Category Archives: NYC Fringe Festival

Breaking Kayfabe

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There are kids who enjoy professional wrestling for action-packed stories of good guys versus bad guys.  There are lowbrow adults who like seeing people beat each other up too.  But there are also high-brow artsy types who appreciate professional wrestling … Continue reading

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Brenda – 2013 NYC Fringe Festival Review

It’s every young person’s nightmare… Turning into your parents!  Brenda a new play by Cory Finley takes this abstract fear and makes it into a literal problem for the protagonist.  Making things worse, Brenda is about a man who turns into … Continue reading

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The Unfortunates – 2013 NYC Fringe Festival Review

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Jack the Ripper has been the subject of many nerdy films, comic books, and even video games.  Who he might have been is the subject of endless debate and conspiratorial theorizing, but no one knows who Jack The Ripper really … Continue reading

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theMumblings – 2013 NYC Fringe Festival Review

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theMumblings has a pitch that sounds like a sit-com: A sexually repressed woman marries her gay best friend who happens to be a famous children’s entertainer – HILARITY ENSUES!  Hilarity often does ensue in theMUMBLINGS, but it also has drama … Continue reading

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2 & 2 – 2013 NYC Fringe Festival Review

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2&2 is an off-off-Broadway show running in the NYC Fringe Festival that has some nerdy elements to it.  It’s about a comic book artist with a fixation on Superman.  Yes, THAT kind of fixation.  However it quickly reveals itself to … Continue reading

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The 3rd Gender – 2013 NYC Fringe Festival Review

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The 3rd Gender is a new play that blends together numerous classic science fiction pieces to make a point about tolerance.  There bits of Star Trek, a dash of Logan’s Run, or Brave New World, and even a little Twilight Zone in … Continue reading

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Manic Pixie Dream Girl – 2013 NYC Fringe Festival Review

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One of the benefits of writing for theater is that playwrights have a captive audience.  Write a short play, produce it without intermission and the audience will have to sit tight for the entire show.  Manic Pixie Dream Girl is … Continue reading

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Bully – 2013 NYC Fringe Festival Review

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One-person shows get a bad rap, especially in off-off-Broadway festivals.  Usually they are self-indulgent career vehicles, but sometimes a script has something to say that only requires a single performer who is bursting with passion for the topic.  Bully by … Continue reading

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Rated M For Mature – 2012 Fringe Festival Review

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Rated M For Mature is the best of the plays I have seen in the NYC Fringe Festival this year, and one of the better video game related plays I’ve seen in general. While this play addresses gaming, it’s really … Continue reading

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May 21st Judgement Day – 2012 Fringe Festival Review

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Remember last year when Christian fundamentalists were convinced that the world was going to end on May 21st?  Sensible people know that the End of Days is coming this December when the Mayan Calendar reaches its end, but nonetheless many … Continue reading

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