Rochester Fringe Festival was back in full effect this year

Rochester Fringe Festival was back in full effect this year

In 2022, Rochester Fringe Festival was back to full strength for the first time in three years. But are things back to normal?

Rochester Fringe headliners Bandaloop and 'Shotspeare' bring the spectacle

While Bandaloop presented "high art," literally, Cirque du Fringe's "Shotspeare" infused the Bard's work with low culture.

Mocktails, madcap improv, and a musical cowboy refresh Fringe audiences

On the last Friday of Fringe, Unleashed! Improv provides its left-field takes on shows, cowboy guitarist Jeff Mamett spreads Texas charm.

Push Physical Theatre dances about masculinity at Rochester Fringe

PUSH presents "Generic Male" off-Broadway this winter, but not before performing the funny and dramatic show at Rochester Fringe Saturday.

'Bardbending: A Same-Sex Shakespeare Sampler' transcends binary gender roles

Wallbyrd Theatre's "Bardbending" explores shifting gender roles from classic scenes in ways William Shakespeare never imagined.

Rochester Fringe highlights RIT short films and meditative listening

RIT students showcase engaging and weird films; pianist Greg Woodsbie helps Fringe attendees reflect with a fusion of music and dance.

Street Beat brings party vibes, hip-hop culture to Rochester Fringe

The popular hip-hop dance competition features slick moves while promoting vibrant and diverse cultures in the community.

Rochester Fringe presents the spiritual journey of 'Remnants'

"Remants" shares the legacy of the Onondaga people, while "A Night of Stars" pays tribute to the great American crooners.

Queer AF looks to build community through comedy at Rochester Fringe

Comedy and inclusivity combine for Queer AF, the stand-up showcase featuring LGBTQ comedians.

A gospel cleansing, Thomas Warfield, and a fiery performance at Rochester Fringe

Halfway through 2022 Rochester Fringe, Sunday had a little bit of everything: gospel music, a Thomas Warfield celebration, and broken glass.

Rochester City Ballet gives new season a test run, Thank You Kiss returns at Fringe

Rochester City Ballet tries its hand at "spooky" with "Turn of the Screw," while Thank You Kiss returns from the pandemic with absurdity.

Stupid Ed blends smart and sophomoric comedy in Fringe stand-up set

Stupid Ed's comedy is mostly smart, and "Inner Loops" is only superficially about Rochester as a place.

Comedians come in all ages, but funny is funny at Rochester Fringe

"Stand-Up Through the Ages" proves that some jokes are more timeless than others.

Rochester City Ballet brings the unsettling 'Turn of the Screw' to Fringe

Rochester City Ballet takes a bone-chilling turn with its take on Salvatore Aiello’s "Turn of the Screw."

'C’est Pas La, C’est Par La' connects the Rochester Fringe community

Artist Juhyung Lee's immersive "C’est Pas La, C’est Par La" brings Rochester Fringe-goers together in a new way.

The impressive Flying Españas miss the mark at Rochester Fringe

Rochester Fringe Festival headliners The Flying Españas dazzle onlookers with "Flippin Metal Circus," but something's missing.

Mentalist Steven Nicholas twists reality and blows minds at Rochester Fringe

In "ExperiMENTALISM," Steven Nicolas uses mind games and plenty of audience participation to entertain unsuspecting Fringe audiences.

Our local comedy scene gets a stage at Rochester Fringe, too

Writer-actor Hilary Bluestein-Lyons's busy Rochester Fringe includes delightfully bizarre short plays and co-hosting a hit-or-miss stand-up.

For the 'Year of Glass,' chamber musicians and glassblowers collaborate in 'More Fire'

Rochester chamber music ensemble fivebyfive has collaborated with visual artists in the past, but never with glass blowers.

Where can you hear goth/folk songs about the scientist Marie Curie? Rochester Fringe, naturally

On the second day of Fringe, Rochester conspiracy theories, the trauma of the Inner Loop, and Brooklyn goth-folk duo Charming Disaster played to niche audiences.

The Flying Españas mix motorcycles and trapeze in ‘Flippin Metal Circus’

With "Flippin Metal Circus," legendary circus act The Flying Españas include motorcycles, other modern elements alongside traditional trapeze.

All the must-see shows and hidden gems at 2022 Rochester Fringe Festival

There are more than 500 shows at the 2022 Rochester Fringe Festival. Here are our staff picks to keep you in the loop and plan an unforgettable festival.

CITY/WXXI's 2022 Rochester Fringe Festival Coverage

The Rochester Fringe Festival is back, and we've got you covered with features, reviews, and daily staff picks.

Bushwhacked gets back to baking at 2022 Rochester Fringe Festival

Comedy duo Abby DeVuyst and Kerry Young combine "The Great British Bake-Off" and "Game of Thrones" in its new Rochester Fringe show.

Fringe Festival's Speigeltent is now smellier — in a good way

Rochester Fringe Festival is taking a cue from Las Vegas casinos and "scenting" its spiegeltent.

Rochester Fringe offers 12 days of improv, interaction and string catharsis

Take a voyage of discovery over the 12 days of the Rochester Fringe Festival.

Joywave closes out Rochester Fringe Festival in a big-decibel way

Rochester indie rock heroes Joywave put a cap on the 2021 Rochester Fringe Festival with its "Smokestacks" concert at Parcel 5 on Sept. 25.

The dark inspires Charming Disaster in ‘Musical Tarot Show’

In "Charming Disaster's Musical Tarot Show" at Rochester Fringe, the Brooklyn duo's macabre wit takes center stage in songs inspired by tarot cards.

PUSH Physical Theatre extinguishes the ‘Generic Male’

PUSH Physical Theatre blends dance, body architecture, and sight gags in a new show tackling toxic masculinity at Rochester Fringe.

'The Twilight Zone' gets the Watkins treatment in clever Rochester Fringe concert

In the show "Singing Serling," Rochester band Watkins & the Rapiers brings its whimsy to original songs inspired by "The Twilight Zone."

Hettie Barnhill presents local premiere of Black Lives Matter film at Rochester Fringe

The film "A Love Letter to Brian, Lesley, and Michelle" combines dance, spoken word, and protest to address the systemic racism and oppression.

Joywave brings it home with 'Smokestacks' concert at Rochester Fringe Festival

Joywave closes out Rochester Fringe Festival in a headlining concert on Parcel 5, with local acts KOPPS, Mikaela Davis, and Cammy Enaharo.

'Sherlock Holmes' blends dance and death, Letta Neely brings the spoken word

The seventh day of Rochester Fringe featured the brilliant "Sherlock Holmes: The Loss at Whitechapel," as well as Letta Neely's striking poetry.

A resurrected Rochester in ‘flOUR CITY Interactive ROCgarden’

In "flOUR CITY Interactive ROCgarden," Rochester Fringe audiences meet famous Rochesterians from the past who share their compelling stories.

Searching for identity in 'Belonging(s)' at Rochester Fringe

The Rochester Fringe play "Belonging(s)" — performed next on Sept. 22 at MuCCC — is a thought-provoking commentary on ownership and identity.

'Remnants' and 'ShMILF Life' yield powerful insights at Rochester Fringe

The site-specific performance "Remnants" and Penny Sterling's new one-woman show "ShMILF Life" both ponder previously ignored realizations.

Garth Fagan Dance returns 'home' to Rochester Fringe Festival

Garth Fagan Dance's 2021 Rochester Fringe performance features new-ish choreography and some even newer dancers for its 50th anniversary season.

'Unleashed! Improv' and 'Bushwhacked' bring the silly to Rochester Fringe Festival

The second day of the 2021 Rochester Fringe Festival featured homegrown improv comedy with "Unleashed! Improv" and "Bushwhacked Renaissance."

2021 Rochester Fringe Festival Coverage

The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is back in person this year, and so are we. For daily previews and reviews of performances from the 10th annual Rochester Fringe, through Sept. 25, this is the place.

Rochester Fringe Festival opens with zany 'AfterParty,’ serious 'Ghost Story'

On the first night of the 2021 Rochester Fringe Festival, Cirque du Fringe was endearingly ridiculous, while "Ghost Story" was poignant and dark.

Rachel McKibbens’s Fringe show reaches from the darkness to 'my people'

Poet Rachel McKibbens presents the deeply personal collaborative performance "8 Chamber Hunger Orchestra" as part of the Rochester Fringe Festival.

Rochester Fringe Festival opens for a 10th year. Here's what to expect.

They KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival opens Tuesday and offers more than 425 live and virtual performances over 12 days.

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