Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fringe PlayList: Fun for the Whole Family

Fringe has a reputation for being edgy, gritty, and crazy, but that doesn't always mean you have to leave the kids behind. There are some lovely shows that are safe and enjoyable for the whole family, but with just enough "fringe" to keep it interesting.

Thimblerig Circus
These Atlanta based troubadors are talented, charming and bizarre. Their stated mission is "to share their amazing Moldavian circus talents and unique brand of humor with anyone who will sit still long enough." I don't know about you, but when swords are being juggled right in front of me, I will certainly be sitting still.

You may remember these good-looking folks from our Summer Buzz Party where they juggled and ate fire and told Moldavian jokes. We are thrilled to have them back and share them with you fine folks.


Fricative

These fine folks are coming down from Cincinnati with their award winning show "Fricative." It's described as dadaist sound poems, and they transform their actors into an orchestra. I can tell you that I have no idea what that means, and I've never seen anything like it. I think it will blow minds both young and old and is proof that "family-friendly" doesn't mean artistically safe.




Paul Strickland: Jokes, Songs, a Hat, Etc.!
Aw, I hope that is the titular hat. 

This eponymous gentleman is a storyteller/comedian/musician, with a philosophy I can get behind:
“I firmly believe that making people laugh at themselves and think in a new way about their world is a good way to help them escape while, hopefully, gaining some perspective on what they’re escaping from, and distracting them from the fact that I just took their money.”


Writer/performer Onyi Okuli takes on multiple roles - from octogenarian to pre-teen - in this comedy about growing up. "From attempting to capture her first boyfriend to nearly being evicted from her apartment, she has a story that everyone can relate to and wisdom that everyone can draw from."


Now this is a great place to start, but here are some more shows that list themselves as recommended for General Audiences:


Be sure to check out the Fringe Festival Website for the full line up and share your own PlayList. What do you want to see?

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