Fringe in the City: 2007 New York International Fringe Festival Launches Aug. 10

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The 2007 New York International Fringe Festival begins Aug. 10. The annual summer event, now in its 11th year, boasts more than 180 shows.
Debra Ehrhardt in Jamaica, Farewell.
Debra Ehrhardt in Jamaica, Farewell. Photo by Monique Lai

A presentation of The Present Company, led by producing artistic director Elena K. Holy, this year's festivities conclude Aug. 26.

Individual performances of Chaser; Semi-Permanent; Jamaica, Farewell; Boiling Pot; Mary Brigit Poppleton is Writing a Memoir; Hillary Agonistes; A Mikvah; …Double Vision; Piaf: Love Conquers All and Dirt have already sold out. (Tickets went on sale for the annual downtown festival at 12:01 AM July 21.)

Other shows doing brisk business include Williamsburg! The Musical; The Winters Tale Project; Lights Rise on Grace; A Beautiful Child; Bukowsical!; I Dig Doug; PB&J and John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!

Tickets to all shows ($15) and multi-show discount passes are available by calling (212) 279-4488 or toll-free (from outside NY) through (888) FringeNYC. For a complete list of shows and more details, visit the website at FringeNYC.org.

* More than 180 shows — representing nine countries (including Sweden, Japan, Australia, France, Ireland, England and Romania) and 17 states — are slated for the 11th annual festival (playing from 2 PM to midnight on weekdays, and noon to midnight on weekends).

Twenty performance venues will be host to Fringe productions (from 50 to 500 seats) including SoHo Playhouse, Cherry Lane Theatre, The Studio at Cherry Lane, Lucille Lortel Theatre, The New School, Our Lady of Pompei, The Players Theatre, The Players Loft, Center for Architecture, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, The Independent Theater, Linhart Theatre @ 440 Studios, The Gene Frankel, Bleecker Theater and Lafayette Theatre (formerly the Culture Project's 45 Bleecker), The Connelly Theater and CSV Cultural and Educational Center's Flamboyan and Milagro.

FringeCentral is located at 80 Carmine Street (at the corner of Varick). Check the official FringeNYC website for further information.

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As has become tradition, productions try to grab potential audiences with attention pleading titles — some opt for humor, some go naughty, some simply long and others just beg to be noticed with titles in all capital letters.

Some eye-catching shows are:
36:24:36
516 (five sixteen)
Action Jesus
And Somewhere Men Are Laughing
BAAAHHH!!!
bombs in your mouth
Bucharest Calling
BUKOWSICAL!
Bye, Bye Big Guy
CHEKHOV JAZZ
Ching Chong Chinaman
Days and Nights: page 121, lines 11 and 12
Does the Body Good
Elephant in the Room!
(penned/directed by Dan Fogler)
ENOUGH ABOUT ME... LET'S TALK ABOUT JEW!
FARMTRUCKS: A Corporate Coffee Adventure
FREEDOM! and the sticky end of make-believe
Give and Go: Learning from Losing to the Harlem Globetrotters
I DIG DOUG
it ain't no fairy tale
Jazz Hand: Tales of a One Armed Woman
Kelly Kinsella Live! Under Broadway
Lost! How A Certain TV Mega-Hunk Stole My Identity
Mary Brigit Poppleton is Writing a Memoir
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
PB&J
Pigeon Man Apocalypse
Princess Mimi, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Frog
Princess Sunshine's Bitter Pill of Truth Funhouse
Rise like a Penis from the Flames - a Phallic Phoenix Story
SLUT à la carte
Sodomy & Pedicures
Stock Home
THE END
The Life and Times of Martin Luther (Reformed)
The Unusual Suspects
Two-mur Humor: He's Malignant; She's Benign
Up The Gary
Up, Down, Strange, Charmed, Beauty, and Truth
Victor Woo - The Average Asian American
Whence Came Ye Scarlett O'Hara O'Hanrahan?
Woof, Daddy

Many shows announce their genre within their title:
Angst: The New Teen Musical
BASH'd! - A Gay Rap Opera
Cancer! the musical
Champ: A Space Opera
ELEKTRAFIRE - a modern rock opera
FARMER SONG the Musical
Hamlet - a stand up
Life/Play: An Experiment in Theatrical Autobiography
PN 1923.45 LS01 Volume 2 (The Book Play)
Pogo & Evie: A Zydeco Musical
Show Choir! The Musical
THE MEDICINE SHOW (A Play With Music)
The Rat King Rock Opera
Thunder! A Musical Memoir
TRAGEDY! (A Musical Comedy)
Vampingo...a comedy with bite
Williamsburg! The Musical

And, a trend that has waned in recent years but still has some proponents — the long named works:
BAUM FOR PEACE or The True Adventures of the Slightly World-Renowned Lesbian Playwright Who Ran for Congress
THE BOY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD: an absurd fairy tale love quadrangle
The Consuming Passions of Lydia Pinkham and Rev. Sylvester Graham

On the opposite end of the spectrum, a bunch of shows seem to be going for simplicity:
Burn
Chaser
DIRT
Fish
Gamers
HELMET
HORATIO
Juliet
Leni
Lucid
MIRIAM
NIGHT
unrest

The cast of <i>Williamsburg! The Musical</i>.
The cast of Williamsburg! The Musical. Photo by Jonathan Grey
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