New FringeArts Building Opens with Elephant Room

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Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford, and Geoff Sobelle of Elephant Room. Photo by Greg Costanzo.

FringeArts' first permanent residence, a converted warehouse on Columbus Boulevard boasting a 240-seat black box theater, opened last week with Elephant Room, the premiere of which was funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The production marks the soft opening of the FringeArts space, which will launch in its completed form in June 2014.

Elephant Room, which traveled around the country after its Center-funded premiere in 2011, switches back and forth from absurd buffoonery to "moments of vulnerability, surreal humor, and...genuine emotion," according to Jim Rutter of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Read more >

For WHYY's Newsworks, Howard Shapiro says that "the inability to fit the show into a particular box is what makes it so deliciously removed from the commonplace—a high concept that feels like...a high. Just call it an event, a fitting way to launch a theater run by FringeArts." Read more >

Elephant Room runs through October 20, 2013.