After vaccines, “laughter is the best medicine”


Mike Marbach does not have a medical degree, but the founder of Carrefour Comedy Theater knows what to prescribe for a world where, he says, “there are so many things wrong”. After the vaccines, he said, “laughter is the best medicine,” and laughter is what Philadelphia Fringe Festival book with a comedy-focused festival in the Fringe hosted by Crossroads. “Being in a room full of people, sharing this learning and laughing experience is super beneficial,” said Marbach. “They can sit down and laugh before they dive back into the world.”

All of Crossroads’ shows, which are rich in improvisation but include skits and stand-up, take place at the Theater Exile in South Philly. Marbach, which comes from the now closed Philly improvisation theater, collected a few favorites, among which Study hall, originally produced for the Fringe in 2013. A real teacher gives a serious (short!) lecture. This is the learning part. Then a troop of talented improvisers riff on the themes to make people laugh.

There is also Extreme! Extreme! according to current events. “We’re trying to educate people on current events,” Marbach said, so stay tuned for the whole lineup – COVID-19, voter suppression and “dogs on skateboards.”

Two shows with great funny potential but which are particularly difficult from the point of view of the performers are Not yet rated, in which the performers follow a suggestion from the audience and a suggested genre (horror, science fiction) to create an improv film, and Thanks, Places: an improved musical – the same idea with choreography and soundtrack.

“The main challenge is keeping track of what’s going on and who the characters are,” Marbach said. More delicate is what Marbach calls “the plane landing,” putting an end to all of those hastily-designed plot elements.

The shows will take place from September 22 to 27 at Theater of exile, 1340 S. 13th St., Philadelphia. For more information on the shows, visit the crossroads website, To purchase tickets for a particular show, search for the show on the Fringe website,

The courtship and marriage started off beautifully, but what followed when Monica, played by Kirsten quinn, married a famous footballer was not so beautiful – mental violence, isolation and heartache. On the day of her funeral, she is embarrassed and heartbroken that no one knows who she is. What was wrong? The Irish Heritage Theater, whose mission is to introduce Irish and Irish American theater to audiences in Philadelphia and beyond, promises a surprising ending to its season opener. Delivered online, Dermot Bolger nuanced solo work, The Holy Land, is led by Peggy mecham.

Recorded live and broadcast. Tickets available via the Irish Heritage Theater website September 22-26.

Two performers play 13 (!) Roles, as well as the piano, in a hilarious musical mystery for two, Murder for two, written by Joe kinosian, who takes on the role (or should it be the roles?) of The suspects at the Bristol Riverside Theater. For fun and fundraising, the theater is offering two pre-show champagne cruises departing from Trenton Marina, admission included, for $ 100 on September 26 and October 3. Call 215-785-6664 for cruise information.

Until October 10 at Bristol Riverside Theater, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, 19007, Proof of vaccination and mandatory masks. Unvaccinated people with a recent negative COVID-19 test can attend a special performance on October 9 at 2 p.m.

Tied to a chair, actress Billie Whitelaw’s the head, hooded in black, was held in a vise to keep her lips light in 1973 when she played the role of Mouth in Samuel Beckett’s 15-minute solo piece, Not me. Another actress, Jessica Tandy, needed a teleprompter, and a third did the whole room in one fell swoop by not swallowing for nine minutes. Often staged as a lonely mouth babbling in the dark, the Not me version at Philadelphia Fringe , is not as physically demanding for the actress Catherine slusar, two-time Barrymore Prize winner, who will use her entire body in the room. Beckett told an actress that he was “not unduly concerned with intelligibility. I hope the play can work on the audience’s nerves, not their intellect. This production, directed by Marc Lord, drama professor at Bryn Mawr College, believes Beckett’s words are worth hearing.

Through October 3, by Joyous Eddies House of Theater, at 908 Christian St., Philadelphia. Proof of vaccination and mandatory masks. Tickets through the Fringe.

When Skeleton teyquil thinks of the theater, he thinks of all the emotions he conveys: anger, sorrow, fear, happiness, love, loss. In his Philadelphia Fringe Festival offer, Visualz soundscape, Skelton distills these emotions in sound and sight. There is no plot or story, but there is a river of feelings evoked by musical and sound selections interwoven with images on the screen, some connecting to current events.

“The visuals and the music will take you far beyond the room you are in,” he said. Skelton, who grew up in Philadelphia, has a number of degrees including a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Arts and another degree in audio engineering from the Dark Horse School of Music in Tennessee. His production Fringe aims to put all this knowledge to good use. “I wanted to challenge myself and push the boundaries. “

Sep 24-26, 7 p.m. Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts. St., Philadelphia. Proof of vaccination, masks compulsory. Tickets via the Fringe.

The title of the comic by Che Guerrero standing routine, Yo sabo, is an inner joke – a gentle way to poke fun at Spanish speakers who don’t really speak the language. On September 26, it will be Yo Sabo, entirely in Spanish, at Philly punch line, a comedy club. On September 27, he assembled a group of local Latinx comics for a Comedy at the crossroads show for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The title? Latinx 2044. “Look to the future when we have a majority,” Guerrero said. Parts of the show will be entirely in Spanish.

September 26, 7:30 p.m. Philly punch line, 33 E. Laurel St., Philadelphia. Minimum of two drinks required plus tickets. Masks required. Only transparent plastic bags or small handbags are allowed. September 27, 8:30 p.m., at Theater of exile, 1340 S. 13th St. Phila. For tickets, Crossroads Comedy, Masks and proof of vaccination compulsory.

Ursinus College showcases the work of professionals, students and faculty at its 22nd annual Fringe Cabaret Festival, at its Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, free, at 7:30 p.m. on September 24. Maturity in one act Once on this island with an all-black cast opens the season until October 3 at Cie Ritz Theater. in Haddon Township. A wine and cheese reception will follow See you in Bangkok… Who killed Thomas Merton, an original play written by writers in Philadelphia Thom Nickels and Sabina Clarke on the life of the theologian Thomas Merton, staged in Commodore John Barry Arts and Culture Center at Mount Airy at 2 p.m. on September 26. Check individual sites for COVID-19 requirements.

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