As The Matzo Ball Turns is Turning Out at the Fringe Festival

The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is back for another year of experimental performances around the city. Of the dozens of comedies, dramas and tragedies, one musical at the Independence Seaport Museum might affirm your belief in following your dreams — and working part-time at a deli.

Running Sept. 7-10, “As The Matzo Ball Turns” follows a Hollywood story onstage, but has plenty of twists and turns behind the scenes.

Jozef Rothstein (played by Sebastian Paff) embodies the “aspiring” in aspiring actor. He dips his spoon into the chicken soup of Hollywood and just can’t seem to get a taste, especially with the ominous Hollywood Machine blocking his path. While he’s fighting for his shot at the screen, he works at a well-known Los Angeles deli and logs hours at an acting studio with his pal Mary (played by Joanna Ferbrache).

“We see the struggle of falling in love, trying to find his purpose, and I think it really speaks to everyone,” said Sara Viteri, producer and co-director. “No matter what career path you’re choosing, I think we’re all trying to find our place in the sun.”

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“Curvy Widow”: An Off-Broadway Toast to New Beginnings

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Actress Nancy Opel (left) and playwright Bobby Goldman (right). Photo: Matthew Murphy.

“It’s all about self-reliance and not depending on anyone else,” said playwright Bobby Goldman, of her new Off-Broadway musical comedy, Curvy Widow, now playing at the Westside Theatre in New York City. An autobiographical memoir adapted for the stage by Goldman, “Curvy Widow” is an 85-minute show that peeks inside the life of a new widow as she throws herself into the internet dating scene. It is a raw and honest portrait of a feisty woman who has to reinvent herself after the loss of her husband of 30 years. [Read more…]

Shabbat and “Fiddler” in Pottstown

8-Fiddler-222x300A Pottstown synagogue and a nearby theater are setting the stage, literally, for a combined Friday night Shabbat service and opening night revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” on May 13. After the play, audience members may meet Tevye and his five daughters — or at least, the actors who play them. [Read more…]

Written in Philadelphia, Bound for Broadway

— by Ronit Treatman

Last year, local talent Michael Bihovsky knocked our hypoallergenic socks off with his music parody video One Grain More. Now, he is launching a “fresh” new project.

Bihovsky is putting his collegiate experiences to music into “Fresh!” This musical follows Michael from the suburbs of Philadelphia to his new life as a freshman in New York City. Michael sings about his challenges and struggles, and shares the transformation he experiences.  

This is a show everyone can relate to, as it empathizes with the daily struggles many of us endure. In the end, both Michael and we emerge stronger.  

One Grain More

— by Ronit Treatman

Enjoy this Les Misérables food allergy music parody by local artist Michael Bihovsky. “One Grain More” will knock your hypoallergenic socks off!

When Marius, Cosette, and Eponine (or “EpiPen” ™) are invited to an allergy-friendly party at the house of Jean Valjean, each must create a dish absent of all possible allergens.