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St. Louis Fringe 

When: Aug. 18-20 and Aug. 24-26 2017
Price: $15-$150
The fringe festival paradigm was established in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947, but the format continues to be relevant. The idea is that a disparate assemblage of performing artists — be they dancers, actors, storytellers or musicians — gather to present a number of rapid-fire performances in a short amount of time. It may just be the perfect entertainment for our modern, short-attention-span lifestyles. This year's St. Louis Fringe Festival takes place Friday to Sunday (August 18 to 20) and Thursday to Saturday (24 to 26) in Grand Center (North Grand and Lindell boulevards; Acts include headliners ERA Theatre, Ashleyliane Dance Company and A Song for Vanya (a musical adaptation of Anton Chekhov's drama Uncle Vanya), but don't sleep on the undercard. Matthew Marcum brings Pollock: A Frequency Parable ($15), his avant-operatic performance about painter Jackson Pollock, to St. Louis from the San Francisco N.E.W. Festival; Tesseract Theatre Company debuts its one-woman show Hot for T-Rex ($15), which is about a brash writer of Dino-Erotica; and Same Difference Productions offers its instructional guide to living a normal life, Stop Bein' Weird ($15). Admission varies per show. If you're considering attending more than one show, take a look at the many bundle passes available, good for everything from a three-show student pass ($35) to the All-You-Can-Fringe pass ($150), which gets you into every performance.
— Paul Friswold


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