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Charm City Fringe Festival 2017

DC Metro Theater Arts presents coverage of the Charm City Fringe Festival 2017. Charm City Fringe is Baltimore’s largest independent theatre and performing arts festival. A hub for Fringe arts. Our coverage of Charm City Fringe is sponsored by Lexington Market.

This year Charm City Fringe announces the largest number of performances since the annual festival’s inception six years ago. Charm City Fringe will present 25 shows and more than 90 performances during the 11-day festival, which this year moves to a centralized two-block campus in the Bromo Arts District and stretches over two full weekends from November 2 to 12.

Charm City Fringe features performers from all over the North America, who will come to Baltimore to present new and experimental work. This year’s shows include a thriller on roller skates, a rock opera, and a one-person show starring “All Things Considered” host Emil Guillermo. Check out Charm City Fringe’s full artist line-up here.

Never been to Fringe before? Check this out: Sixth Annual Charm City Fringe Festival: What It Is, How It Works

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Review: ‘Childish Things’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

Hamlet Cooper is an archaeologist. In Childish Things, they use real artifacts from their childhood to recreate scenes which take the audience back to ages six, twelve, thirteen. Cooper always wanted to be a singer and actor and, with this piece, they have achieved that goal. At the beginning of Childish Things, Hamlet Cooper asked […]

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Interview: ‘Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth!’ Creator and Performance Artist Neil Arthur James at Charm City Fringe Festival

It’s a bit of an understatement that Fringe festivals lead you to encounter some very interesting people. Every now and then you run into a kindred spirit, as I did when I was getting ready to see another show at the Sixth Annual Charm City Fringe Festival. Brooklyn-based performance artist and storyteller Neil Arthur James […]

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Review: ‘The Structure of Us’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

The last time I was in NYC, I visited the Rubin Museum; there was an that exhibit allowed you to listen to different Buddhist chants representing performances of ceremonies marking various transitions in life. The Structure of Us, performed and created by dancer/artists Kitty Hubbard, Tammy Carrasco, and Brandon Whited, takes on a meditative quality […]

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Review: ‘NDE’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

NDE, directed by Nikoo Mamdoohi and produced by the Vahee Art Collective, is an immersive theatre experience about near death experiences, which are described here as, “an unusual and personal encounter taking place on the brink of death, and later recounted by a person after recovery.” This is a powerful devised play which speaks to […]

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Review: ‘The Pink Hulk’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

The Pink Hulk, written and performed by Valerie David and directed by Padraic Lillis, with artwork by Rebecca Kalant, is not your typical sad cancer story. After surviving lymphoma and breast cancer, Valerie decided to create The Pink Hulk to share her experiences with both types of cancer. The material of the play largely focuses […]

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Review: ‘Barriers’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

Barriers, conceived by Trajectory Dance Project, a Baltimore-based dance ensemble, is a beautiful series of five pieces focusing on human connections, and how those connections can break down: barriers to community, barriers to interpersonal interconnectiveness, barriers to understanding ourselves. The performance opened with a piece titled Barriers, allowing the company — Nasir David Powell, Maria del […]

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Review: ‘Clinically Happy’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

“It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.” — Naomi Shihab Nye, “So Much Happiness” If there’s anything other people feel entitled to explain to you, it’s your own happiness: what you need to do to be happier, why you have to be happier, what your unhappiness may be responsible for, […]

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Review: ‘Godly Chaos’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

Oh, gosh. What to say about Godly Chaos? This show, produced by QuaQuaQua, is highly ambitious. It takes place, primarily, on a large screen where the movements of the artist/actor are captured in a technologically mysterious void and projected for the audience. I read that Wii controllers were involved, but I didn’t see them, so […]

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Review: ‘The Big Thank You’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

“and I mean, though often forget, to give thanks, to faint down by the kitchen table in a prayer of rejoicing” — Anne Sexton, “Welcome Morning” Every day for a year, playwright Alan Kreizenbeck posted a thank you on Facebook. Sometimes to an individual, sometimes to an intangible (for instance, thanking traffic for being the worst), […]

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Review: ‘Don’t Come In’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

It’s best to start with the description of Don’t Come In from the catalog: Love is scary. And it just might kill you. Stubborn lovers Em and Missy, unable to express their true feelings for one another, are haunted by the demon Intimacy. The more they try to ignore it, the stronger Intimacy becomes. Intimacy may […]

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