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Ex-Interpol Bassist Carlos Dengler Monkeys Around With a One Man Show

(Photo courtesy of Carlos Dengler)

(Photo courtesy of Carlos Dengler)

There’s a singular, surreal, and very memorable moment invoked by Carlos Dengler in his new solo stage production Homo Sapiens Interruptus (the last performance, part of the FringeNYC festival is tonight, 9:30 pm at 64E4 Underground in the East Village).

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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: Baby Hubris

At some point in “Baby Hubris,” an “overworked single mom takes Dr. Spock’s ghost as her personal guru.” According to writer Jacqui Rêgo, the play takes on “dating in NYC, a backlash against hipster hook-up culture, and confronts in tender expletives (not an oxymoron I promise) double standards of female sexuality.”

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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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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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The 15 People You’ll Meet at Fringe Festival (Starting With Tom Cruise)

tomkatWith over 200 companies clamoring for attention at New York International Fringe Festival, it can be super tough to decide which of the 1,200+ performances to attend. But one thing’s for sure: gimmicks help a production stand out, and there’s no better gimmick (or “plot device,” if you prefer) than using a celebrity, dead author, or an Austrian shrink or two as your subject matter. Here now are 15 people who are serving as fodder for some of this year’s standout productions — from deities to Wilhelm Reich to a singing Sigmund Freud.
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