Half the fun of planning your trip to the Tampa International Fringe Festival is reading the blurbs in the program guide, which in their most archetypal form hit all the Fringe hot buttons: pop references, subversive politics, sex, religious irreverence, LGBTQ-ish-ness, the Apocalypse, sex, and most of all, unabashed outrageousness. Here are five of my favorites.
Where We Go Together or the Flashlight Play
“FREE SHOW! MONEY SHALL NOT BE THE GREAT INHIBITOR! COME SEE US PERFORM THE TALES OF THE HONEYBEE AND THE BOOKWORM! ENDING CHANGES EVERY SHOW! CASH DONATIONS WELCOME. NO FUCKING COPS WHATSOEVER. FOLLOW THE GLOW STICKS. THE PASSWORD IS ‘MUNGY.’”
Carrie’s Little Lambs
“An episode of an American Christian children’s television show that makes certain to brainwash impressionable youngsters using energetic parables and catchy songs… With songs like Santa Serves Satan… you’re bound to catch the spirit!
Darkly Dandy’s Myth Mouth!
“…religion, addiction and social media obsession via spiraling, satirical tales concerning a junkie Persephone, space-pup Laika, virtual reality fixation and humanity’s premiere popinjay, Cha-Cha the Caveman…”
She Touched My Lemons
“We all hear the coming out stories. I was married I had kids…blah..blah..blah. Well this story is a bit different. This lesbian goes straight and wasn’t ready for what happens next. She meets a guy who she thinks is great, but he has a secret. A fruit fetish…”
Planet Hospice (a trip through planetary extinction)
“… Dr. Light makes balloon animals. He plays with puppets. He tells jokes about death and eternity and the Kardashians.”
Runners-up: Game of Thrones The Musical/The Complete Star Wars Saga (abridged)/Who, Me (because fandom and Fringe go together like Kirk and Spock); Beers About Songs (because beer and Fringe go together like beer and beer nuts); Roller Derby Saved My Soul (Because... roller derby)