Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again! All over the world, the Fringe Festival is raging, and while we’re here in Edinburgh we have our own Dylan Arredondo writing to us from NYC. We know the sheer volume of shows can get overwhelming, but that’s why you have the Fringebiscuit team to give you our top picks for upcoming pieces.
With this year’s FringeNYC hosting 200 shows over the festival’s 16 days, figuring out where to start can become a daunting dilemma. This is my forecast of suggestions! Ranging the gamut from black box hidden gem to mediocrity at it’s finest, I tend to lean towards shows that have already been well received by audiences elsewhere in the fringe theatre circuit.
As featured on screen at the Soho International Film Festival, the Juilliard-trained duo Slanty Eyed-Mama uses this rock concert/stand-up comedy hybrid show to subvert stereotypes and reclaim Asian-American agency in performance, providing “music for a new gener-Asian.”
Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show! drom. 14, 15, 21 and 22 August
After racking up awards and an Encore Series extension at Hollywood Fringe, this comedy by Meghan Gambling features moments of side-splitting laughter and unexpected emotional honesty, telling the story of self help author Bonnie Hill’s engagement party. Bonnie tries to uphold her minute-by-minute itinerary in spite of the other guests: her estranged sister and sisters-in-law-to-be.
Bonnie’s Future Sisters, The Kraine Theater. 19, 21, 22, 23, and 25 August
The combination of a belt-filled score, subject matter still fresh in our minds (the 2011 Occupy protests), and a talented, diverse cast may make this show the musical to watch out for this year. Zuccotti Park took the award for Best Direction at the 2015 Venus/Adonis Festival but came in second overall in Best Play. It’s re-appearance now over a year later will likely be accompanied with changes, both in cast and text, to make this show “first place” material this time around.
ZUCCOTTI PARK, A Musical About the Human Side of Economics, Flamboyan Theater at The Clemente. 17, 21, 24, 27 and 28 August
Despite being billed as a solo show, hip-hop theatre artist Kilusan Bautista’s Transcend highlights a much broader collaboration. Working with a team of transmedia, visual, sound, and film artists, Bautista’s piece concerned with the gentrification of Brooklyn may prove to be the most sensorially-engaging experience of the festival, combining storytelling, projection, music, and spoken word.
Transcend, Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. 14, 19, 21, 25 and 26 August
Curbside’s three-person acrobatic re-telling of “The Little Prince” was nominated for Best Show at Edinburgh Fringe last year and will surely prove to be a breath-taking and family-friendly physical theatre choice.
Flight, The Theatre at the 14th Street Y. 13, 15, 17, 19, and 21 August