FALL ARTS: STAGE Anything is possible at the SF Fringe Festival
Fringe stalwarts Dark Porch Theatre return with what sounds like one of their most ambitious projects to date, StormStressLenz, a fractured remix of the works of J. M. R. Lenz, an 18th century German playwright of the little-referenced sturm und drang movement. Remounted in 30 small vignettes connected to one of six themes — love, tricks, conflict, sorrow, resolution, and reunion — the piece is said to be structured like a concert of chamber music, with director-translator Martin Schwartz as conductor. Davis Shakespeare Ensemble's Nightingale is a work of devised theater combining medieval and modern text, movement, shadow puppetry, and beat boxing; while performance artist Cara Rose DeFabio brings a follow-up to her 2012 multimedia piece She Was a Computer with After the Tone, a reflection on death, immortality, and technology with an audience participation component (hint: keep your cellphone on).
"This is my first Fringe, and I couldn't be more excited," DeFabio confides enthusiastically. "While at times it feels overwhelming, that abundance of choice and excitement is exactly what buoys the whole festival." *
SAN FRANCISCO FRINGE FESTIVAL
Sept. 6-21, $12.99 or less (passes, $40-75)
156 Eddy, SF