What they say

Explosive ideas, real passion: Eco-drama ‘Perfect Blue’ is perfect theater. Since life first appeared on Earth 3.8 billion years ago, the planet has undergone five great extinctions, events that have wiped out more than half of all species. Tiny Dynamite’s intense, disturbing, and absorbing new drama Perfect Blue, through Sunday at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City, opens at the beginning of the Sixth Great Extinction. In other words, playwright  G.S. Watson’s two-character play, featuring two actors who are (literally) separated by an ocean and who play off each other via Skype, is set in the realm of science fiction.” (Perfect Blue)

Tirdad Derakshani, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In many ways, Brewers Fayre and PPP are what theater is all about: a pleasant and revelatory shared experience, delightful surprises, euphoric satisfaction — and on top of that, fed, refreshed, and out the door by 7:30.” (Brewers Fayre)

Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review.

It’s a brief but powerful production that is simultaneously smart, funny, and chilling.” (Letter of Last Resort)

Deb Miller,  Phindie.

This is happy-hour theatre that can’t fail to make you happy.” (A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity)

Deb Miller, Phindie.

A Play, a Pint and a Pie is not your father’s dinner theater. The Tiny Dynamite company’s version offers: a drink, a slice of pizza, and a professional production of an hour-long play, with a new show each week. This week’s is A Number by major British playwright Caryl Churchill, and it is not to be missed’. (A Number)

Toby Zinman, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sound wacky? It is, and the hilarious ensemble fully embraces the wild farce in all its scientific nerdiness, personal infidelities, and professional misconduct with spot-on comedic timing and full-out physical humor for a fun-filled hour of laughs. And with your $15 ticket, you also get a slice of pizza and a drink!” (We Can All Agree To Pretend his Never Happened)

Deb Miller, Phindie.

It is such a novel way to attract people to the theatre that it makes you wonder why no one ever did this before.”

Sharon Geller, The Examiner.

It’s a perfect time to unwind after work, and differs from more formal theater presentations, which usually begin later in the evening. That and the fact that each play takes up just one tidy hour is all part of Tiny Dynamite’s grand plan to encourage people who might not normally go to the theatre to stop by and enjoy a small part of Philadelphia’s amazing theatre experience”.

Deni Kasrel, uwishunu.

Talk about a warm welcome! Yes, with an exceptionally hospitable concept imported from Glasgow’s popular lunchtime series by the same name, theatergoers in Philadelphia this month have been enjoying with giddy gusto “A Play, a Pie and a Pint®.”

Amy Rosenberg, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The concept launched eight years ago in Glasgow, Scotland, as a response to cuts in arts funding: a series of short plays performed at lunchtime in the basement of a pub, with a pie (the savory British Isles kind, not the American dessert kind) and a beer included in the ticket price. Having witnessed PPP’s success firsthand, U.K. expat Emma Gibson adapted it for Philadelphia audiences with her company, Tiny Dynamite. Pie became pizza and lunch became dinner, but the plays remain brilliantly quirky gems…A Play, A Pie, and A Pint® proves that theater needn’t be a full-evening formal occasion. Drop in for a quick one, you won’t be sorry.”

Mark Cofta, City Paper.

Tiny Dynamite’s production and Mary Tuomanen’s revisited direction give BORTLE 8 a
professional polish: smooth lighting by Masha Tsimring, a sound design by Adriano Shaplin which aids in transitions, evocative projections by Nicholas Hussons. Also, you get a free beer or mulled wine and a delicious English seasonal delicacy from Stargazy.

Chris Munden, Phindie.

Tiny Dynamite based their approach to dinner theater on a Scottish company’s 2004 idea for lunchtime shows. They have now been producing PPP for six seasons, so they know it works. I love it. One acts are seldom produced outside the Fringe, and the vibe is always warm and welcoming.

Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review.

The fine British-pub tradition of “A Play, A Pie, and A Pint” continues with Tiny Dynamite’s productions as this generous theater company dispenses, for the $15 price of admission, mulled wine and mince pies — both delish.

Toby Zinman, The Philadelphia Inquirer.