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Fringe 2016 - Like Jazz Fest on Ritalin?
By Christine G. Adamo
Pandora Boxx, who's appeared on Season 2 of Ru Paul's "Drag Race," will be performing in #ROCFringe16.
It started at 7am, an insider told me.
What's that, you ask? Rehearsals for this morning's 2016 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival "Big Reveal" at The Little Theatre.
As photogs and press types (including yours truly) guzzled downed coffee and nibbled on pastries in The Little Café, a team of folks representing Rochester Fringe were busy in Little 1 (off East Avenue): setting the stage, rehearsing their lines and cueing up a slideshow featuring the likes of Pandora Boxx, Patton Oswalt and others set to appear in the organization's 5th annual festival.
"It's like Jazz Fest on Ritalin," quipped Jeff Andrews, co-founder of the Canary in a Coal Mine sketch comedy show.
Ritalin, indeed! Sitting thru a reading of each of the festival's more than 50 sponsor names, in itself, was an exercise in patience. Newest among them? The National Endowment for the Arts. But it was worth it, if only to get a sneak peek at some of the 500+ performers and events on the 2016 roster: returning favorites like "Sient Disco" (Friday and Saturday nights), the stunning dance piece "Cordaro World" (Sept. 17 and 20 at SOTA) and SUNY Brockport graduate Elizabeth Streb's "... in SEA."
Her Extreme Action Heroes' goal, Streb said via a video clip, is to encourage folks to think: "I could go just a little bit further. I can do just a little bit more." A little bit more? How 'bout a whole lot more? Her performers climb scaffolding several stories tall and free fall onto air mattresses, making every moment look effortless and the act of submitting to gravity seem like second nature. Wanna check it out? They perform for FREE Sept. 16 and 17 in Parcel 5.
To steal a line from Pandora Boxx, the whole shebang's sure to be "gay-mazing!" And then some. Even Mayor Lovely Warren is in on the game!
Rochester Fringe 2016 runs Sept. 15-24. For details? Visit RochesterFringe.com.