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.