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Ongals: Babbling Comedy – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

four koren men dressed as toddlers in babygrows

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Following on the heels of the K-Pop phenomenon, Korean comedy troupe Ongals, bring their old-school with a new twist slapstick to the Fringe after successful runs in South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Clad in eye-popping toddler outfits, the rosy-cheeked, Three Stooges-haircut foursome combine magic, circus, mime, physical comedy, juggling, bell-ringing, breaking wind and beatboxing. Intending ...

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Yellow Card Red Card – New Ohio Theatre, New York

Writer: Melisa Tien Director: Tamilla Woodard Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell The classic sports narrative features athletes who overcome adversity by losing themselves in the game, often forging friendships and finding opportunities along the way. Yellow Card Red Card, playing at New Ohio Theatre’s ICE Factory Festival, stays true to this narrative without feeling like a rehash of the familiar. Yellow ...

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Lucky – Dixon Place, New York

(Lucky) (Dixon Place) (NYC) (c)Nina Wurtzel Photography

Music: David Evans Choreographer: Tyler Holoboski Directors: Henry Evans & Tommy McCarthy Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Dixon Place is the current home of Lucky, Atlas Circus Company’s newest narrative circus created by Henry Evans and Tommy McCarthy. Lucky is a wondrous, fantastical, tidal wave of joy that packs an incredibly powerful punch into a compact run time of just under one ...

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The Unwritten Law – Dixon Place, New York

(The Unwritten Law)(Dixon Place)(NYC)

Music: A.J. Khaw & Varuni Tiruchelvam Writer: Chesney Snow Choreographer: Rebecca Arends Director: Rebecca Arends Reviewer: Robert Price Chesney Snow is best known for his beatboxing talents, recently utilized in the Broadway a capella musical, In Transit. He executes complex rhythms while mimicking drums and record scratches perfectly. This gift is only a small part of Chesney Snow as a performer. ...

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Jungle Book – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music & Lyrics: Filipe Gomes Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Choreographer: Kendra J Horsburgh Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth For the majority of people, thinking of the Jungle Book brings back memories of an orphaned human boy on a journey of self-discovery, raised by a group of animals, singing I Wan’na Be Like You. This is not, however, what you'll find here. Poppy ...

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MIF 2017: Fatherland – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 

Men with arms in the air

Writer: Scott Graham, Karl Hyde, Simon Stephens Music: Karl Hyde Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Jo Beggs Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens all went home. Back to their scattered hometowns, those places long left behind but which had shaped their childhoods and their lives. In Corby, Kidderminster, and Stockport they interviewed men about their fathers and their sons. Some ...

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Failure – Judson Memorial Church, New York

Choreographer: Laura Peterson Director: Laura Peterson Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Choreographer Laura Peterson ruminates on the nature of winning and losing and the acquisition of material wealth as a symbol of success in her new dance installation Failure, running at Judson Memorial Church. Failure employs fragile sculpture and aerobic choreography to drive its ideas home. Performed in the main chapel ...

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Amy Surratt’s FIRST AND LAST (show) – The Club at La MaMa, New York

Writers: Amy R. Surratt & Tosha R. Taylor Director: Kristen Holfeuer Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Collaborative theatre artist Amy R. Surratt is out to confront what she calls some “Unfinished Business with Home” in her experimental performance piece Amy Surratt’s FIRST AND LAST (show), at The Club at La MaMa. In an evening filled with hoedowns, traditional string music, and ...

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