When: Fri., Aug. 19, 6 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 3 p.m. 2011
The Blizzard is short-attention span theatre at a breakneck pace--seriously, try not to get whiplash. An ensemble of five actors will be performing each piece in a spontaneous and random order selected by the audience (that's you). For even more fun, the performers will try to finish all 30 plays in under 60 minutes!
A Fringe staple added as a last-minute replacement (replacing A Cosmic Conundrum), Blizzard is a collection of micro-plays, most of them at least sort-of funny, a few impossibly clever, others gross-out, all of them lasting no longer than four minutes. Brisk and fun but lacking the occasional dramatic and autobiographical touches that make the Chicago-based play that helped originate this timed concept, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, such a magical, unpredictable experience (rather than purely a high-energy, sketch-comedy show). Performed by a tireless cast of five comfortable with consuming each other’s bodily fluids and responsible for writing most of the 30 plays. - Scott Shoger
Price: $5 backer button, $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 12