Review: 2012 New Orleans Fringe Festival | bestofneworleans.com

The New Orleans Fringe Festival included both conventional and unconventional theatrical productions, but some of the weekend’s great pleasures came from some of the fringiest moments. The scruffy contortionist/illusionist duo Button Wagon opened Trash Rabbit, a show full of gun-toting and references to living in poverty, by asking the audience to rise for the national anthem, which they delivered somewhat conventionally and brilliantly. Outdoors in City Park, the hilariously snide drag queen narrator in The Vanities of the Poor had no sympathy for Death, informing the distraught Reaper that his bar was not hiring. New York’s Freefall company performed its compellingly odd dance/performance art ode to hotel room trysts (lie, lay, laid) in a tiny hotel room with a twin-size bed and only enough room for 10 spectators.

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