t miss it, right? Right.

Department of Pocket Guides: Fiorillo’s Must-See Independently Produced Shows

Posted September 3rd, 2015

Over at Philadelphia Magazine‘s “Ticket,” Victor Fiorillo rounds up nine independently produced can’t-miss Fringe Festival shows. Spoiler, I will list them, but go visit “Ticket” to see why Victor says you need to go:

901 Nowhere Street

Andy: A Popera



Exit the King

Damned Dirty Apes!

The Empty Air and Animina

It’s So Learning

The Shoplifters

Like Pokemon, gotta catch ’em all!

Shameless Plug: Phindie

Posted September 18th, 2013

phindie1Hey, I work here, and even I have a hard time keeping up. But this year’s new flood-the-zone coverage of Philly Fringe comes courtesy of our friends at Phindie, which has dispatched an army of reviewers to cover like 70 shows. If you’re looking for some guidance to your last week of the 2013 Fringe Festival, saunter on over. Thanks, Phindie!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Press Round-up

Posted September 9th, 2013

OK, after doing this blog for a few years, I’m out of press puns. But don’t just take my word about worthwhile endeavors at the 2013 Fringe Festival. Links forthwith:

>>>Hey, it’s people I know! Former festival guide intern Julius Ferraro now writes for the Philly.com et al. project Art Attack, and here’s his take on this year’s fest.

>>>Oh, hi Cherri! My former Temple school chum Cherri Gregg reports on the festival’s expansion for KYW radio.

>>>We made it onto the TV! 6ABC coverage here.

>>>Boss man Nick Stuccio is afraid of tsunamis, at least when he talks to Philadelphia magazine.

>>>Wendy Rosenfield is on the family-friendly show beat for the Inquirer.

>>>Lewis Whittington talks dance with Brian Sanders and Gunnar Montana at Dance Journal.

>>>Chuck Darrow orients Daily News readers to the Fringe Festival.

>>>Peter Crimmins covers The Object Lesson for Newsworks/WHYY.

>>>Peter and Howie Shapiro talk all things Fringe for Newsworks/WHYY.

>>>Howie also has nice reviews for PAY UP and A Doll’s House.

>>>The GPhilly division of Philadelphia magazine will “help you get the most gay for your buck” at this years fest.

>>>Newsworks gets into the Neighborhood Fringe, with Alaina Mabaso’s guide to Fringe in Northwest Philly.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Festival Overviews from Newsworks and the Inquirer

Posted September 3rd, 2013

You aren’t the only one who’s noticed that this year’s Fringe Festival has grown even more expansive and international. Over at Newsworks, Howie Shapiro orients you to the 2013 Fringe Festival and offers 17 (I think) show picks. And at the Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns talks to just about everyone you know about this year’s fest and the expansion of FringeArts.

He also notes “the serene portrait of Jesus” that appears in our marketing material. And indeed, one must be careful. Sometimes, when you see the face of God, you have to take the entire arm off:

But you’re not a host for MIKE or BOB though, are you? Because if you are, you should’ve done a Fringe show about it…

–Nicholas Gilewicz

New York Times: Road Trip to FringeArts for Dance

Posted September 3rd, 2013

thesociety1Siobhan Burke tells New Yorkers that it’s time to head to Philadelphia for “New Fringe”–I suppose we are rechristened, after all.

Adding to the growing tradition of The New York Times sending its readers here for shows, Burke calls out four pieces in particular: Jo Stromgren’s “darkly funny physical theater production” The Society, Brian Sanders’ “different kind of mayhem” in Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak, Reggie Wilson’s premiere of Moses(es) and Colin Dunne’s “singular deconstruction of Irish dance” Out of Time. Story here.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo by Knut Bry.

No Snooze in This News

Posted September 10th, 2012

Spooky spooktacular! Not really. But after the jump, coverage of Fringe in cemeteries, my friend Cherri interviews Jumatatu Poe for KYW, some top picks from our media posse, and more. Rounding up the roundups again, here we go:

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All Your Media Belong To Us

Posted September 7th, 2012

I guess we’re kind of like a big deal! You probably shouldn’t play this too loud if you’re at work (unless your workplace is awesome), but you definitely should read the articles after the jump, which number approximately the same as the shell casings in this Clipse video.

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Roundup Roundup

Posted August 31st, 2012

It’s that time in a young cowboy/cowgirl’s life where we round up the roundups, as the Festivals are about to begin. Here’s some press and press-sorting of shows to help guide your way through the next three weeks:

>>>The South Philly Review has a beautiful cover story on the Aryadareis, one of the families performing in Headlong’s This Town is a Mystery.

>>>Great story from WHYY’s Peter Crimmins on the same. Hey, ditto for the Chestnut Hill Local!

>>>WHYY’s “Arts Calendar” pulls out some pics for the festivals, including Ivona, Princess of Burgundia, Brat RockPile, Tourettes: A Dancing Disorder, and Return Return Departure.

>>>uwishunu offers up lists of top participatory shows and top bets for unusual sites.

>>>Rep Radio‘s kicked off its podcast coverage of Live Arts and Philly Fringe this week. So far: interviews with Eric Balchunas about Wawapalooza, Whit MacLaughlin about 27, and commander-in-chief Nick Stuccio about all things festivals. Listen over here.

>>>J. Cooper Robb writes in Philadelphia Weekly about what is sure to be a most amazing post-show talk on body politics in the arts (following the single performance of Arguendo), featuring John Collins of Elevator Repair Service, Charlotte Ford (of this year’s Bang), and playwright Young Jean Lee (UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW).

>>>Art Attack, the Daily News-Drexel U collab arts reporting project plugs Barbie Blended, this year’s first Philly Fringe offering (opens tomorrow, whoa!).

>>>Top ticket for Stage‘s Debra Miller? The Gate Reopened.

>>>The Montgomery News runs down the MontCo connections.

>>>Ditto for Mount Airy, via the Mount Airy Patch.

>>>Dispatch from central Jersey, who loves us. We love you too! Come on down!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

News About Us!

Posted August 27th, 2012

>>>6ABC loves the arts that we do; story featuring El Jefe Nick Stuccio above, and plugs for Sequence 8, Bang, and Le Grand Continental.

>>>The Inquirer plugs Barbie Blended: A Pop Rockin’ Musical, which gets a head start on the 2012 Philly Fringe with early shows this weekend.

>>>The Daily News, Technically Philly, and Newsworks all have Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Open Air on the brain.

>>>Alum news, via Playbill: Elephant Room, which premiered at the 2011 Live Arts Festival, goes Hollywood at the Kirk Douglas Theater.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

We’ve Been Curbed

Posted August 21st, 2012

The Aryadareis

Well, not curbed, thank the gods. But Curbed Philly has a really nice piece on Headlong Dance Theater’s 2012 Live Arts Show, This Town is a Mystery. Check it out here.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

This Town is a Mystery runs September 7 through 22 at four different households throughout Philadelphia. All shows 7:00 pm; $35.

Press Preview: GPhilly

Posted August 14th, 2012

Natalie Hope McDonald weighs in early with her top picks for the 2012 Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe at Philadelphia Magazine‘s GPhilly. Too many shows to mention, so just click through to check it out. One thing’s for sure though: this year, a whole lot of us are getting naked.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Splash Zone: Water Puppets in Vietnam

Posted May 31st, 2012

Ellen Freeman is a freelance writer and former Festival Blog intern who is based in Oregon.

Here come the puppets. Photo by kkinjo.

On my list of must-sees for the week I spent in Vietnam last month (or, as the itinerary turned out, must-eats), temples, conical hats, and sidewalk noodle stands figured high. The Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre did not. Puppets? I mistakenly thought. That’s kid stuff.

But after dark in Hanoi, Vietnam’s historic capital, my travel buddy and I found ourselves looking for something to do. We’d been playing rummy and drinking bia hoi, or glasses of fresh draft beer that local watering holes serve for pennies (literally, it’s about 20 cents a glass). But the amount of tourists that were as thrifty as they were thirsty meant that the kegs had run out almost as soon as they’d been tapped. (This happens every night. I don’t know why they don’t just make more beer.) With no desire to head back to our stifling fourth-floor walk-up, we thumbed through the Lonely Planet looking for something exciting to do.

Ranked #1 in the Hanoi entertainment section was the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, a show that the writers of our guidebook did not advise you to leave Vietnam without seeing. If we didn’t get lost in the Old Quarter trying to find the theater, we could still make it to the last show.

According to our map, the theater was right on Hoan Kiem, a small lake filled with giant turtles in the heart of Hanoi. Of course! I thought. It’s water puppetry so it must be performed in the lake. Puppets in a lake sounded slightly more appealing than plain old puppets, so we set off for the theater. Ignoring the many offers of rickshaw rides—getting there on time didn’t seem worth the public humiliation of being a tourist paraded on a rickshaw and then paying exorbitantly for the experience—we made our way on foot.

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Elephant Room Takes Brooklyn And Does Things To It

Posted April 4th, 2012

Dennis Diamond, Louis Magic, Daryl Hannah.

You have till April 8 to see Louis Magic, Dennis Diamond, and Daryl Hannah, reveal the mysteries of the Elephant Room to Brooklyn, New York! They have been performing to great audiences, and garnered critical praise for their magic from such respected publications as The New York Times (“delightfully daft”) and The New York Post (“funny, inventive”), plus the show was selected as Critics Picks by The Village Voice and BACKSTAGE. 

“If there’s one thing that New Yorkers love–it’s magic,” explains Diamond. “And if there are three guys who can give them that one thing, it’s probably us three. The three guys from the Elephant Room.”

Elephant Room had its world premiere at the 2011 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, and was developed in part through our LAB Test production residency program, so we are thrilled by its continued success. The show gets into the minds and mysteries behind three somewhat world renowned magicians. In short, as they like to bill it: Three magicians. Two acts. One show. Zero boring stuff. Sub-zero intelligence.

At St Ann’s Warehouse, through April 8, 28 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11211. Tickets online at www.stannswarehouse.org or call 718.254.8779.

The magicians of Elephant Room also have this magical-like  website.

The Fringe Hit Experience (And Now What?): An Interview With Terry Brennan About 2011’s Heavy Metal Dance Fag

Posted April 3rd, 2012

Janice Rowland and Terry Brennan in Heavy.

In every Philly Fringe a few shows capture the festival buzz, and take off in popularity, audiences, and critical attention. In the 2011 Philly Fringe, Heavy Metal Dance Fag by Tribe of Fools definitely caught that buzz, establishing itself as a festival hit that nearly all Fringe goers knew about. It became the default show to see if you were going to see a Fringe show, and got a long glowing review from The Philadelphia Inquirer and a parade of good press from just about every media outlet. We wanted to find out how being the center of Fringe attention felt, what Tribe of Fools did to make it happen, and how, and if, the company has been able to use their Fringe success as something more than a one-off. We caught up with Tribe of Fools cofounder, and Heavy Metal Dance Fag co-creator and performer, Terry Brennan.

Live Arts: Did all the pieces just kind of come together for Heavy Metal Dance Fag, or did the buzz and the attention take you by surprise?

Terry Brennan: I can’t really speak for the rest of the cast, but the buzz and attention took me by surprise. We were hoping for some good buzz and word of mouth, we were promoting the show everywhere we could, and we tried to get as many reviewers and media folks in as we could. But Tribe of Fools has been creating shows since 2003 and every year we hope that lots of people come to see our shows and while recently we’ve been getting larger audiences, there were many times in the past when we thought we had a knock-out only to discover that the show just wasn’t received as well as we’d hoped it would be. So, I was psychologically prepared for Heavy Metal Dance Fag to be received tepidly as well. After a bunch of good reviews the first weekend, the biggest being Howie Shapiro’s glowing review in the Inquirer, I was floored. I didn’t really know how to react.

LA: Were you prepared for the attention, and did it alter the show in anyway—either as a performer or a producer? 

TB: Well, as a performer the only thing that really affected me was occasionally there would be people in the audience that I saw who intimidated me. During the show I have six sections of a eulogy for [the main character] Timmy’s father that I give. If I didn’t hit my light correctly, which was rare since it was a single spotlight, I could see people in the first row. One night I saw that Frank X was sitting in the front row and I almost went up on my lines. But usually I just tried to do the show, not think about the buzz or who might be in the audience, and if I did that it didn’t really affect the show too much.
As a producer, it altered a lot of stuff. Mostly ticket stuff and infrastructure stuff: boring stuff. But it really changed the way we deal with audience members because so many different types of people came to see our work. We usually just get Fringy young adults and a few older theater-goers who are looking for something weird and different. But Heavy Metal Dance Fag brought in everybody: young, old, theatre-types, non-theatre-types, LGBT, old-school South Philly—everybody.

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Fringe Comedy Press!

Posted September 16th, 2011

The Fringe Festival’s comedy line-up has been blessed with a multitude of good reviews!

>>>Philadelphia Weekly’s Nicole Finkbiner likes puppet-prov, and so do we. She calls it an Escape to Alcatraz.

>>>Uwishunu’s Allison Stadd picks The Waitstaff’s Real Housewives of South Philly Jump the Shark as a Fringe audience favorite.

>>>Philadelphia City Paper’s Janet Anderson raves about Friends of Alcatraz‘s clever amusing theater: “good music, clever staging… this is a very pleasant — no, better than that — a whimsical, thoughtful Fringe offering.”

>>>City Paper’s Brian Wilensky enjoyed PHIT’s 3 Mad Rituals.

>>>City Paper’s Ryan Carey witnessed/survived the hilarity of PHIT’s pro-wrestling spoof, Pro-Mania!

>>>WitOut reviews twenty-four, a two-act improvised show in which a first act character of the audience’s choice will return for the second scene, while all other actors portray new characters.

>>>DEER HEAD was well-received by City Paper’s Deni Kasrel: “bravo to the entire cast for making these whackjobs so worth watching”

–Christina Snyder


Posted September 15th, 2011

I look away from my news alerts for a minute, and all this stuff happens!

>>>The Burlington County Times runs a nice feature on Philly Fringe’s Going Back Naked (still up tonight and tomorrow).

>>>Twelfth Night: Stage says it has the 3 Rs: “riotous, rollicking, raunchy.” Time Out New York: “the general buffoonery level is superb.” The Onion‘s A.V. Club: “the best Shakespeare we’ve ever seen.”

>>>SHAMELESS PLUG: Josh McIlvain’s DEER HEAD gets a nice notice in City Paper. Through Saturday.

>>>Oh, so we had a little party last night. HughE Dillon was on the scene for Philadelphia magazine.

Much more to come!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Today in Festival Press: WE ARE THE ACTION

Posted September 5th, 2011

Hey, it’s Labor Day! As a refresher, labor is traded for currency, with which workers can purchase goods and services. Today, many of you are grilling and drinking beers to stand in solidarity with the achievements of America’s organized labor movement. Solidarity! I’m working, though, because I’m capitalist swine. In that spirit, let me take advantage of all the press we’ve been getting to guide you to some tickets to the 2011 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe:

>>>ACTION NEWS! 6abc, the inventor of that fine format, (excuse the commercial, I couldn’t figure out how to strip it out) says WE ARE THE ACTION:

>>>Amy S. Rosenberg wrote up a guide to navigating the world of the festivals for the Inquirer. We are legion, so if you’re having trouble picking shows, see if her article can help you out.

>>>Over at the Daily News, Molly Eichel cuts right to the bone of it and offers up choice Live Arts picks. She also scopes out our edgy venues.

>>>Whoops, I missed Patrick Rapa’s round up of “dark stars” for last week’s City Paper. So, there it is.

>>>Scuttlebutt has it that this is absolutely the most favorite time of year for Philadelphia’s arts writers. Is that right, fellow travelers? At the Inquirer, check out the growing mass of reviews for this year’s Live Arts and Fringe shows. HUGE rave from Howie Shapiro for Heavy Metal Dance Fag (in which you can see our former colleague Janice Rowland): “If you’re waiting for the buzz about what will be the big-deal dark-horse hit of the Fringe festival, hear it here first: a raw-talking, blood pumping, street smart and altogether charming piece – one of several festival shows tucked somewhere inside a basement this season – with the unlikely title of Heavy Metal Dance Fag.” Congrats, Tribe of Fools!

>>>Speaking of Howie Shapiro, he rounded up and wound down opening night(s) for the Inquirer as well.

>>>Peter Crimmins talks to Whit McLaughlin (Extremely Public Displays of Privacy) and Amy Smith (Red Rovers about technology and romance for WHYY/Newsworks.

>>>Lewis Whittington runs down his picks for LGBTQ-themed shows for Edge Philadelphia.

>>>Not to be beat, Natalie Hope MacDonald runs down her picks for LGBTQ-friendly shows and audiences for the blogs at Philadelphia Magazine.

>>>Allentown’s Morning Call runs down some of what’s on offer this year. So does the Daily Times (DelCo).

>>>Mashinka Firunts is covering us for our friends at Culturebot.


Again, sorry about those commercials. Go buy tickets!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Love for the Live Arts Brewery

Posted August 31st, 2011

Obviously, the Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe are the centerpieces of what we do here. But the Live Arts Brewery has, in its short life, emerged as a highly regarded cauldron of experimentation, and one that will be ever more important as we develop year-round programming. So take a few minutes off from buying tickets and watch this WHYY piece on the LAB:

Watch the full episode. See more Friday Arts.

–Nicholas Gilewicz