Fringe Festival

These Fringe Festival shows have intriguing possibilities

Updated: 2013-07-18T14:55:33Z

By ROBERT TRUSSELL

The Kansas City Star

Based on the track records of presenters and artists — or maybe just the possibility of memorable weirdness — we direct your attention to some promising KC Fringe offerings:

• “The Submarine Show,” six performances beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main St. Jaron Aviv Hollander and Slater Brooks Penney of the Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland, Calif., perform a comic clown show about two men who take a wild journey after crashing their submarine at the bottom of the sea.

• “Poetic Underground,” six performances starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway. Each show is a poetry slam featuring a different lineup of spoken-word performers.

• “Outta Beer and Outta Space (A Redneck Galactic Adventure),” five performances beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St. Theatergoers may know Forrest Attaway as an actor, but he’s also a playwright. In this lighthearted offering, two good ole boys from east Texas in search of more beer are abducted by aliens.

• “A Solitary Choice,” six performances beginning at 9 p.m. Friday at the MET. Australian Tamara Lee’s one-woman show explores choices that can inspire passion and fear.

• “Tormenta Quixotica,” six shows starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, 500 W. Pershing Road. This 90-minute presentation depicts two children separated by a storm who encounter a world of aerialists, acrobats and dancers.

• “Long Live the King,” five performances beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the MET. Ansuya Nathan of Australia writes and performs a piece about a young Indian couple arriving in Adelaide on the day Elvis Presley died. An assimilation fable punctuated with music of the King. Directed by Guy Masterson.

• Kansas City Independent Filmmakers Coalition, three presentations beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Screenland Crown Center. This 90-minute compilation features short films by IFC members.

• “The Concept of Anxiety,” five performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Uptown Arts Bar. Phillip Low of Maximum Verbosity is a regular visitor to KC Fringe. In this piece the performer/playwright from the Twin Cities presents a “macabre cabaret of scientific geekery.”

• “Bedtime Solos” by Jakob Holder, five performances beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday at the MET. Directed by Bob Paisley, with Amy Kelly and Jordan Fox. Dreams intermingle with reality as a young couple discover that passion and isolation can coexist.

• “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein,” six shows starting at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fishtank, 1715 Wyandotte St. Silverstein gained fame as a cartoonist and songwriter, but he also wrote plays.

This anthology of his short works is directed by Heidi Van. Featuring Katie Gilchrist, Annie Cherry, Pete Bakely, Jake Walker and the Fishtank interns.

For a complete schedule, go to KCFringe.org.

To reach Robert Trussell, call 816-234-4765 or send email to rtrussell@kcstar.com.

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