One Week Until Fringe!
PHIT is the place to see the best comedy when Philly Fringe starts next week and we want two things for you over the next month:
We don’t want you to miss out!
PHIT is producing or presenting six shows in #phillyfringe17 (drum roll please):
- A completely original musical comedy, Becoming Vegan
- Another chance to see Molly Scullion’s critically acclaimed I’m Ok, Are You Ok
- TOWN – A twisted comedic take on Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town
- A transfer from Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Cambridge Footlights’ Dream Sequence
- Moving dramatic improv in the style of Tennessee Williams with Elysian Fields
- The Flat Earth’s Five Year Anniversary Show (chock full of laughs and surprises)
Want more details, full descriptions of all our shows are below (along with which critics have them as picks)!
Two women, AJ, a vegan, and V, a meat eater, find each other and fall hard. There is just one problem, V has been lying about her carnivorous ways. Will AJ discover the truth? Will V give up bacon to be with the woman she loves? Will she…become vegan? This new musical comedy is full of original songs, some of which will have you laughing and some that will touch your heart, all while exploring dating, lying, and hamburgers. Written and Directed by Sarah Clemency.
The preview of Becoming Vegan brought the house down at FringeArts August Scratch Night and tickets for the run are selling fast – don’t wait to purchase!
I’m OK, Are You OK?
(***Broad Street Review Fringe Pick***)
Molly Scullion’s “I’m Ok, Are You Ok?” is a one-woman comedy show about healing after trauma. Exploring some of thedarkest times in her life, Molly Scullion brings forth a story about overcoming the past and finding strength and humor in pain. Molly Scullion has been to therapy, and she’ll tell you all about it. In “I’m Ok, Are You Ok?”, Molly explores living and healing after trauma. With both hilarious and emotional stories, this show takes you far into the depths of just how weird our brains can be; they keep secrets from us, they explode on us, and yet, they’re always trying to protect us. The show begins with Molly sharing a past trauma, and continues by following her brain’s journey to cope with PTSD. With tales of international travel, ice cream cakes, iPhone apps, and the dark holes of depression, this one-woman comedy show takes you on a rollercoaster of wins, losses, overcoming, falling short, progress and setbacks, all in one short hour. Note: This show has a trigger warning. Note on note: It is indeed a comedy show.
“Doggedly funny… an important story shared in a brave and unusual way” – Broad Street Review
(***FringeArts Fringe Pick***)
Welcome to TOWN! TOWN is in America, maybe. TOWN is an inviting place where nothing bad happens. The locals of TOWN are hiding plenty of secrets – silly secrets, sinister secrets, and they will all be revealed by the end of the metaphysical horror-comedy modeled after Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town”.
Written/Directed by Jolie Darrow and Jack O’Keeffe, and staring a cavalcade of favorite performers from PHIT’s stage alongside great new talent you’ll see for the first time, this show promises to give you the authentic Fringe experience!
See the entire creation process for TOWN on their Facebook page – updated throughout rehearsals and the run!
Cambridge Footlights’ Dream Sequence
(***Transferring from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival***)
Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show is the biggest show of the year. Join ‘the most renowned sketch troupe of them all’ (The Independent) as they embark on another exceptional world tour, performing to over twenty thousand people across two continents. Don’t miss your chance to see the latest on offer from the group that launched many of the greatest names in comedy, including Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Mel Giedroyc, John Cleese, Miriam Margolyes, Hugh Laurie, Mitchell and Webb, Richard Ayoade, Olivia Colman, John Oliver and Sue Perkins.
“The best comedy performance at this year’s festival” – BroadwayBaby, 5 stars
Elysian Fields: Improvised Tennessee Williams
(***Broad Street Review Fringe Pick***)
Elysian Fields improvises an hour long play in the style of Tennessee Williams, channeling a world of tortured, desperate characters while fearlessly exploring the themes of instability, marital strife, and repression featured in the works of the great American playwright. The cast creates a show ripe with unfulfilled dreams, desires, and the struggle to find escape from a harsh reality.
“Williams’s soulful, tortured characters provide rich inspiration for each night’s all-new work.” – Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review
The Flat Earth: Five Year Anniversary Show
The Flat Earth are Philly Improv Theater’s most senior sketch comedy team, pillars of Philadelphia’s flourishing comedy scene, and fan favorites of comedy festival audiences and fellow performers all across North America. The Flat Earth was awarded the Best New Troupe of the 2016 Montréal Sketchfest and runner-up for the Producer’s Pick of the 2016 Toronto Sketchfest. For their five-year anniversary, The Flat Earth return to the festival where it all began-the Philly Fringe– to present a best-of extravaganza showcasing material from a half-decade of remarkable success. It will be sometimes dark, often silly, occasionally experimental, and always impeccably costumed.
Chicago Sketchfest Selection, Montreal Sketchfest Selection, NCCAF Selection, New York Sketchfest Selection, Philly Sketchfest Selection, San Francisco Sketchfest Selection, Toronto Sketchfest Selection