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FringeNYC: Van Gogh Fuck Yourself

“Van Gogh Fuck Yourself” promises a lot. Specifically from it’s description, “the truth behind Vincent, the ear, his death, and his sacrifice for humanity’s sake.” Working in the play’s favor (beyond a convincingly ginger-looking Walter Michael DeForest playing Van Gogh) is a script adapted from letters exchanged between Vincent and his brother Theo and the Memoirs of Vincent’s stay in Auvers-sur-Oise by Adeline Ravoux.

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FringeNYC: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again

In the wake of the latest wave of David Foster Wallace fever comes “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,” adapted from DFW’s essay of the same name. The show sees DFW, played by Christopher Duva, aboard an “insanity-producing pampering” cruise as he navigates the social awkwardness that comes with being luxuriously trapped among strangers at sea. For the die-hard skeptics among you, it’s worth noting the show has been produced with permission from the late author’s literary trust.

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FringeNYC: DEX! A Killer Musical, The unauthorized parody of DEXTER

If sitting through the final season of Dexter wasn’t torture enough, imagine all eight seasons crammed into a two-hour musical. Presenting “DEX! A Killer Musical, The unauthorized parody of DEXTER,” adapted by Joe Schermann from a book by Erika Jenko. In this sort of art imitating life, imitating art Mobius script, an actor plays the actor Michael C. Hall acting out scenes to the Dexter finale as chaos of meta-proportions ensues.

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What Would Make Someone Say ‘I Want to Kill Lena Dunham’?

Sure, there’s such a thing as too many Lenas — but, come on: what would drive someone to say, “I want to kill Lena Dunham?”

That’s the provocative title of one of the pop-culture-inspired productions at this year’s Fringe Festival. The ominous threat serves as a canary in the coalmine of modern American culture — an attempt at an artistic antidote to the whimsical Williamsburg of Dunham’s Girls.

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9 Pop Culture Homages at Fringe Festival, From Lena Dunham to Patrick Bateman

Baby Hubris (photo: babyhubris.com)

Jacqui Rêgo (Photo by Bailey Carr)

Next week thousands of theater patrons will once again descend on Lower Manhattan for the 19th annual NYC Fringe Festival. “Fringe theater” usually denotes plays located on the edge of something (the mainstream, the city, a performer’s sanity). With 200 shows on offer, several seem to occupy the fringe between high culture and low, floating somewhere between stage, screen and page. These nine offer you the chance to Kill Dunham, Channel Spock and “Van Gogh Fuck Yourself.”

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‘Whiskey Pants’ Operetta Envisions a Perma-Sloshed Williamsburg

"Whiskey Pants: the Mayor of Williamsburg" (Photo: Mind The Art Entertainment)

“Whiskey Pants: the Mayor of Williamsburg” (Photo: Ze’ Castle Photography )

Frigid Festival quickly approacheth. Starting February 18, the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks will be hosting three full weeks chock full of against-the-grain theatre. This year, Frigid will host exactly 30 plays, operettas, and hybrid productions, which is plenty of theater to keep you busy.

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