AFF 2013 Fringe PlayList: Can't Stop the Music

Music hath charms to sooth the savage beast, even the animals running around the Atlanta Fringe Festival. Here are some of the most tuneful, toe-tapping, and heart-pumping shows to move you in this year's festival.

Who says theater is dead? Hip Hop is Alive: The Play by DaVida Chanel Productions LLC brings the energy and power of hip hop to the stage. This theatrical experience features a DJ, an MC performance, video and break dancing. Perfect for hip hop fans and the uninitiated alike, who are invited to "open their minds about the music genre that now lives in us all."

On the other side of the musical spectrum, we have Marble City Opera bringing us The Face on the Barroom Floor. Set in a bar in two different eras, this show is a far cry from the glitzy costumes and stuffy stories of traditional opera. Just incredible singers telling a dramatic story in a way you've never seen opera before. Plus, saloon girls and showdowns! Class, sass, and talent.

And from yet another musical universe, we have Krog!, among the most enthusiastically named shows in the Fringe, by Sob Songs for the Gilded Age. Krog! uses combination of live music, stories and video to pay tribute to Krog Street Tunnel, "using it as a lens to view over 5 billions years of chaos and coincidence, filth and fury, yin and yang, cause and effect, right and wrong and left behind." Culled from their monthly shows performed at the tunnel itself, Krog! will address such questions as "Is the Krog Street Tunnel a portal through time, controlled by a gang of paint pen wielding Knights Templar?"; "Can a transsexual’s saracastic comments make all men better fathers?"; and, of course "Who is Fred Krog and why the hell did they name a street after him?" If you don't quite know what to expect, you're not alone, and embracing the unexpected is whole-heartedly in the Fringe spirit.


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