D.C.’s weirdest three weeks of theater kicks off tonight: It’s the annual return of the Capital Fringe Festival, where you’ll find horror opera and steampunk ballet, dinosaurs and pizza — and everything in between.
What’s Fringe, you ask? Last year, we wrote a primer on the festival — one of the many international spin-offs of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which started it all in 1947. The festival is on the “fringe” of the theater world, so it’s unjuried, attracting anything from puppetry to burlesque. Fringe’s DIY spirit means you never really know what you’re going to get.
Style Blog will help you navigate the festival’s myriad offerings — 130 shows in 16 venues over 18 days. Start with Nelson Pressley’s guide to three Fringe shows that can’t be missed, and then read Stephanie Merry’s article about returning acts. Then, check back here, on the Style Blog, every weekday of the festival, where we’ll prep you for each day’s offerings, with a full schedule and our latest reviews.
We’ll also be soliciting your reviews, via Twitter. Send us your less-than-140 character reviews with the hashtag #fringereviews, and we’ll pick the best ones for this blog every day.
More Fringe news:
• Express’ Fiona Zublin, a member of our Fringe reviewing team, offers up a list of shows that were funded through the kindness of strangers, via Kickstarter. Among them: “BFF” (featured in Pressley’s article on Sunday), “In This Economy,” a semi-autobiographical story of post-collegiate aimlessness, and “Mindset,” a surrealist rock opera.
• Also from Zublin:
What Is a Fringe Button?It’s an actual, physical button. You know, the kind that really jazzes up an outfit. Everyone who attends Fringe needs to pick one up in addition to tickets (you show it at the door), but it’s a one-time purchase. Special bonus: You can also show it at such local businesses as Ping Pong Dim Sum or Nellie’s during Fringe to get nifty discounts.
• FRINGE FORECAST: According to our Capital Weather Gang, it’s going to be a perfect evening for Fringe’s often hot and stuffy venues — partly cloudy with temperatures between 66 and 72 degrees.