The circus of the phenomenon called the Beastie Boys will also receive theatrical treatment, in ERIN ENBERG's Boys of Beast (a Late Night show), based on their unofficial biography, and including reminiscing by the Beastie Boys, Girls, and Wives. Somewhat more of a hero of American music, perhaps, is honored in RANDY NOOJIN's Hard Travelin' With Woody, a tribute to the great workingman's songster Woody Guthrie. And another portrait comes in JANET LYNCH's Love's Sweet Song, in which the actress-singer-fiddler pays musical homage to James Joyce's famous concert singer Molly Bloom.
Other musicals and music-oriented shows include Depression: The Musical, MARIANNE PILLSBURY's pop-rock dark-humorous story of learning to live with depression; and a live modernist quartet will accompany the "spoken-word opera" Transport, by PENCIL AND PAPER PRODUCTIONS (in which this writer is a collaborator). Finally, ZANY HIJINX PRODUCTIONS revives its exhilarating production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the rock opera two-hander about one German's weird rock-and-roll trajectory.
Several one-man shows are also in the line-up, such as JIMMY GRZELAK's satirical How to Be a Terrorist, an event with music and scary stories. Another is prodigious young actor DYLAN CHESTNUTT's This Skin, a real-time exploration of the interior world of a 17-year-old boy and his relationship with the outside world, via storytelling, dance, and confessions. In wackier PF-13 premise, NICHOLAS ROBICHAUD presents I Can Also Be Very Cruel: A Dramatic Reinterpretation of The Labyrinth, a Late Night show in which songs and interpretive dance recreate the film that featured David Bowie and his Spandex-ed package. And on a darker, serious note comes Crossing the Rapelands, a travelogue recalling a fateful 1970s hitchhiking trip by the playwright, the prolific local activist writer CAROLYN GAGE.
Two local playwrights' groups also have a presence in PF-13: Members of the CROWBAIT CLUB, a group that meets monthly to act out new 10-minute plays, perform The Juicy Bits, selected readings From Celebrity Autobiographies; while Divided By Four includes new short plays by members of PLAYWRIGHTS CIRCLE's Kathy Hooke, Patricia Mew, Jefferson Navicky, and Howard Rosenfield.
From new works we turn to classics and even ancients: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER (a Phoenix staffer) and COREY GAGNE pay homage to and tweak Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape while directing each other in Our Last Tapes; and HORN AND IVORY PRODUCTIONS interprets Hans Christian Andersen's story about a writer whose shadow leaves him to become his own man. Reaching even farther back, THEATER TARTARE performs Christopher Fry's A Phoenix Too Frequent, a retelling of an ancient Greek tale of a widow's reawakening; and storyteller LYNNE CULLEN and composer KURT KISH tell The Adventures of Thor and Loki with "Black/Folk Metal" accompaniment.
Finally, what would PortFringe be without a little depraved humor? For that fix, the Late Night offering Spandex Diaries: My Stretchy Truths, a one-man stand-up/improv/musical cabaret from MICHAEL WOOD looks promising. And this year's best bet for bad taste comes from the MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY THEATRE COMPANY, who last year brought us Sex, a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs: This year, they'll regale us with the tale of Mr. Marmalade, an imaginary friend with anger and cocaine issues and "a penchant for pornography and very long dildos." WHOTK?
To get in on some of that action, PortFringe-goers should note that ticketing for all PF-13 events works on an all-rush, all cash passholder system; patrons can purchase one-show or multiple-show passes (on to-be-announced advance box office days, or at any show's box office before curtain) but tickets for specific shows cannot be purchased or reserved in advance. This means that if you've got your heart set on seeing heavy-metal Thor, improvised puppet zombies, or anything else, you'll want to step early into the queue of your chosen one. ^