The 2018 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival runs through Sept. 22, with over 500 events showing in more than 20 venues across the region.
“Mademoiselle Petit Pas teaches dance and other passions” will tell the story of those who have no voice in modern America at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 and 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St., Rochester.
The original play will showcase immigrants, the disenfranchised, children and dreamers. Tickets cost $12.
Main Street Players will present “Fairy Tale Ending: The Big Bad Family Musical” at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 and 11 a.m. on Sept. 16 at School of the Arts, 45 Prince St., Rochester. Tickets cost $10.
A young girl will come to grips with loss and the reality of growing up in this musical filled with popular fairy tale characters. “The Big Bad Family Musical,” written by Kieren MacMillan, is directed by Terry Fyke and Kayla Hunter Yen with musical direction by Susan Dantoni.
“Fielder’s Choice” by David Andreatta will launch a three-show run at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 and 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at School of the Arts.
The play follows a man and his son as they attempt to rejuvenate their strained relationship by reviving a dormant tradition of visiting Major League ballparks. The father will face a choice when trouble at home with his wife and stepson threatens the trip, leading him to question his concepts about love, loyalty and family.
“Fielder’s Choice” stars Andreatta; his 11-year-old son, Owen; and Kevin Plinzke. Tickets cost $12.
“Mo-to-the-oncle” will return at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 and 4 p.m. on Sept. 16 at School of the Arts. The solo comedy depicts a Bronx teenager who has to wear a monocle to school after his dad loses their vision insurance.
The story unfolds through a series of monologues performed by writer Melissa Cole, who uses costume changes to transform herself into different characters. Tickets cost $15.
“Some actors might lose or gain a ton of weight for a special role, but my secret ‘method’ is to keep switching wigs,” Cole said. “I call it the ‘Daniel Day-Lewis approach.’”
EstroFest Comedy will celebrate its 20th anniversary with four shows at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester: 8 p.m. on Sept. 15 and Sept. 22, 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 and 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. Tickets cost $20.
The all-female sketch-comedy troupe is Dresden Engle, of Penfield; Andrea Holland and Norma Holland, of Irondequoit; Allison Roberts, of Rochester; and Freyda Schneider, of Pittsford. This year’s male guest is actor Rick Staropoli.
“Jesus was No Sissy” by Kelli Dunham will premiere at 10 p.m. on Sept. 15 and 3 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Writers and Books, 740 University Ave., Rochester. Tickets cost $10.
The comedy follows what happens when a good Christian girl who might actually be a boy inside learns everything about masculinity and femininity through The Lord’s Boot Camp, Christian finishing school and a subscription to the Sugar Creek Gang series of Christian fiction.
“The Kitchen Revue and Other Enticing Treats” will allow audiences to witness the dancing merriment and mischief of kitchen utensils as they simmer through Bohuslav Martinu’s jazzy score at 1 p.m. on Sept. 16 and 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at School of the Arts.
A musical performance of Roald Dahl’s “Dirty Beasts” will follow with narrative performance by James VanDemark. The event will end with the premiere of “It All Boils Down,” choreographed by Anne Harris Wilcox to Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano.
Victoria Visiko will produce and direct “Whispering Inhibitions” at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 and 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester.
The one-act play is about Lara Brelle, an award-winning New York City actor, playwright, director and producer, and her life from the 1970s to the present. Flashbacks and current realities show moments of darkness, psychological breakdowns, sexual abuses, joy and enlightenment.
“Whispering Intentions” is based on a true story, mixed with a scattering of fiction to enhance the overall storyline.
Musician and comedian Matt Griffo will present “Holy $#!% It’s Music & Comedy” from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 22 in Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music, 433 E. Main St., Rochester. The show seeks to remind audiences to enjoy themselves and embrace life before they die. Griffo will perform original songs and pay homage to famous pianists and composers.
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