The San Francisco Fringe Festival is about to get underway, with productions at several Union Square and Tenderloin venues from Sept. 5 – 16, 2012. You can buy tickets in advance, at the door or for greater savings, you can get Frequent Fringer passes.
The festival, celebrating its 21st year in San Francisco, has a lot of variety to offer. One first might wonder – what is fringe?
Some think of it as a more cutting edge theatre experience that is often like short in length, avant garde or even multi-media. But it’s really more than that. According to Founder and Artistic Director Christina Augello, “The SF Fringe is committed to an uncensored open access theatre that returns 100% of the box office to the performing companies. It’s a unique philosophy that we are proud to be a part of.” Whatever it is, it’s a great way to get exposed to a lot of theatre in a relatively short period of time.
This year’s GLBT offerings include “VGL 5’4″ Top.” This 45-minute solo show by Lucas Brooks brings short jokes and snobbery amongst the gay population into the open as, Lucas, a sexually frustrated and vertically challenged young top, fights back. Armed with only a laptop and a quick wit, our gallant hero addresses the loaded topic of sex and how it divides us, rather than unites us, in a time of need. This plays at the Exit on Taylor Street Theatre on the following dates and times:
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 at 8:30 PM
SATURDAY , SEPT. 8 at 7:30 PM
MONDAY, SEPT. 10 at 9 PM
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12 at 7 PM
FRIDAY , SEPT. 14 at 10:30 PM
SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 at 6PM
There really isn’t any other actual GLBT shows this year but one that might be of interest is “The Revolution Will Not Be Circumcised” by Glen Callender.
The title pretty much says it all. This 60 minute solo show is very adult oriented as it does contain nudity and x-rated multi-media. And, it’s free. Seek it out at the Exit Stage Left theatre at these times:
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 at 8:30 PM
SATURDAY , SEPT. 8 at 2:30 PM
MONDAY , SEPT. 10 at 9 PM
WEDNESDAY , SEPT12 at 10:30 PM
SATURDAY , SEPT. 15 at 6 PM
SUNDAY, SEPT 16 at 1PM
Also, I do love a good musical and there are several at the Fringe…go to the website and check them all out and get more details but here’s a few that might be of interest.
First there’s the 90 minute “Alaska Leavin’: The Musical,” about a rock ‘n’ roll angel, which plays at the Exit Theatre.
Then a pair from Las Vegas, introduce us to the 60 minute musical “Legacy of the Tiger Mother,” a musical journey that balances generations and cultures among the Asian community. Also at the Exit Theatre.
A one woman show by Mary Knoll entitled “To Be Merry” mixes songs, comedy and hula-hoops at the Exit Studio.
Blues music takes the forefront with “Tyrone “Shortleg” Johnson and Some White Boys.” This Wayne Harris 75 minute show may be called a play but the 6 piece band and the 50 Mason Social House venue makes it seem more like a concert.
“Weightless” mixes rock opera with Greek tragedy in this 75 minute mature musical at the Exit on Taylor.
Mature themes also echo through the 60 minute musical “The Wounded Stag & other Cloven-Footed Tales of Enchantment,” in which songs and stories of demons marry at the Exit Stage Left theatre.
Other non-musicals that caught my eye include “Cantata #40…,” “The Collector,” “Health and Efficiency,” “The Movies of My Mind,” “Stalking Christopher Walken” and “You Killed Hamet…”
So if you’re looking for something off the beat-and-path and for less than a price of a movie, you should check out www.sffringe.org and order tickets and get more details about all of the shows.