Rochester Fringe 2019: CITY's Daily Fringe Blogs 

click to enlarge French street theater troupe Plasticiens Volants amazed crowds in 2017 with its immersive "Big Bang" show at Parcel 5. The group returns to Rochester this year with a new presentation on Friday and Saturday on the Fringe, September 13-14. - PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
  • PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
  • French street theater troupe Plasticiens Volants amazed crowds in 2017 with its immersive "Big Bang" show at Parcel 5. The group returns to Rochester this year with a new presentation on Friday and Saturday on the Fringe, September 13-14.

CITY Newspaper will offer extensive coverage of the 2019 Rochester Fringe Festival. Check back right here for daily blogs, with photos and reviews, during the fun of the festival (September 10-21) And let us know how your Fringe is going on social media with the hashtag #fringeCity19.

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Tuesday, September 17
David reviews "The Geriactors Present!"
Leah reviews "Shotspeare"

Monday, September 16
Leah reviews "The 24-Hour Plays"
Kathy reviews "21 Chump Street" and "ExMen: Not About Superheroes"

Sunday, September 15
Leah reviews "Spooky Stories in the Stacks," "The Fighting Girl’s Guide to Politics," and "This Year’s Models"
Kathy Reviews "Rhythm Delivered," "Commotion Dance Theater," "Other People’s Shows," and 'MargOH Channing is Hung"

Saturday, September 14
Frank reviews "Pearl: Secrets of the Sea"
Adam reviews "RIT School of Film & Animation Honors Show 2019," "Oz and Effect," and "‘33 (a kabarett)"

Friday, September 13
Kathy reviews "Flirting Like an American"
Leah reviews "The Eulogy"
David reviews "Dogfight: The Musical"

Thursday, September 12
Adam reviews "Colma!"
David reviews "Charlie and the Siberian Monkey Goddess"
Kathy reviews "Somewhere in Between" and "God is a Scottish Drag Queen"
Leah reviews "BardBending: Fight Club Edition"

Wednesday, September 11
Frank reviews "Cirque du Fringe: D'illusion"
Leah reviews "Black Matter"

Tuesday, September 10
Frank reviews "The Theater World of John W. Borek"
Kathy reviews "Something From Nothing (Marfa)"
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    David reviews 'The Geriactors Present'

    I don’t think the Fringe Festival gives an award for Most Charming Production, but if they decide to, the Geriactors’ tribute to Byron Wilmot had better be in the running. The performers and the material, by a local playwright who died suddenly in 2014, fill an hour with genial amusement, and occasional bemusement.

    Leah reviews 'Shotspeare'

    A long line of energetic audience members stretched from the entrance of the Spiegeltent nearly to Main Street on Tuesday night.

    Leah reviews 'The 24-Hour Plays'

    Three producers, five writers, five directors, 14 actors, 24 hours. “The 24 Hour-Plays,” an ever-popular Fringe act, returned to Writers & Books on Monday night for two performances at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

    Kathy reviews '21 Chump Street' and 'ExMen: Not About Superheroes'

    If you know what you’re doing, you don’t need a long time to convey emotion and a point.

    Leah reviews 'Spooky Stories in the Stacks,' 'The Fighting Girl’s Guide to Politics,' and 'This Year’s Models'

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    Kathy Reviews 'Rhythm Delivered,' 'Commotion Dance Theater,' 'Other People’s Shows,' and 'MargOH Channing is Hung'

    Most parents may shy away from bringing their kids to a performance of “Stomp.” But what if you removed some of the volume and injected some humor perfect for young audiences? You’d get “Rhythm Delivered.” The troupe of dancers and percussionists use their bodies, as well as miscellaneous objects (paint buckets, cardboard boxes, plastic tubes, and more) to make music, art, and straight-up fun.

    Frank reviews 'Pearl: Secrets of the Sea'

    The French company Plasticiens Volants  made up for Friday night's forced cancellation due to high winds with two spectacular shows on Saturday night. It was mighty cool, it was mondo epic and truly amazing how they brought these enormous inflatable sea creatures to life over the heads of thousands of mesmerized souls, as their jaws hit the Parcel 5 gravel in awe.

    Adam reviews 'RIT School of Film & Animation Honors Show 2019,' 'Oz and Effect,' and '‘33 (a kabarett)'

    I always try to make a point of attending the annual Fringe program from RIT’s School of Film and Animation, which presents a host of films (34 this year) produced by the students of SOFA. The works are selected to represent every year of the school’s graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as every genre of film — so there’s bound to be something for everyone among the offerings.

    Kathy reviews 'Flirting Like an American'

    Language is a funny thing. It's even funnier when Sufian Zhemukhov takes command of it to tell his story of coming to America from Russia and finding out slowly (and sometimes painfully) that the language of love is not international.

    David reviews 'Dogfight: The Musical'

    Just to put it up front: “Dogfight” is a musical with a book by Peter Duchan and a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. I mention this because their names are mentioned nowhere on the program for OFC Productions’ Fringe Festival presentation.

    Leah reviews 'The Eulogy'

    Seven minutes before his 7 p.m. curtain on Friday night, performer Michael Burgos was on the first floor of Writers & Books, nervously milling around the long line that had formed outside the stairway to the second floor theater. A house manager cleared her throat.

    Adam reviews 'Colma!'

    The infamous Colma, California is a small town just south of San Francisco where, thanks to a significant chunk of the city’s land being devoted to an absurd number of cemeteries, the dead outnumber the living by a jaw-dropping 1,000 to 1. With roughly 1800 living residents, that’s a lot of stiffs.

    David reviews 'Charlie and the Siberian Monkey Goddess'

    “Charlie and the Siberian Monkey Goddess” manages to be something you’ve seen before — the zany “Who’s the crazy one?” debate in a psychiatrist’s office — and something a bit different, in that the debate is between Charlie Chaplin (or an imposter) and someone who might be a doctor, or the goddess of the title, or possibly Princess Anastasia (all of whom affect a Boris-and-Natasha Russian accent). Don Nigro’s one-act play isn’t quite as brilliant as it thinks it is, but it is concise and consistently clever.

    Kathy reviews 'Somewhere in Between' and 'God is a Scottish Drag Queen'

    After debuting at last year’s Fringe Festival, the Frazee Feet Dancers are back with a new work titled “Somewhere in Between.” Utilizing original written works, newly composed music and contemporary dance, the small but nimble group tells stories about love, life and acceptance. The written pieces, which are read by its author Reilly Hirst, serve as pacing interludes and introductions to each of the seven pieces, which are accompanied live by musician Greg Woodsbie.

    Leah reviews 'BardBending: Fight Club Edition'

    With more than 500 shows running in 12 days of Fringe, most folks won’t be likely to choose Shakespeare first.

    Leah reviews 'Black Matter'

    Candles flickered around the event space off the main dining room at Nox in Village Gate on Wednesday evening, adding to the ambiance of the large, Victorian-esque room. A server flitted around delivering drinks tableside, and a makeshift stage area set apart from tables and chairs was lit with red and blue lights, casting purple rays across the faces of three young black dancers who began the show with a moving interpretive dance set to music thick with bass drumming.

    Frank reviews 'Cirque du Fringe: D'illusion'

    It takes quite a show to upstage a venue, but the folks behind "The Cirque du Fringe" spectacular each year consistently knock it’s capacity audience out. The show is loosely held together by your charming hosts Matt and Heidi Morgan, who wrangle this sideshow as much as they perform alongside attractions from around the globe.

    Frank reviews 'The Theater World of John W. Borek'

    Alt-theater impresario, fringe of The Fringe, and madman John Borek said adios to The MuCCC performance space on Tuesday night after reigning there for 10 years with contrarian and maniacal delight. The attendees in the joint expected this producer of some of the worst theater to pull off the unexpected and Borek didn’t disappoint; he did exactly the expected, which no one expected —- the fools.

    Kathy reviews 'Something From Nothing (Marfa)'

    When you walk into your first Fringe show and you’re greeted by a tunnel of cast members cheering and offering you high fives, you might suspect you’re in for something a little different.

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