— It’s big, it’s b-a-a-d, it’s more beautiful than ever. Washington, get ready for the 3-peat of Capital Fringe’s takeover of your July calendar. For the first time, the Fringe has a home – they call it Fort Fringe, a former Italian restaurant tricked out with a gorgeous outdoor performing space under tents. It’s Fringe box office and party central at 607 New York Avenue NW.
Julianne Brienza, co-founder and true spirit of the Fringe, told us Capital Fringe returns more revenue from ticket and button sales to the artists than any other U.S. festival. So don’t gripe that you have to spend $5 for a one-time festival button to get into your shows. Even though you have a ticket in your hand. Even though you’re a friend of the performer. Still need to have and wear the button.
You’ve got 18 days this time to see 104 acts, and we’ve got 15 writers covering, like, 90 of them. Seriously. We’ll have a 5 point likeability scale. We call them the Bandaccinos in honor of those Fringe tents.
So if you’re unsure what to see, or want to sound off on what you’ve already seen, check back here.
We’ll see you at the Fringe.
— And the Source Festival (now thru July 13)
— And the Hip-Hop Festival. (July 8 – 12)
— And the Contemporary American Theatre Festival (July 9 – August 3)
And the 13 other shows opening this month around town.