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Posted at 1:09 PM ET, 06/18/2007

On the Fringe Again

By Erin

Nude puppet shows, all-female Shakespeare, aerial tributes, satirical comedies, stirring dramas, sleight-of-hand and mini-cabarets. Yes, the 2nd Annual Capital Fringe Festival is revving up to run from July 19 to 29. This year, more than 120 groups will perform 500 shows over the 11 days. Theater troupes, musicians, comedians, dancers and a wide array of other performance artists will come from across the country to perform at a variety of venues. Performances will be staged in Chinatown, the H Street corridor, along 14th Street and at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

With over 120 choices, it will be hard to choose, but there are many intriguing options.

"Abstract Nude," hailed by critic Peter Marks as the "find of the festival" and a prime example of "the most vital service a fringe festival can do," returns for a staging at Source Theatre.

Performer Slash Coleman created the one-man show "The Neon Man and Me" as a means of coping with the electrocution death of his best friend. In this musical tribute, which recently ran off-Broadway and will air on PBS this fall, Coleman portrays 30 different characters all struggling with the accident.

In "Air Heart," aerial-performer Mara Neimanis performs a tribute to Amelia Earhart atop a 12-foot spinning airplane sculpture. The show takes place at the Scientarium, which until recently was a vacant retail space at 7th and D streets.

The Festival will officially kick off with a free party at Avenue Nightclub at 9 p.m. on July 19 and close with a free all-day BBQ Fricnic (Fringe Picnic) at R&R Bar and Lounge.

We'll have recommendations, details and previews up soon. In the meantime, what were the highlights from last year and what do you look forward to this year?

--Erin

By Erin  | June 18, 2007; 1:09 PM ET
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Isn't Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind performing? I just saw their show in Chicago and it is AMAZING. I can't wait to see them here in D.C. It was accessible, hysterical and sometimes profound.

Posted by: Margaret, Washington, DC | June 20, 2007 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is hosting The Neo-Futurists of Chicago with their late-night show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind from July 19-29 during Fringe Fest. 30 Plays in 60 Minutes with audience participation to choose the order of the plays each night - very cool. www.woollymammoth.net is their website.

Posted by: Michael | June 20, 2007 3:19 AM | Report abuse

and the dates for Too Much Light... is actually July 25-29 at Woolly Mammoth.

Posted by: Michael | June 20, 2007 3:21 AM | Report abuse

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