Another year, another Fringe. I’m looking forward to this one, but before I talk about it I need to take a moment to say: What the HELL is up with this button nonsense?
“$5: A Fringe button is required for entry to all Fringe Festival shows.”
The only reasoning I can come up with for this is (1) we sell quantity bundles and want to make it marginally harder for you to share them amongst yourselves and (2) we’re willing to anger and alienate you – when you forget your button at home and have to spend $5 for a new one – in order to make you do free promotion for us.
Well, free for the Fringe folks anyway – the rest of us pay $5.
That bit of new idiocy aside, there’s a bunch of fun-looking things kicking off tonight. My preliminary list is after the jump, based on a quick scan of the offerings. There’s three specifically I’ll call out though:
We saw them last year and they were superb. These kids are talented and they’ve been well guided.
Mike Daisey, possibly best known to the internet-world for an odd incident that was highlighted on BoingBoing, Daisey is an amusing fellow who does a Spalding Gray-like monologue performance. Now he’s taking on the Department of Homeland Security.
Even if this didn’t sound like fun, this is a show at Studio Theater that would normally cost you almost twice as much. However during the Fringe they’ll accept the $20 per Fringe tickets for admission as well. It’s one more step – you need to get your tickets through the Fringe office or online – but I’ll do a little more to save $50%.
the rest of my initial eye-catchers after the jump…
The Sticking Place
Unintended Consequences: Three one-act comedies
Yearning to Itch What Waitresses Will do For Tips
The Fiddler Ghost
3 Murdered Clowns
Through The Looking Glass
Poe & All That Jazz
Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue – The Oresteia
Cox & Box
A Report of Gunfire
On Sale Now!
How I Got Rich in a Year, Using That Secret
Good Enough For Government Work
Fool for a Client