The New York International Fringe Festival

Musicals, comedies, puppet shows, dance, nude actors and an old show by the Marx Brothers: Welcome to the 2014 edition of the New York International Fringe Festival

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As Broadway and Off Broadway take breathers before the fall rush, August means just one thing for many lovers of New York theater: The New York International Fringe Festival. More than 75,000 people swarm annually through this sprawling hive of theater and dance, making FringeNYC (as it’s sometimes known) of the city’s largest events. This year’s 18th edition includes work by 205 different theater and dance companies, each of which gets just five or six chances to show its stuff.
 
Of course, quantity doesn’t always equal quality—and that’s where we come in. The wild variety of Fringe offerings includes musicals, experimental pieces, classical revivals and ramshackle new works about Moses, Taylor Swift and pretty much everyone in between. Some may go on to glory (like Fringe Festival alumni Urinetown and Silence! The Musical), while others will fade into well-deserved obscurity. As always, we’ll be sending a battery of reviewers out into the field to report on dozens of shows, so check this page regularly for new reviews.

When is the Fringe Festival?

The New York International Fringe Festival runs from August 8 through August 24 at 18 different venues, most of them in the East Village and Lower East Side. Tickets are $18 and some shows sell out fast. A full list of the 205 productions—and where and when they're playing—can be found at the official Fringe Festival website. And if you can’t get tickets to a particular show, don’t give up hope: Some of the most popular Fringe plays return in September as part of the FringeNYC Encore Series.

10 Fringe shows to watch out for

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  1. Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center 107 Suffolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts
  2. Sat Aug 9
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Joel Creasey: Rock God

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Players Theatre 115 MacDougal St, at Minetta Ln
  2. Sat Aug 9 - Fri Aug 15
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3

Hoaxocaust!

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Paradise Factory 64 E 4th St, between Bowery and Second Ave
  2. Fri Aug 15 - Thu Aug 21
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4

I'll Say She Is

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Sheen Center 18 Bleecker St, at Elizabeth St, 10012
  2. Sun Aug 10 - Fri Aug 22
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  1. Theatre 80 80 St. Marks Pl, between First and Second Aves
  2. Fri Aug 8 - Fri Aug 22
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  1. Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center 107 Suffolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts
  2. Sat Aug 9 - Fri Aug 22
More info
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Coffee and Biscuit

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Connelly Theater 220 E 4th St, between Aves A and B
  2. Fri Aug 8 - Fri Aug 22
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  1. The White Box (at 440 Studios) 440 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sun Aug 10 - Sat Aug 23
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Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. The Celebration of Whimsy 21A Clinton St, between E Houston and Stanton Sts, 10002
  2. Sun Aug 10 - Sat Aug 23
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  1. Connelly Theater 220 E 4th St, between Aves A and B
  2. Sun Aug 17 - Sun Aug 24
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