|Celebrating Fringe Encores | A Second Life for Great Shows
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Posted: August 28, 2012
by Ted Greenberg
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Fringe Encores opens next week at SoHo Playhouse. It’s a second chance to see over a dozen of the hottest, most original and moving shows that were part of the 187 productions at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. Fringe Encores is thrilling for performers and audiences (especially after missing out on these fabulous shows the first time around). And, I know first hand what a blast Fringe Encores can be. Four years ago, my mostly one-man comedy show, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, was selected to participate in Fringe Encores, and I’ve been lucky enough to be at the SoHo Playhouse pretty much ever since.
Many of the shows selected for this year’s series were feted during the festival, winning awards. 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche and Independents both took home Overall Production Awards. Salamander Starts Over and The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children were recognized as Outstanding Solo Performances. Chris Phillips won a Playwriting Award for Pieces, and Kelly Bailey was given an Outstanding Design award for Pulp Shakespeare‘s costumes.
Matthew Trumbull in The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children
Kudos to every show that was selected. I am particularly thrilled that The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children, Matthew Trumbull’s exquisite one-man show, will have another life and even happier that it will play before my show two Saturdays, September 8 and 29 at 8:00 pm.
Don’t just take my word that this show is brilliant. Time Out New York gave the show four stars and said the show “achieves a masterful balance between the tragedy of loss and the touching moments of humor it can create.” TheaterMania.com called it “beautifully written.” Theater Is Easy raved about the show, “A devastating and funny personal monologue about losing a parent performed by a master storyteller — a true gift from Matthew Trumbull to his audiences.” I could keep piling on the terrific reviews.
See this show. Be moved, and then come to mine on September 8th or 29th at 10:00 pm to lighten up.
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