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2nd Annual Columbus Fringe Festival - May 4-27

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    Walker Evans
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    Thursday, May 04, 2006

    The second annual Columbus Fringe Festival will run today through May 27 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave.; MadLab Theatre, 105 N. Grant Ave.; and other locations. Here is a guide to the festival:


    • Anatomical Scenario will present Anna and the Annadroids, choreographed by Anna Sullivan with guest musician Harold ‘‘Happy” Chichester, at 8 tonight through Saturday night and 2 p.m. Sunday in Columbus Dance Theatre, 592 E. Main St.

    • ‘‘Tim Veach Dance” will be performed at 8 p.m. May 12-13 and 19-20 in Columbus Dance Theatre.

    • California’s Yard Dogs Road Show, a touring variety act, will perform at 8 p.m. May 16 in Axis Nightclub & Theatre, 775 N. High St.

    • Columbus’ Eoin O’Brien & Grimaldi Circus will present ‘‘Dr. Danga Grimaldi’s Exhibition Fantastique” — a surreal cabaret show blending circus, comedy, music and puppets — at 8 p.m. May 25-27 in Columbus Dance Theatre.


    • Several music venues have joined the festival: Acme Art Company, 1230 Courtland Ave. (614-299-0296); Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. (614-206-9092, http://www.myspace.com/carabar); Oldfield’s on High, 2590 N. High St. (www.oldfieldsonhigh.com); and St. James Tavern (also offering stand-up comedy), 1057 N. 4 th St. (614-294-0064, http://www.stjamestavern.com). For show dates and times, visit http://www.columbusfringefestival.com.


    • Available Cupholders, a Chicago improvisational-comedy troupe, will present The Improvised Play at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will lead an improv workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, both at MadLab Theatre.

    • MadLab Theatre and Blue-Forms Theatre Group will present ‘‘Fringe24″ — a stunt-theater festival in which several short plays will be written, cast, directed, designed and rehearsed within 24 hours — at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Columbus Performing Arts Center.

    • MadLab Theatre’s seventh annual Theatre Roulette of short plays in three repertory evenings will be offered Thursday through May 27 at MadLab. Opening at 8 tonight: ‘‘Textiles & Fake Smiles” (J.J. Steinfeld’s Old-Fashioned Seamed Nylon Stockings, John Zygmunt’s Coming Out of the Closet and S.H. Crawford’s The Shirt). Opening at 8 p.m. Friday: ‘‘Bad News & Rendezvous” (Kristina Meek’s Greek to Me, Jennifer Feather’s The Rebuttal and Jim Azelvandre’s Mr. Jones Has a Day). Opening at 8 p.m. Saturday: ‘‘Crustaceans & Frustrations” (Donald Dewey’s Jams & Jellies, Susan Hunter’s Level Four, Michael Kimball’s Say No More and William Whitehurst’s The Happy Lobster).

    • Miscreant Productions will present In Flux, a double bill of new one-acts by central Ohio playwrights Elizabeth Nolan Brown (Untitled Stage Play One) and Ted Brengle (Alone Untogether) exploring the transience and fables-vs.-reality mind-set of 20-somethings, at 8 p.m. next Thursday through May 13 and 8 p.m. May 18-20 in the Short Stop Youth Center, 1066 N. High St.

    • Foolish Bison Players will present Midnight in America, Philip James Hickman’s new drama about a life of desperation, at 8 p.m. May 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27 in Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N. High St.

    • Beth Josephsen and Elizabeth Blockinger will present encores of their Ohio State University productions of The Girls Across the Street, Josephsen’s one-act about a college student befriending four poor girls, and Bringing the Baby Home, Blockinger’s one-woman show about uncovering family secrets, at 8 p.m. next Thursday through May 13 in the Columbus Performing Arts Center.

    • Chicago’s Hermit Arts and Tricklock Company will present Braising, writerdirector Idris Goodwin’s comic drama about the bizarre ways people treat those they claim to love, at 8 p.m. May 18-20 in the Columbus Performing Arts Center.

    • Indianapolis’ Jeffrey Barnes will present Remember Who Made You — his one-person, one-act show exploring the myths, fears and joys of being Christian and gay — at 8 p.m. May 25-27 in the Columbus Performing Arts Center.


    • Among the exhibits: ‘‘On the Fringe” (MadLab’s Gallery Like No Other, opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday through May); ‘‘Outsider Art” (Art Access, 540 S. Drexel Ave., Bexley, opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, running through May 30); ‘‘Samantha A. Lopez & Ryan Turner Roth: The Many Roles of a Hidden Agenda” (Roy G Biv, 997 N. High St., Saturday through May 27, 614-297-7694); and ‘‘Esoteric: V. Mann and Barbara Ahlbrand” (Kirsten Bowen Gallery, 537 S. Drexel Ave., opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, running through May 30, 614-231-1125).


    • Tickets cost $12, or $30 for a three-show pass; $10, or $25 for a three-show pass, for senior citizens, students and MadLab members; or $20 for ‘‘Tim Veach Dance” performances. Prices vary for music events. Admission is free to art exhibits.

    • For more information, call 614-470-2333. For a full schedule, visit http://www.columbusfringefestival.com.


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