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Fringe Dwellers

Pioneer Press writers will be reviewing dozens of shows during this year's Fringe Festival. While traipsing from show to show, they'll have eyes and ears open to notable moments, odd encounters and unusual events. Those observations will be recorded here.






Friday, August 04, 2006

Passing judgment

Once again this year, the Pioneer Press is using its beloved Must See / Worth Considering /Avoid Like the Plague criteria to review Fringe shows. Day One of the festival produced a nearly unbroken string of so-so shows. No raves, and only one that conjures images of avian flu.

You can find a comprehensive listing of the shows we saw Friday by going to our On Stage page.

Here's what we've collectively seen so far, and how we feel about it:

WORTH CONSIDERING

"The Depth of the Ocean"
"P54 Section G"
"Thanks for the Scabies, Jerkface"
"Bitter Boy's Musical Journey from Negative to Positive"
"Die, Clowns, Die!"
"Watching Porn"
"Phyro-Giants!"

AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE

"Criteria"

On a different topic, I'm delighted to report that the two-tiered ticketing system seems to be working well. You may remember my complaint last year about well intentioned but slow box office machinations. This year, the Fringe has introduced a two-line system, complete with eye-catching road-sign graphics. Route One is for folks with reservations; Route Two is for those buying tickets on the spot.

At last night's opening night of "Die, Clowns, Die!" the ticketing staff was working very smoothly, considering it was their first night out. And the two-line setup made the wait both reasonable and manageable for everybody.

-Dominic P. Papatola

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