Chicago Fringe Festival | various locations | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Sept. 1-5 2010
Price: $10 suggested donation per performance, five-pack $45, ten-pack $80, unlimited pass $175
chicagofringe.org
The Chicago Fringe Festival debuts this week with 46 shows in eight Pilsen spaces. A ninth venue, located in a tent at 18th and Racine, has been designated Fringe Central--the official eating, drinking, and socializing hub for patrons and performers. Participating troupes represent ten states and D.C.; productions run the gamut from a hip-hop play to Moliere. Most shows are performed every day of the festival, but the schedule is irregular, so consult the website for the full roster and curtain times. Among the potential highlights: Local performer Rebecca Kling grapples with gender in Uncovering the Mirrors (Temple Gallery, 1749 S. Halsted). LA playwright Maire Clerkin supplies a comic antidote to Riverdance in The Bad Arm--Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer, (Adelaide Stage, 1832 S. Halsted). A sketch comedy revue by local duo Weber and Einstein, Please Love Me, High School Boyfriend (Chicago Art Department, 1837 S. Halsted) is intended to "feel like what would happen if Shirley Temple was thrown into the ghetto and forced to hustle." Minneapolis's Opium, Fireworks and Lead premiere Exhausted Paint: The Death of van Gogh, a solo show structured to mirror the Dutch artist's approach to painting (Simone's Bar, 960 W. 18th). And local choreographer Megan Rhyme presents Inner Cartography, in which dancers become neurons and molecules inside a brain (Adelaide Stage, 1832 S. Halsted). There's a free preview party, featuring peeks at fest performances, this Saturday, August 28, at Fringe Central. Reservations are required; RSVP to luke@chicagofringe.org. --Olivia LaVecchia

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