Fringe Encore Series 2017

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Soho Playhouse features the best of international fringe fests!

Even though FringeNYC took a hiatus in 2017, Soho Playhouse is still mounting its Fringe Encore Series. This 12th annual event features productions from various international theater fests, including the Adelaide, Brighton, Edinburgh, Hollywood, San Diego, and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals. 

Shows are listed in chronologically.



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Fruit Flies Like a Banana: World Tour

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Refreshing, Intelligent
84
Critics
83
4 reviews
Members
84
12 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: The multi-talented performers of the hybrid arts ensemble The Fourth Wall combine music, theater, and dance for a virtual global tour.

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'Fruit Flies Like a Banana' is a high-octane variety hour where each piece is inspired by a different locale, and you choose the itinerary! Each night the audience selects the show order by picking cards from a deck, and even determines parameters for some pieces created on the spot.

 

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Turbulence

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Great singing
81
Critics
80
2 reviews
Members
81
33 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This original musical offers a fast and farcical race through space.

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The 4242 Intergalympics are finally here, and it’s up to the crew of the S.S. Albacore to prove that Earth isn’t the shabby dirt turd the Martians think it is. Ready, set, space! 'Turbulence' won Best Musical and Best World Premiere in the 2017 Hollywood International Fringe Festival.

 

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Kafka And Son

Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking
81
Critics
84
14 reviews
Members
80
27 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: Adapted from a letter Kafka wrote to his dad, this solo drama is a blistering dissection of domestic authority, and a visit with one of the architects of the modern psyche.

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At the age of 36, Franz Kafka was still living at home, a petty bureaucrat, a failed artist, a timid Jewish son. Ruling and ruining his life was his overbearing father, Hermann. What to do? Kafka wrote a 50-page letter to his dad in which he reveals deep connections between his life and his fiction.

 

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Just Like Life

Members say: Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Banal
54
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
54
6 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: In this absurdist piece, Hey-Zeus sits on the toilet as Quote Mamma feeds him Jell-O and wisdom.

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In a whitewashed room with a white fridge, white sink, white porcelain toilet, and white everything else, Hey-Zeus frantically scrubs the white tiled floor with his toothbrush as his doting Quote Mamma watches. She tells us, "To live in clean is to live in perpetual orgasms." Their lives are a cycle of repetitions and restated experiences echoing impotent frustration and mindless obliviousness.

 

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Fafi D'Alour and The Delinquents

Members say: Enchanting, Sexy, Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying
84
Critics
88
3 reviews
Members
84
3 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This cabaret performance combines vocals with breathtaking movement in burlesque, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and aerial lyra.

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Welcome to an evening of exquisite acts and sensual titillation. A singer croons songs by powerful women in music such as Nina Simone, Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé, and Christina Aguilera as Fafi and her cohorts celebrate female empowerment through movement.

 

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Edgar Allan

Members say: Clever, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny
83
Critics
84
5 reviews
Members
83
38 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: The Coldharts present this dark musical comedy inspired by the childhood and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

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'Edgar Allan' follows 11-year-old Poe in his first year at Manor House School, as he seeks to gain academic ascendancy over the student body. All goes according to plan until another boy named Edgar Allan arrives in class, which complicates his schemes of dominance. 'Edgar Allan' is a darkly comedic and musical riff on the obsessions, mania, and insanity that haunted the life and work of America's first professional writer.

 

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Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting
85
Critics
84
6 reviews
Members
85
35 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This solo show explores the life of international superstar Josephine Baker through theater, song, and burlesque.

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Written for and performed by Tymisha Harris, 'Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play' won Best Show and Outstanding Solo Performance at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival. 

 

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6 Guitars

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Absorbing
86
Critics
90
4 reviews
Members
86
35 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: In this solo performance Chase Padgett becomes six different guitar players, each with his own distinct voice, views, and musical style.

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During this 85-minute show, the characters—ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87-year-old blues man—share their respective musical journeys through songs and stories.

 

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Shit, I'm in Love With You Again

Members say: Raunchy, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever
73
Critics
81
9 reviews
Members
73
21 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: Join Outstanding Canadian Comedy Award winner Rachelle Elie in her boisterous and bawdy musical romp through the multiple manifestations of love and relationships.

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From wide-eyed youthful idealism to the challenges of marriage and parenthood, this cheeky solo comedy pokes fun at everything from blue balls to birth and divorce. Original songs include 'Monogamy,' 'F*ck First,' 'I Want to Spank My Kids This Xmas,' and 'I’m Breaking Up With Jesus.'

 

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Macbeth Muet

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Delightful
88
Critics
86
7 reviews
Members
88
18 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This textless, two-actor adaptation of Shakespeare's classic draws on silent cinema and Grand Guignol traditions.

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Shakespeare's murderous couple cordially invite you to witness a hyper-speed rendition of their gruesome story, told entirely without words. Kings will die, nature itself will be twisted, and funny silent-film gestures will be made.

 

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The Kinsey Sicks: Things You Shouldn't Say

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great singing, Raunchy
83
Critics
84
5 reviews
Members
83
29 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This is the true story of four friends whose life-changing epiphany at a Bette Midler concert inspired them to form the dragapella beauty-shop quartet The Kinsey Sicks.

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The Kinsey Sicks were founded in an effort to find joy during the darkest days of the AIDS crisis. Now that the era of Trumpism is upon us, they’re sharing their funny, inspiring, and at times heartbreaking tale, and showing that hatred and deceit can be fought with humor and heart.

 

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Enterprise

Members say: Clever, Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Intelligent
73
Critics
76
11 reviews
Members
72
22 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This fast-paced and surreal workplace comedy is the brainchild of indie theater stalwart Brian Parks.

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With their large company suddenly on the brink of collapse, four panicking businesspeople make a desperate overnight attempt to save it–and their futures. Emergency proposals, email hacking, an animal sacrifice, a radical theory about the Ottoman Empire–will any of it work?

 

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Blamed: An Established Fiction

Members say: Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great singing
65
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
65
13 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This new work combines text, live music, and dance to examine the scapegoating of girls and women throughout mythology, history, and literature.

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Each culture seems to have one thing in common: a well-known tale in which a girl does something horrible, or is the victim of something horrible, which ruins everything and everyone around her. From Eve and Pandora to Lilith and La Llorona, 'Blamed' brings these women to life.

 

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Trippin

Members say: Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Absorbing
80
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
81
22 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This darkly comic play centers around a lost weekend warrior whose life takes a radical turn when he experiences a strange new drug.

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A nine-to-fiver named Dennis stumbles into the trip of a lifetime when he consumes 2CR-100, a mysterious new research chemical. Magic and adventure quickly ensue with sexy creatures of the wood, angry old bug ladies, the nation's favorite TV game show 'Crimebang,' and the big man Satan himself.

 

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Shell Shock

Members say: Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
76
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
75
12 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This new drama explores an ex-soldier’s struggle to adjust to civilian life following tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Based on the book ‘Shell Shock: The Diary of Tommy Atkins,’ it was adapted for stage by Tim Marriott. It mixes emotionally charged scenes with lighthearted observations of everyday life–a dreaded trip to Ikea, a seemingly mundane post office queue, and more.

 

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Mengele

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent
77
Critics
85
2 reviews
Members
77
29 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This drama examines the life of Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele.

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A beach in Brazil, 1979. An elderly man takes his routine morning swim. Out at sea he has a seizure and is washed ashore where he encounters a local woman, who he assumes has saved him. Flattered and entranced by this enigmatic presence, he is seduced into revealing himself. As he seeks to justify his life, he ultimately only succeeds in damning himself.

 

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Identity Crisis

Members say: Confusing, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Slow
67
Critics
69
10 reviews
Members
67
8 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: Actress Phina Oruche's autobiographical solo show explores the kind of identity struggles that are common to us all.

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Best known for her role as aloof supermodel Liberty Baker in the ITV drama 'Footballers’ Wives,' Oruche, now in her 40s, has started to question who she really is. Spending more than two decades of her life taking on other people’s identities—first as a New York fashion model and later as an award-winning TV actress—has taken its toll.

 

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Jimeoin: Ridiculous

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Raunchy
74
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
74
18 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: Irish stand-up comedian and actor Jimeoin comes to New York with his latest solo show, straight from the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Jimeoin's ever-evolving stand-up has earned him appearances on TV shows including 'Live at the Apollo,' 'The Royal Variety Performance,' and 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium.'

 

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