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Culture, Stage Lunatic Fringe

Lunatic Fringe

I frequently boast about my theatrical stamina. As a critic at Scotland's massive Edinburgh Fringe Festival over several summers, I often reviewed five or six shows within a 24-hour period — every day for an entire month. How difficult could…
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Culture, Stage Bizarre Bazaar

Bizarre Bazaar

The weeklong anarchy of 50-minute plays known as the San Francisco Fringe Festival tends to scare up bizarre, inventive material, but Elisa DeCarlo distinguishes herself this year by telling a freakish story that isn't even fiction. DeCarlo is a comedienne…
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News, Night Crawler Fringe Character

Fringe Character

An eroded man with road-map eyes shuffles toward me, murmuring about the "liftoff" as he sucks the marrow out of a wet, oily chicken bone. He stops in front of me and smiles, his greasy lips curling back over four…
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News, Feature

Exit Theater, Christina Augello, Artistic Director

The Exit Theater figures that staging the San Francisco Fringe Festival -- a two-week series of short pieces by anyone who can get his or her proposals to Artistic Director Christina Augello on time -- takes about $1 million worth…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

Smoke Gets in My Eyes ... ... make it stop. You're in a theater, lost in an extraordinary performance, and then you spot it, far upstage, a hint, the merest whisper: fog. You freeze, waiting for the inevitable in-house cacophony.…
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