For 11 days in March, we'll get to revel in off-the-beaten-path (ideally) performances -- 23 different ones, in 88 time slots at five locations -- in the fifth annual Phoenix Fringe Festival.
Here are a few potential highlights we hope to catch:
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Matthew Watkins, who was just amazing as an actor in festina lente's The Revenger's Tragedy, is presently the artistic director of Orange, a company that develops original work collaboratively over time, much as do the other ASU grads of festina lente and its precursor, Interrobang. Headquartered in Bragg's Pie Factory, the kids were using the working title Untitled Greek Something About the Agonizing Burden of Knowledge, Witchcraft, and Also Drowning for this work until they narrowed it down.
Paisley Yankolovich in The Liberal Soul, Warehouse 1005 at Art Awakenings, First Street just north of Roosevelt
Theater in My Basement's Twitch at Modified Arts
The crappy economy has made it even harder than usual for very small, weird companies to get themselves out in front of audiences, and a performance from FrogWoman author Chris Danowski's venerable Theater in My Basement is something for which I've been seriously pining. I don't really care that TiMB's artist blurb in PHX:fringe's promo materials says that Twitch "is almost a melancholy recreation of something that might have looked like theater at one time," or whether that's accurate. Don't care what it is -- just wanna be there.
The fifth venue will be FilmBar, and that makes all five PHX:fringe venues within a few blocks of each other this time around, which should be pretty sweet. We Jackalopes will do our best to share more news, as it breaks, and tip you off to the good and the not-so-good, once performances begin.