The SF Fringe Festival was on the fringe of starting with no fanfare from me. But here I am in the nick of time. It starts tomorrow and runs through Sept. 21.
In the festival's 22nd year, we are 36 unique shows and all for $12.99 or less. You can't even get a movie for less than that these days.
I am usually sent a list of gay options but didn't get it this year. When you search the sight for gay, only one comes up - and yet it doesn't seem gay but does seem intriguing.
"The Stockholders Meeting" is a 45-50 minute show dealing with the topical issues of stockholders vs. the company. Featuring independent film actor "Barefoot” Bill Pacer, this show makes it very interactive as the audience is the stockholders. So will we have the power to change the course of the show? Go Sept. 11, 13, 17, 19 or 21 to find out.
Since a gay search came up with one title, I searched for queer and found "Two Women, Two Stories," two short one woman solo pieces with one dealing with a queer women who tries to mend a 20 year old rift with her dying father and, interesting,she travels back in time with humor and grace to make that happen. See what it's all about on Sept. 6, 11, 15 and 19.
I also uncovered "After the Tone" from Cara Rose DeFabio who is very much in the local queer performance scene. She offers us a show in which we she details with humorous effect how we have all turned too much to electronic gadgets and phones. It plays Sept. 8, 14, 15 and 20.
Other shows of interest include:
- "The Tipped and the Tipsy" throws us smack dab in the antics that go on in a bar - from brawls to flirtation. It's features Jill Vice who plays multiple characters, including some that fight with each other. It plays Sept. 6, 7, 14 and 18.
- "Volcano" is certainly one to chance on as it's $5-$6.99 and you get a 90 minute show! Set to electronic music, three friends must fend off intruders in their homes after a volcano awakes and sends pandemonium in their town. Chance it - it won't break any bank. It plays Sept. 7, 8, 13 and 15.
- "Random Acts of Love" seems to squeeze a lot into 50 minutes as it's three short pieces,one is musical, all dealing with the endangered species of the Bay Area - men! Catch this fast paced event on Sept. 7, 11, 14 and 15.
- "Philia" is a musical about a young woman who kisses the frog and he turns into a prince, the beast and he turns into a man and a kisses nerdy high school bassoon player and he turns into a popular soccer jock with shiny hair and perfectly straight teeth. Yet she doesn't realize what changes occur in herself. Check it out on Sept. 7, 8, 14 and 15.
- "A Man, A Magic, A Music" is 90 minutes of cabaret music from Movin Melvin Brown, giving us black musical history from the 1950s to 1990s - all with singing, dancing and clogging. The show is Sept. 6, 10, 11, 12 and 15.
Will point out a few more shows for next week. But make your own schedule and see as much as you can - it's all at a low cost and can find many gems. Check it out at www.sffringe.com.