The NYC Fringe kicked off this weekend and is now in full swing. The annual festival is a massive undertaking, bringing over 200 productions to dozens of downtown New York City venues in a two and a half week period. The shows come from around the world and across the nation and they span every category possible – solo shows, plays, classics, musicals, revivals, experimental theater, dance shows, comedies, puppet theater, children’s shows, and theatrical pieces too unique to be found in any other setting. There’s truly something for everybody. Granted, the Fringe is a gamble – there is always some truly terrible theater in the festival – but it’s really wonderful when you unearth that special theatrical gem. And the price is right at $15 per ticket. If you’re a true theater explorer, pay $500 and see as many shows as you can cram in with an aptly named Lunatic Pass. FringeNYC runs through August 30.
If you like your theater to be a walk on the wild side instead of a plush third-row seat, or if you’re just feeling daring and in need of something offbeat to do, The New York International Fringe festival starts today (Friday, August 14) and runs through Sunday, August 30.
More than 200 companies from around the world perform at what is billed as the biggest multi-arts festival in North America; it was founded in 1997. Let’s keep those numbers coming: That’s 16 days, 20 performance venues (mostly in lower Manhattan), and more than 1300 performances to look forward to, for those of you who were wondering. Shows are chosen through a jury-based selection process.
Performances run from 2pm to midnight on weekdays, and noon to midnight on weekends.
Shows include “Selfplex,” which focuses on a 40-year-old writer who assumes the identity of a transgendered teenager; “6 Seconds in Charlak,” a contemporary romance told from the male point of view; and “666,” about four death-row convicts.
The festival also includes educational events (FringeU); and art-based events (FringeArt).
So it’s not “Oklahoma,” but isn’t that kind of the point?
For more information, call (212) 279-4488; or log on to fringenyc.org