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Okay, thrillseekers, another weekend’s Fringe-ry is upon us. The Fringe & Purge Action News and Commentary Squad will be out in force!
But then, we’ve been out in force. Here’re some shows that when filetered through our proprietary critical assessment algorithm came up at least 51 percent fresh, meaning, in clinical terms, that they’re more good than bad.
Accuweather predicts the dewpoint will be a comfy south-of-60 when things kick off at 1800 hours this evening, so it’s a good night for you to take in shows at venues like The Apothecary or Redrum, which are not always suitable for human habitation, climate-wise.
Squirrel, or The Origin of a Species (Redrum, 6 p.m.) — Greg Benson calls it a run “through a Baskin-Robbins of ideas” that’s maybe still a little too clever for its own good, but forgives it that.
Socrates the Lover (The Apothecary, 6 p.m.) — While this one doesn’t yield any insight into the titular navel-gazer’s performance as a ladykiller, reports our Sophia Bushong, it’s still a thoughtful look at the life of an immortal man that also has a sense of humor.
Illuminate: A Martial Arts Experience (Warehouse, 6 p.m.) — Veteran Fringe artist Ryan S. Taylor probably had to change his gi after he finished raving about of this unique neon-lit chopsocky extravaganza.
FLYBOY (Spooky Universe, 10 p.m.) — Playwright/producer Evan Crump told me his tense, imaginative drama about two astronauts competing for the honor of traveling beyond own solar system fits rights in with his oeuvre of loneliness. But also, space! Just go see it.
cloudism (The Shop, 10:30 p.m.) — Prolific videographer Matt Bevilacqua said this experimental offering probes “the basic presumptions behind theater while pretending to sword-fight with an umbrella.”
Oh, and if you’d like to see Fringe’s founding director and guiding light Julianne Brienza subjected to enhanced interrogation, you won’t want to miss the Match Game DC, which happens at Studio Theatre at 10 p.m.
We’ll see you on the beat, everyone. And be careful out there!