Kimleigh Smith dusts off her Capital Fringe offering "T-O-T-A-L-L-Y!" for fall. The energetic one-woman cheerleader memoir is just one of a handful of lighthearted shows returning for another run as part of Fall Fringe. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

Didn’t make it to Fringe this summer? Fall Fringe starts Wednesday, and this year it’s the equivalent of a Capital Fringe best-of fest, bringing back some of the funniest and most warm-hearted shows to grace Fringe stages.

Get the lowdown on all 11 Fall Fringe shows, which you can also access them with our handy iPhone app. Be sure to join us Nov. 10, when two bitingly funny Fringe performers, Vijai Nathan of “Good Girls Don’t, But Indian Girls Do,” and Sheldon Scott of “Shrimp and Griots” join us live to take your questions in our weekly Got Plans? chat.

So, what are the Fall Fringe must-sees? Just check out a few of the kind words these shows won from Post reviewers the first time around:

Squirrel, or the Origin of a Species

“The play is high-minded mockery, and it’s directed gleefully by Kerri Rambow,” wrote Nelson Pressley. “[Carlos] Bustamante is a wiseacre as the rodent — not Bugs Bunny sarcastic but lively and flip. Ian LeValley is a blustery, pompous Darwin...the brisk staging and relentless banter make the performance a bit of an athletic event.”

Cry of the Mountain

“[Adalind Horan] shows a lot of poise, and unmistakable purpose,” Pressley wrote of this summer 2011 offering. “The hour-long performance gives a troubling account of modern mining, from defining what coal is (carbon and not possibly “clean,” according to one expert) to the processes of getting at it and why we can’t get off it. It’s unapologetic agitprop and compelling drama in the same way that documentaries can make compelling movies. You learn something, and the human stories Horan shares put flesh on troubling facts.”

Foggerty’s Fairy

“Foggerty summons his fairy guardian, Rebecca (with striped leggings, wings and roller skates), who assures Foggerty that she will zap all traces of [his ditched fiancee, Delia Spiff] ever having existed,” wrote Joan Reinthaler. “However, Foggerty will have to live with the unintended consequences — which, it turns out, are many and delightfully funny.”

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