Leo, Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In addition to the season’s brilliant locally-produced shows, three remarkable productions visited from out of town. In the wordless dance-play Leo, performer William Bonnet defied gravity in a charmingly simple blend of animation and athleticism that culminated in the year’s best all-ages show.
On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God, Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The Fringe kept up its tradition of provocative drama by presenting a bonafide masterpiece from the genius director Romeo Castellucci, the brutally realistic story of a man caring for his incontinent father—a piece of theater so shockingly brilliant that it had to be seen to be believed.
The Suit, Prince Music Theater. Helmed by legendary director Peter Brook, this story of an unhappy South African couple was an exquisite reminder of theater’s possibilities—and a huge success for the Prince Music Theater, which celebrated its return from near-extinction with this jewel of a production from the world’s greatest living stage director.
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