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- Peeking into Fringe
- SF Chronicle Datelines October 3, 2008 (Robert Hurwitt)
- The 17th annual San Francisco Fringe Festival doesn't open until Sept.
3, but for those who've already begun the intricate process of sorting
out which and how many of the 48 or so shows to see during its two-week
run, help is on the way. The Fringe-producing Exit Theatre is offering
a sneak peek at some 10 solo artists and companies performing excerpts
from their Fringe shows on Aug. 16 at the Exit.
- Excerpts range from the work of solo comics (Alicia Dattner, Zoe Sheli
Sameth) and cabaret artists (Mary Ann Boyd) to the physical comedy troupe
Pi, bits of Supersonic Theater's rock opera "Exit Sign" and "Mitch,"
a postmodern version of "Agamemnon" set in a San Francisco restaurant
by CatchyName Productions. Then there's "Theatre That Moves,"
which comic Mercedes Segesvary will be performing in a 15-seat tour van
making its way around city streets during the festival.
- Segesvary won't be the only performer on the move during the festival.
Among the other shows in "nontraditional venues" will be one
that tours Market Street doorways, one in Union Square and another in an
as-yet-undisclosed basement - not to mention Lucy Gray's remake of "Vertigo,"
called "To Kill For," at Grace Cathedral and the sex-ed burlesque
by John Leo and Sophie Nimmannit coming from Brooklyn to the Center for
Sex and Culture.
- There'll be shows in several other theaters, including Boxcar, Phoenix
and Off-Market, and 30 works running in repertory on Exit's three stages
- 15 from the Bay Area, 10 from such exotic American locales as Los Angeles,
Denver, St. Paul and New Jersey, four from Canada and one from England.
For more information on the Sneak Peek or a complete Fringe schedule, call
(415) 931-1094 or go to www.sffringe.org. - Robert Hurwit