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It’s not anti-theater to say that the best thing about the Capital Fringe Festival is hanging out at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar. If the prosecco’s flowing, the kitchen’s not out of food, and it’s under 90 degrees outside, the tent is the best place in the District for dramatic types to convene. Tonight, you’ll have a chance to enjoy both theater and sparkling wine, all under the tent. The Fringe Festival Preview features excerpts from 30 of the 134 shows scheduled for this year’s festival, which beings July 12. Organizers don’t announce in advance which troupes they’ve chosen to perform; “Expect a variety” was all they’d say. Also expect representatives of the 104 uninvited troupes to be loitering on New York Avenue NW, passing out postcards inviting you to their underwater clown cabarets, sketch comedy picnics, one-man shows about religion, and so forth.
The Fringe Festival Preview begins at 8 p.m. at 607 New York Ave. NW. Free. capfringe.org.