Even here, in the global capital of theater, the New York International Fringe Festival still manages to show us something new.
From Aug. 14-30, you can see dozens of new avant-garde plays, musicals, sketch comedy and more productions unlike anything on- or off-Broadway – and for the low price of $18 per show. (Or, because Metro is the official newspaper partner of the festival, sign up for Club Metro for a chance at a VIP pass.) FringeNYC is simply the best way for theatergoers to keep up with the new ideas and top performers shaking up the art world.
With over 200 shows, there’s something for everyone — but also impossible to see them all. We scoped out the productions ourselves, then put an ear to the ground for the latest buzz. Based on our intel, here are five can’t-miss plays from the 19th annual FringeNYC.
You don’t need to be in NYC more than 10 minutes to realize that unbridled greed is all you need to succeed – intelligence, experience and talent be damned. Lisa Lewis’ newest play explores the dangers of blind ambition when two students compete for a prestigious grant given out by a less-than-moral professor. When sex, money and human dignity are just the start of what’s on barter, this dark new play forces all of us to take a long look at ourselves and ask what we’d give to get what we want.