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

Awkward Romance: "The Third Evening,"  part of the Fringe Festival

Awkward Romance: "The Third Evening," part of the Fringe Festival Photography by Mickey Kerr


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.

How do I buy tickets for the Fringe Festival?

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.

Fringe Festival reviews

His Majesty, the Devil—A Play with Music

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Robert Moss Theater (at 440 Studios) 440 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Until Wed Aug 20
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Clive Barker's History of the Devil

  • Rated as: 1/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 14th Street Theater 344 E 14th St, at First Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 17
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King of Kong: A Musical Parody

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Players Theatre 115 MacDougal St, at Minetta Ln
  2. Until Tue Aug 19
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Joel Creasey: Rock God

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Players Theatre 115 MacDougal St, at Minetta Ln
  2. Until Fri Aug 15
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Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. The Celebration of Whimsy 21A Clinton St, between E Houston and Stanton Sts, 10002
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Fri Oct 3
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Vestments of the Gods

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Theatre 80 80 St. Marks Pl, between First and Second Aves
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. The Celebration of Whimsy 21A Clinton St, between E Houston and Stanton Sts, 10002
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Fri Oct 3
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Bedroom Secrets

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Players Theatre 115 MacDougal St, at Minetta Ln
  2. Until Sat Aug 16
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Sick City Blues

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Connelly Theater 220 E 4th St, between Aves A and B
  2. Until Fri Aug 22
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Depression: The Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center 107 Suffolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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Jump Man: A Mario Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Theatre 80 80 St. Marks Pl, between First and Second Aves
  2. Until Sun Sep 14
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The Mushroom Cure

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre 115 MacDougal St, at Minetta Ln, second floor
  2. Until Fri Aug 22
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The Mormon Bird Play (Sketches for an Allegorical Dream)

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Robert Moss Theater (at 440 Studios) 440 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Until Thu Aug 21
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Things I Left on Long Island

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre 115 MacDougal St, at Minetta Ln, second floor
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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I'll Say She Is

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Sheen Center 18 Bleecker St, at Elizabeth St, 10012
  2. Until Fri Aug 22
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Well Adjusted

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Sheen Center 18 Bleecker St, at Elizabeth St, 10012
  2. Until Fri Aug 22
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Fortuna Fantasia

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Robert Moss Theater (at 440 Studios) 440 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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Teddy's Doll House

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Robert Moss Theater (at 440 Studios) 440 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Until Sat Aug 23
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