The New Orleans Fringe Festival included both conventional and unconventional theatrical productions, but some of the weekend’s great pleasures came from some of the fringiest moments. The scruffy contortionist/illusionist duo Button Wagon opened Trash Rabbit, a show full of gun-toting and references to living in poverty, by asking the audience to rise for the national anthem, which they delivered somewhat conventionally and brilliantly.... (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE).
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Review: 2012 New Orleans Fringe Festival
By day, N.O. Fringe Fest is for kids
NEW ORLEANS — By night, the New Orleans Fringe Festival Free-For-All tent, in Plessy Park on the corner of Press and Dauphine, plays host to music and naughty comedy troupes that would fit right in with the satirical shenanigans of Mardi Gras’ Krewe du Vieux, which is housed in the nearby Den of Muses.
But by day, this place, the focal point of a citywide celebration of theater and artistic performance, changes into an environment built for kids — Family Fringe... (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE).
Fringe Fest, in Underneath the Lintel a librarian pursues cosmic clues
New Orleans Fringe Fest 2012's “Underneath the Lintel” is a conventional production by the experimental theater extravaganza’s standards. Glen Berger’s one-man play is a straight dramatic monologue delivered with minimal props, thereby requiring maximum story-telling skill. Minneapolis-based actor Pat O’Brien couldn’t be better in the role of an otherwise logical librarian who has come to believe an ancient mythic character might be real. He has evidence to prove it, including his primary clue, a travel book that was returned to the library 123 years overdue... (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE).
Infernal Cakes/Adjacent Manias: A NoDef Fringe Review
"A folk-ritual-sport-dance-game-show-live-feed-live-mix-live-screen event," the promotions described "Infernal Cakes/Adjacent Manias," and rightfully so, as the spirited (albeit avant-garde) performance included a little bit of everything in that list. Writer/Presenter Joseph Herring explained exactly just what all that was and why it was there... (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE).
Fringe Fest, Grim and Fischer is a death-defying duel
New Orleans Fringe Fest 2012's “Grim and Fischer” is a duel between the specter of death, who is bent on delivering another soul to the after-life, and an elderly widow who has other ideas. The plot of the three-character play ping-pongs between the utter silliness of flatulence jokes and lip-trembling severity of a spouse’s death...(CLICK HERE TO READ MORE).
New Orleans Fringe Festival pulls a magical 'Trash Rabbit' from its hat
What a shame that scaredy-cats will probably miss “Trash Rabbit,” the wonderful duo performance (reviewed below) that continues its run through Sunday, Nov. 18, at the New Orleans Fringe Festival. There’s really nothing frightening about Fringe, a sprawling-but-mellow five day celebration of alternative theater that centers in the Faubourg Marigny... (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE).
2012 Fringe Fest so far
The New Orleans Fringe Festival opened Wednesday, and there are nearly 70 shows running at various venues around town. With two nights left, here are some recommendations based on what I have seen so far. My apologies to all the artists/shows I haven't been able to get to yet... (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE).
Fringe Binge, Vol. 5
As the New Orleans Fringe Fest rolls on, so too do NoDef reviews. The latest helping includes tales of being buried alive, new takes on the works of Edward Gorey cards and Shakespeare and intimacy. Click through to peruse... (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE).
Fringe Binge, Vol. 4
With the New Orleans Fringe Fest rounding a sharp corner into the weekend, NoDef returns to dissect all the appendix, knitting, and more. Click through for another batch of reviews to help guide you through the next three nights of theatre... (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE).