We’re one week in to the New York International Fringe Festival with one more week to go. With 202 plays and musicals of all varieties from all over the world (and with tickets costing a mere $15) there’s something for everyone at FringeNYC. Here are some of Theatre Is Easy’s favorites so far.

The Boy In the Basement: calls itself a “live action romance novel.” It’s campy and sarcastic but not over the top, the story is entertaining, and the performances are well-done. Read the full Theatre Is Easy review here. Show times are Thursday, August 21st at 11:45pm; Saturday, August 23rd at 10pm. Visit theboyinthebasement.com for more info.

Down Around Brown Town: commemorates the music of James Brown with a dancing and singing extravaganza. Read the full Theatre Is Easy review here. Show times are Saturday, August 16th at 4:45pm; Sunday, August 17th at noon. Visit fullamo-productions.info for more info.

Kansas City or Along the Way: a sweet love story in 1930s Ohio, with original folk music inspired by Woodie Guthrie. It’s extremely well-executed and the storytelling technique is honest and sincere. The addition of the music (which is quite good) gives the piece extra substance. Theatre Is Easy review will post Sunday. Show times are Sunday, August 17th at 2:30pm; Monday, August 18th at 7:45pm; Thursday, August 21st at 7:45pm; Saturday, August 23rd at 9:45pm. Visit disgracedproductions.com for more info.

Murder of the Seas: a fun, tongue-in-cheek murder mystery on a cruise ship…and it’s a one-man show. Read the Theatre Is Easy review here. Show times are Sunday, August 17th at 7pm; Friday, August 22nd at 10pm; Sunday, August 24th at noon. Visit fringenyc.org for more info.

Love is Dead: bills itself as a necromantic musical comedy. It’s a smart, and fully, albeit creepy since it’s about a mortician who has sex with female murder victims. Read the Theatre Is Easy review here. The bad news is, Love is Dead has already closed so you can’t see it this time around. But it was great and we’re hoping it gets another chance to perform…if it does, check it out!

For all FringeNYC related information including venue guides, show listings and search options, visit their website at fringenyc.org. The festival closes on August 24th so go see some great new theatre now while you still can.

About the Author

Molly Marinik

Molly Marinik is a dramaturg and a director with a dance background. She is also passionate about developing new audiences of theatergoers. Molly is the founder and editor of Theatre Is Easy (theasy.com) a comprehensive website dedicated to providing accessible information about the New York theatre scene. BS in Visual Communication from Ohio University; currently pursuing a MA in Theatre History and Criticism at Brooklyn College. She's also sassier than her bio would lead you to believe.

View All Articles