Return of the Fringe
A year ago Rochester still didn't really know what to expect from a Fringe festival. But after five days of dancing on buildings, light shows, A-list comedians, improvisational puppets, gospel choirs, geriactors, drag queens, kids shows, physical theater, and dozens of other acts, the people got it.
Comedian Marc Maron has sometimes had trouble fitting in over the course of his two-decade career. He's had problems with drugs and alcohol, two failed marriages, and a radio show that got cancelled.
City's art writers sound off on their most-anticipated shows at Fringe 2013
As the Rochester Fringe Festival readies for curtain up, find out what it is, and what not to miss.
It took dancers jumping off buildings for people to finally
"get" the magnitude of the inaugural First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. "Another festival?" is a common refrain in Rochester.
"The Bicycle Men," "Gilgamesh," "Love at First Waltz," and other picks from City's theater critic
One review of "The Bicycle Men" called it "a genial
spoof." So is this going to be one of those things that's
much funnier when you're having a fourth beer with friends and making up a
musical at 3 in the morning?
"Bee Eye," Wearable Technology Show, "Dragon's Lair" piqued City's visual critic's attention
There are some unknowns in human existence that might never
be answered. But that doesn't mean we won't eternally ask questions about our
purpose (or lack thereof), the nature of death, and the slippery slope of human
City's dance critic looks forward to "Astro Dance," PUSH Physical Theatre, Day of Dance, and more
BIODANCE, a well-established, local contemporary group led by
Missy Pfohl Smith, has two distinctly different shows
in the festival. "Breakdown: Dance/Sound" is an experimental new work
performed to the orchestral music of Sound ExChange.
Patton Oswalt, The Great Chernesky, and Oliver Brown have got our music editor jazzed
Big name comedian Patton Oswalt headlines the comedy
portion of the Fringe Festival. Possibly best known for his roles in "The King
of Queens" and the voice of Remy in "Ratatouille," Oswalt has also appeared
everywhere from "The Fairly Odd Parents" to "Community" to "Grand Theft Auto."
City's classical writer looks forward to the Harlem Gospel Choir, "Hide the Moon," and "Spirits Within"
The Eastman School of Music students creating "Hide the
Moon," an original adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "Salome," are billing the
event by the emotions infatuation, loathing, fear, and lust. Who doesn't want
an hour of high drama?
City's features editor looks forward to Bandaloop, "The Event," and "There's Always Time for a Cocktail"
The headliner act that made everyone go "Ooooooooo!"
at the press conference, Bandaloop will
undoubtedly be the most eye-popping experience at the
inaugural Fringe Festival. This world-renowned aerial dance troupe performs
vertical routines while suspended from climbing ropes.
The Official Festival Guide