New York International Fringe Festival

rey pepinoGay penguins, samurai clowns, band geeks, Girl Scouts, and an NFL cheerleader turned Orthodox Jew—yup, that’s right, the Fringe Festival is back. The zany, eclectic theatrical extravaganza is celebrating its 10th year with its largest lineup ever. Potential highlights include Reservoir Bitches, an all-female parody of the Tarantino film; The Saints of Festus, a one-man comedy about small-town life directed by Obie winner David Drake; and Corleone, the Shakespearean Godfather, which tries to answer the burning question “What if Shakespeare had written Mario Puzo’s classic?” A grand total of 216 performances by emerging theater troupes and dance companies at 21 downtown venues will perform spoken word, puppetry, multimedia, children’s shows, and more. In addition, 10 shows from past years will be resurrected for encore performances. We especially like Brian Parks’s acclaimed Americana Absurdum, a black comedy in two parts featuring funeral parlors and a mysterious wolverine. (Ashman, The Village Voice)
through August 27, Various locations, $15

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