With the close of the San Francisco Fringe Festival Sept. 14, the best of the two-week alternative theatre fest have risen to the top, ala the proverbial cream. 2002's annointed are <52, Valentine's Play Time, Me Laugh You Long Time, Gulag Ha Ha, The Way Light Strikes Filled Mason Jars and Woods for the Trees. The best of the Fringe will play Sept. 27 and 28 at the EXITheatreplex.
<52 is a series of sketches by Ripe Theatre mocking our cell phone-infested, palm-piloted, consumer-driven society. Valentine's Play Time combines two one-acts, Edward Allan Baker's Face Divided and William Saroyan's Hello Out There. Los Angeles' comedy troupe OPM is behind Me Laugh You Long Time, a biting satire of Asian American life in America. In Gulag Ha Ha by New York's Banana, Bag and Bodice, a dimly light prison entertains its captive "guests" with torture. The Way Light Strikes Mason Jars by Joe Besecker is a poetic look at the way writers interact. Using the classic fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel as the starting point, Kraftwork's Woods for the Trees investigates kiling to eat, eating to live and survival of the fittest.
Tickets run from $12-$20. The EXITheatrePlex is located at 156 Eddy Street. For reservations, call (415) 673-3847. The San Francisco Fringe Festival is on the web at http://www.sffringe.org.
— By Christine Ehren