Are you ready to Fringe? Five shows to see at the 2012 Boulder International Fringe Festival
Take a "Magical Mystery Detour" with Gemma Wilcox.
With all the parties and workshops and roundtables mashed-up with the shows, there are more than 350 events at this year's Boulder International Fringe Festival, playing out in twelve days at eighteen venues. So how do you choose what to see?
Fringe frontman Dave Ortolano says this year offers at least a few obvious choices, featuring tried-and-true Fringe favorites from the past.
The official program was released and tickets went on sale last week for the fest, which begins August 15; here are five must-sees for your Fringe experience-to-be. Put those on your shopping list first, then peruse the rest of the schedule and buy tix at the Fringe website.
Read on, for your fringing pleasure.
Gemma Wilcox, Magical Mystery Detour
First show, Saturday August 18, 6 p.m., $12-$15
A perennial best-of-fest star from the fringe circuit, Wilcox is known for rocking several characters at once, in spite of being the only person on stage. There's a risk in that, but Wilcox handles it very, very well.
Society for Creative Aging, Heroes
First show, Friday, August 17, 4 p.m, $10-$15
Gerald Sibleyras's comedy, translated by Tom Stoppard, is brought to sparkling life by acclaimed Israeli talent and director Ami Dayan, known for such works as Dario Fo's A Tale of a Tiger and The Man Himself. In Heroes, three friends, each battling his own quirks, gently grow old together; the play garnered a Laurence Olivier Best New Comedy Award in England.
Nicoll+Oreck Dance Theater, Still Napping
First show: Thursday August 16, 9 p.m., $10-$15
This Brooklyn-based couple wowed Boulder at the 2008 Fringe, earning a coveted Encore performance slot back then; Still Napping, a collaboration with improv artists Mike Durkin and Laura Livingston, is a refreshing slap in the face, fraught with humor and slap-dash movement.
Band of Toughs, Midsummer Night's Dream
First show: Friday, August 17, 7:30 p.m., $12-$15.
This ragtag troupe of Naropa-trained performance artists includes Ortolano himself, but don't hold it against him -- by his own admission, he plays the ass Bottom in the Toughs' outdoor, movable-feast of a Midsummer Night's Dream that's unlike any other. Meet at the park playground and be ready to hike. You'll find yourself right in the midst of Shakespeare's magical story.
Square Product Theatre presents Kelsie Huff, This Show Might Be Terrible
First show: Saturday August 18, 4 p.m., $10-$12
Get used to the name Kelsey Huff: The veteran Boulder Fringe dynamo is going to be everywhere in 2012 -- hosting Big Time, the fest's late night talk show; laughing it up at the opening night party and even offering a workshop. And This Show Might Be Terrible is sure to be anything but. Instead, expect nonstop storytelling and ha-ha belly laughs from the Chicago humorist.
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