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Leave it to Fringe to call upon the most evil dictator in the world as a pick-me-up. In addition to Hitler’s wild adventures, you can also check out a sideshow act, although we won’t be able to guarantee your safety from gross things.
Artful Justice (W.S. Jenks & Son, 6 p.m.) — Adolf Hitler (yes, that Hitler; you were expecting another?) becomes an artist in Greenwich Village in this historical shuffle that revels in bad taste. Oh, and he gets a Jewish lawyer, too. “The play is undeniably smart,” our Morgan Baskin declared.
Straight Faced Lies (Logan Fringe Arts Space: Upstairs, 6:30 p.m.) — A standout cast helps to fill some of the script’s gaps in this family drama. Our Peter Orvetti praised the “skillful direction” of Ryan S. Taylor, and says the show boasts “some of the best acting at Fringe.”
Cheeky Monkey Sideshow Presents: CMSS X 3D, OK? (Logan Fringe Arts Space: Trinidad Theatre, 8 p.m.) — This sideshow act changes night to night, so you never know what you’re liable to get. But here’s an idea: At the Capital Fringe preview event, Cheeky Monkey’s delegate made — and then ate — a balloon animal. If that sounds unmissable, get your tickets now.
Neda Wants to Die (W.S. Jenks & Son, 9:30 p.m.) — A United Nations caseworker learns the hard way that “bearing witness” isn’t always enough in this searing portrayal of the gulf between war victims and their aid workers. It’s “brutal and compelling,” our Cassie Balfour says.
Handout photo courtesy of Paul Gillis Photography