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Aaaaaand, we’re back. Like the Caped Crusader in Batman Returns. Like Kahn Noonian Singh in The Wrath of Kahn. Like Crocodile Dundee in, uh, Crocodile Dundee II.

The sixth edition of the Capital Fringe Festival kicks off in T-minus six days, but the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent has been open for over a week already and there’s festival preview happening there tonight at 7 p.m.

Q: Will members of the Fringe & Purge Action News and Commentary Squad will be on-site live-Tweeting the event?

A: Affirmative. @FringePurge is where to find that sweet stuff.

We’ll be ramping up the blog in earnest after Independence Day. For the next three to four weeks, Fringe & Purge will once again endeavor to offer you irreverent but informed coverage of a remarkable all-comers theater festival that we’re all glad exists.

We’ll be reviewing shows (not all of them, but a lot), profiling Fringe artists (not all of them, but as many as we can), and reporting on the gossip and the business of the festival. (What happens in the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent does not stay in the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent.).

And hear ye this: We’ll be keeping score. That’s right, our Daily Power Ranking will tell you who’s up, who’s down, and who’s on a hot rail outta town.

Now, some folks will try to tell you that Fringe is about expression and experimentation and risk. It’s about art, mew they. It’s not a competition! You know and we know that there’s a word for suchlike people: vegans. Fringe is a jungle, and everybody wanna be king.

We’ll also answer questions submitted by you, our beloved readership.

There’ll be video. There’ll be audio.

It’s all happening. And it’ll all be happening here.

We’ll see you under the tent!