Stage Door: Fringe. Fringe. Fringe!

I have three words for you regarding theater-going this weekend: Fringe. Fringe. Fringe.

If you haven't dropped in yet for this stimulating festival of push-the-envelope performances, you're missing out on the greatest dose of annual creativity that we get here in Cincinnati. And a lot of your friends have already caught on: Fringe Producer Eric Vosmeier tells me that as of Thursday they've hit their ticket goal for the entire festival ... and there are still two more days to go!—-

So which of the 30 or so shows should you see? The best way to figure that out is to go to CityBeat's Fringe page (here), where you'll find reviews of every production that's opened. If you want comedy, it's hard to beat 7(x1) Samurai, but April Fools will give it a run for its money. Want something more serious? Try The Edge or Gravesongs. And if you're willing to venture into areas that aren't so easy to categorize, then check out Empire of Feathers or It Might Be OK or maybe The Success Show.

There's something for everyone's taste, and if you don't like what you're seeing, well, it's probably no more than an hour long, so if you start early you'll still have the opportunity to catch one or two more performances. For times and locations (mostly throughout Over-the-Rhine), go to But get out there and have fun — our theater scene is quieter than usual this summer, so you should stock up now.

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