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Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival

March 11 to 21, 1999

By Steven Grimm, Seattle.Sidewalk

Looking for a surer thing? GreenStage makes our best-bets list with David J. Dodge's The Bind.
The festival: Nine stages and 74 theater companies: The annual festival pulls back slightly from last year's highly ambitious breadth, but you'll still be able to sample plenty of shoestring productions. The Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival makes a strong impact throughout Seattle for two weeks every March, for both those who delight in tangling themselves with the heavy daily schedules up front, and those who wait until the second weekend, when the quality yarns have become obvious.

This year, for those who'd rather not take their own chances, the "Artistic Picks of the Fringe" awards will be a boon: Judges from Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre and A Contemporary Theatre will select their favorite three shows, to be staged at ACT sometime after the festival ends.

But if you're going to take the plunge, check out our top picks, based on our knowledge of groups' past performances. With the exception of Repertory Actors Theatre's All in the Timing, these shows are going to be fresh for our eyeballs, too. Find full details of all these shows and dozens of others on the Fringe Festival's Web site, link provided below.

Going to one or two shows? Try these:
All in the Timing, Repertory Actors Theatre
Circus of the Flaming Gypsy, Theatre Au Naturel
Kinesis, Lela Performance Group
Moreau, Taproot Theatre
Noon, Repertory Actors Theatre
Pu'uhonua, Open Circle Theatre
The Bind, GreenStage
The Root of Chaos, GreenStage
What Big Teeth You Have!, Theatre Au Naturel

Splurging on a pass? Try these, too:
Babylon Briefs, Theatre Babylon
Black Angels, Dappin' Butoh
Hotspur! The Musical Sensation, Red Card Productions
I Am the Pirate King, Full Moon/Schmab Productions
Inside the OPM Den II, OPM
Rock Opera: The Fossil Record, Pangloss Productions
Sister, small hand open fist
The Animated Blake, James Jay's Word Up
Where No Pig Has Gone Before, Pork Filled Players

Tickets: Selling individual tickets and passes, the central box office opens at the Broadway Performance Hall on March 6, open daily from noon to 8 p.m. An outlet at the Broadway Market will sell passes only, open noon to 5:30 p.m. Ticket for day-of shows are sold only until 3 p.m., and at least 10% of the show's tickets are reserved for at-door purchase. Box office phone: (206) 322-2018.

Five-show passes are $35; full-festival passes are $150.
Individual tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12.
With purchase of a $2 festival button, purchase all tickets at these prices instead: $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

Click here to visit the website of the Seattle Fringe Festival 
For all plays, show times and more purchase options, check out the Fringe Festival Web site [external link].

Photo by Erik Stuhaug

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