On the Fringe

On the Fringe

You've always been a little different. Distinct from the rest. One whose tastes were never mainstream; whose fantasies aren't cookie-cutter. A pomegranate among apples. Well, rest easy, black sheep. In this city, you'll find more than a few kindred spirits...and these spirits like to perform onstage. Here's something for you: The New York International Fringe Festival, now in its 17th year, returns to our city this month, bringing a whirlwind of about 1,200 bold and fresh performances to some 20 city stages, thru Aug. 25th. The offerings are diverse and non-traditional: you'll discover the off-beat, underground, culturally controversial and politically prickly. All the acts seem to have one thing in common—they push boundaries. On Thursday night, I stepped into a 7 p.m. showing of Julian Goldhagen's "Talk to me about Shame" without really knowing what to expect. I left having seen a grown man tell personal anecdotes in a diaper, gently prod my fellow audience members about their fears, binge eat an entire cake before us and parade onstage in his birthday suit (hint: it wasn't his birthday). It was..riveting. Check out the line-up on the website and pop in for a performance. You never know what you'll find out on the fringe.