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Posted at 9:06 AM ET, 06/25/2009

Fringe Festival Tickets On Sale

By Stephanie Merry
Fringe Festival

It's almost July, which means D.C. is about to get inundated with offbeat theatrics.The Capital Fringe Festival arrives with a new slate of more than 100 shows that will be staged across the city over 18 days. Performances kick off July 9, but tickets are already on sale for the shows. Like last year, a $5 Fringe button is a must for getting into any performance, and tickets for individual plays are $15. Of course, if you think you'll want to hit more than one performance, it might make sense to buy a multi-pack, and Fringe is offering a number of options. The alcohol-inspired promotions start with the foh-ty -- a pack of 4 tickets for $50 and escalate to the six-pack, which includes six tickets for $75. For 10 tickets, check out the 110-proof ($110). Unlimited access comes with a price tag of $300, but sadly no clever name. (Maybe they could have dubbed it the "open bar?")

Delusions of Spandex returns to Fringe with a new batch of ridiculous antics. (Sunny Antrim)

The specials are also good for tickets to Training Factory events -- a series of workshops including Beatboxing 101 -- and FAST, which is the festival's new music series. The eight nights of tunes feature everything from hip-hop to ambient noise to heavy metal, and all performances will take place at the festival headquarters, Fort Fringe.

Fringe is such a mixed bag of hilarious variety shows, touching musicals, mediocre world premieres and cringe-worthy performances, so we're offering some guidance on promising plays after the jump.

"Diamond Dead" was a huge hit last year with its mix of zombies and rock music. And luckily, Landless Theatre is only minorly messing with its good thing with "Diamond Dead (Continued...)," a world premiere sequel.

Don't let the title fool you. "Children of Medea" will not feature a cross-dressing Tyler Perry. And that's good news, because it means Sue Jin Song is reprising her 2008 Fringe hit about Korean-American sisters coming of age after their mother abandons them.

"4.48 Psychosis" marks the opening performance of the new local theater company Factory 449. Co-founder and Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Rick Hammerly is staging Sarah Kane's tragic play about a woman who awakens after killing herself and tries to piece together what has occurred and why. The play is Kane's last work, for she later committed suicide.

On a lighter note, when the Fringe schedule came out, Fritz and I both had one question in mind: will Delusions of Spandex be back with another installment of ridiculous silliness? Luckily the answer is yes. Phaea and Becca bring their awkward brand of sketch comedy to the stage with "Dorks on the Loose: Facey Facey Face Face." Just try saying the name out loud without laughing.

Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue garnered tons of fans with its rock-and-roll remake of the Greek tragedy "the Oresteia" last year, so Fringe is bringing the play back for another round. You can also get a fresh dose of Dizzy with the new play "the Saints," which combines St. Augustine and Johnny Cash.

Molotov Theatre Group's "The Sticking Place" won the 2008 Fringe pick for best show, so its new offering is a good bet, especially considering the premise. "Closet Land" follows a government interrogator who tortures a children's book author he suspects of wrongdoing.

Another 2008 Fringe winner was the Weerd Sisters, and the group has another experimental performance up its sleeves with "Journey #8." We know that this year's play blends dance with real-life stories; considering the Sisters' style of mish-mash performances, that's probably about as much of a plot synopsis as you're going to get.

Everybody seemed to be talking about SpeakeasyDC last year (and the year before that) with shows like "Chocolate Jesus" and "Revenge of the Cat-Headed Baby." The theater company sure knows how to tell a story and make it captivating. This year's offering is "The Sin Show," and you can guess where the group's going with that one: expect to get a deadly dose of wrath, greed and gluttony.

What other shows look promising to you? Let us know in the comments.

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | June 25, 2009; 9:06 AM ET
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finally seeing The Quick Brown Fox by Michael Merino.... looking forward to coming to town for the festival... I loved the reading of his play in NY this past year...

Posted by: theaterlover | June 25, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: mrgumpindc | June 25, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Saw an earlier reading of "Quick Brown Fox" in the D of C, and it was a funnier than a box full of three-legged puppies.

Posted by: ViscousMellophone | June 27, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I recommend Jack the Ticket Ripper by John Morogiello (playwright of Irish Authors Held Hostage). (Yes, I'm biased, I'm in it).

JACK, the ticket-taker, has never missed a performance in 25 years. When his job is threatened, JACK refuses to be downsized. A hilarious revenge comedy that will have you asking who will JACK off next?

Posted by: Cisic | June 30, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I caught an early reading of Michael Merino's The Quick Brown Fox Jumped over the Lazy Dogs at the Kennedy Center a few years back and was blown away by it. I'm really looking forward to seeing the full production of this satire of language and communication. Definitely a Fringe must-see by one of D.C.'s cleverest playwrights.

Posted by: kkfea | July 1, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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