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"Love and Information"

Theater Apparatus returns to Fringe for the third consecutive year with "Love and Information" by Caryl Churchill, which presents more than 40 short plays-within-a-play focused on secrets, data, and relationships. Headed by St. John Fisher College communications professor Jeremy Sarachan, Theater Apparatus says it seeks to "look at ideology in the eye" and focuses on productions relevant to today's society — 2017's production, "Home of the Brave: Stories of Life In the Trump Era," featured eight short plays by Rochester natives, for Rochester natives about life post-election. Six actors will perform "Love and Information" in 60 minutes. (Thursday, September 13, 6 p.m.; Friday, September 21, 5 p.m. School of the Arts: Black Box Theatre. $10. Appropriate for ages 13 and older.)

"Fielder's Choice"

Following a staged production at MuCCC in August 2017 and a March 2018 workshop, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle journalist and playwright David Andreatta will bring his original work "Fielder's Choice" to the stage once again (for the last time locally), complete with reworked scenes, a new ending, and featuring Andreatta starring in the lead role alongside his son. Alexa Scott-Flaherty of Writers & Books directs the 75-minute comedy-drama about a father-son relationship grounded in visits to Major League ballparks. (Saturday, September 15, 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 p.m. School of the Arts: Black Box Theatre. $12. Appropriate for ages 18 and older.)

"The Spyglass Seven"

In this ethereal play by Michael Seebold, the ghost of Edgar Allen Poe is brought back to earth for one night to seek his soul mate. First-time playwright Seebold won the 2012 Arts NC State Creative Artist Award for Playwriting at North Carolina State University for "The Spyglass Seven," and the show had its off-Broadway debut last Halloween at Theatre 80 in New York City. The play includes writings of Poe and his contemporaries to enhance the narrative, and runs for 60 minutes. (Wednesday, September 19, 5 p.m.; Saturday, September 22, 1 p.m. School of the Arts: Black Box Theatre. $10. All ages.)

In This Guide...

    2018 Fringe Festival Guide

    The seventh annual Rochester Fringe Festival kicks off Wednesday, September 12, and this year has expanded to a whopping 11 day stretch of more than 500 shows taking place in and around downtown Rochester.

    Festival Info

    The seventh annual KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival will host more than 500 performances in and around downtown Rochester. The Fringe’s official website is rochesterfringe.com, where you can find a full schedule of events, purchase tickets, and get the latest information. The Fringe also has a handy app available on Google Play and Apple App Stores.

    Headliners

    Eddie Izzard

    Rock 'n' roll singalong

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    "Mo-to-the-oncle," "Totally Rad! An 80's Pop Adventure," "A Jazz Musician Walks into a Comics Shop," and more.

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    Storychick Rochester Storybooth, "Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play," Light Painting Experience, and more.

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    "Carrie: The Musical," Phil Shakespeare and The Lord Chamberlain's Other Men present "The Tempest," "The Violet Hour," and more.

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    "Art Lobotomy: Peering Into The Creative Psyche," Ask Us Anything Booth, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Artists.

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    The Immersive Igloo, "The Year's Models," Eastman Percussion Ensemble: "Steve Reich's 'Drumming,' " and more.

    Critic's picks: Kathy

    Bushwhacked Backyard show series, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Lost in the Shuffle," and more.

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