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2010 Capital Fringe Festival Preview

By • Jul 2nd, 2010 • Category: Fringe, News

Last night Laura and I attended the 5th Annual Capital Fringe Festival Preview event. This was our first time attending a “fringe” event of any sort, so we didn’t know what to expect.

The Preview was held at Fort Fringe (607 New York Ave., NW) under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar. While waiting in line to enter, we were greeted by “Tea Party” protesters, a band of gypsies, and numerous actors giving out info for their Fringe production. It was a bit odd being among the oldest people in the crowd. Generally we are among the youngest people when we are out seeing shows. The crowd was friendly and boisterous. The small stage, under a tent raised in a parking lot, was framed with doors used to create walls for a backstage. It is an intimate space, but at times the din of crowd overshadowed the performers on stage.

After an entertaining clown act by the Bohemian Gypsy Showcase, we were shown scenes from a selection of Fringe productions. We left during the intermission (commuting into DC for Fringe shows will be interesting), but not before being treated to the bizarre (three women in their underwear as Elephants), brave (solo performance of Another Picnic at the Asylum), funny (The Von Pufferhutte Family Singers!) and confusing (Freud Meets Girl).

This is the 5th Capital Fringe Festival. 137 shows are planned, at 13 different venues. Performances run from Thursday, July 8th through Sunday, July 25th. In the past four years, the Fringe has given from ticket revenue, over $850,000 to Festival performing groups. Tickets are on sale now from the Fringe tickets web site. I think there will be a production for everyone, and with individual tickets starting at $15 (plus $5 for the oddly-required button) and discounts for multiple show tickets, you really can’t go wrong by supporting the artists at Fringe.

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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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