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Dashboard Dramas IV

September 23rd at 6:00pm

TOTALLY SOLD OUT FOR 2017! A total Fringe sell-out in 2014/2015/2016, this intimate theatre experience puts you so close to the action, you can smell the actors’ breath...if you’re lucky! You’ll find yourself immersed in four, all-new, ten-minute plays as you rotate from one car to the next. Don’t miss this hilarious, heartwarming, weird, and – most of all – one-of-a-kind show. Only eight tickets per performance!

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Theatre

Geneseo Honors Recital

September 23rd at 6:00pm

Winners of the 2017 Honors Competition: Megan Petty, Joseph Tadros, Maria Floriano, Evelyn Welch, Katlyn Brooks, Erica Milliman, Noah Chichester, Nina Glodstein, and Brett Hammes.

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Lyric Theatre: Main Stage
  • Genre: Music

Mo-to-the-oncle

September 23rd at 6:00pm

Winner: Best Actress, 2017 Pittsburgh Fringe. There's a time and place for a monocle: 2017 and a Bronx high school are neither of them! MO-TO-THE-ONCLE is a solo comedy that follows the story of Detroit, Jr., a Bronx teenager who is forced to wear a monocle to school after his dad loses their vision insurance. "...Fast-paced and idiosyncratic enough to resemble a shorter, more socially conscious Wes Anderson film." –PITTSBURGH IN THE ROUND.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Comedy

The YellowJackets

September 23rd at 6:00pm

Founded in 1956 as a subset of the University of Rochester's Men’s Glee Club, the YellowJackets are Rochester’s oldest a cappella group. Besides the bright yellow blazers, what makes this team of young men so unique is its dedication to pursuing a variety of different musical styles. All in one concert, you might hear a 19th-century choral work, a Frank Sinatra standard, a gospel ballad, a Beatles favorite, a dreamy 90s boy band hit, and some Lady Gaga.

  • Length: 40 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Gibbs Street Main Stage
  • Genre: Music

Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv

September 23rd at 6:30pm

Nuts and Bolts is Rochester's longest-running, short-form improv troupe, making audiences laugh since 2000. This ensemble show is interactive, completely improvised comedy, where audience suggestions determine what happens on stage. The result is sometimes humorous, sometimes chaotic, but always entertaining!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Black Box Theatre
  • Genre: Comedy

Spy in the House of Men

September 23rd at 6:30pm

Transgender writer and performer Penny Sterling’s laugh-out-loud theatre engagement concludes its four-city summer tour here in Rochester. Deeply affecting and intimate, the award-winning SPY IN THE HOUSE OF MEN maps Penny's journey through a life-long coming-out process. Come see the show critics call “a hilarious, suspenseful, heart-stopping story” and “a compact evening’s entertainment that’s as funny as it is enlightening.”

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Geva Theatre Center: Fielding Stage
  • Genre: Theatre

Childhood/The Lottery

September 23rd at 7:00pm

Two virtuosic short plays: "Childhood" by Thornton Wilder (1960) and "The Lottery" (1948) by Shirley Jackson. In his provocative, sometimes chilling comedy, Wilder renders a child's-eye view of the grown-up world as pretense challenges the family to discard the traditional roles of parents and children. Described as one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature, Jackson's play speaks about people who blindly follow traditions without thinking of the consequences of those traditions.

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

Cirque du Fringe: Eclectic Attraction

September 23rd at 7:00pm

CIRQUE DU FRINGE: ECLECTIC ATTRACTION transforms the Spiegeltent into a strange, sexy, and hilarious journey exploring the depths of a lifelong romance – from a very unexpected point of view. Vaudevillian ringmasters Matt Morgan and Heidi Brucker Morgan are back with a fresh cast of performers, including foot jugglers, Chinese pole acrobats, a head-to-head balancing act, and original rock-classical fusion music. ECLECTIC ATTRACTION delivers thrills, laughs, and mind-bending physical feats. Prepare to be entertained.

  • Length: 90 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Close to the Edge

September 23rd at 7:00pm

America’s premiere Yes tribute band, Going for the One, will present a complete performance of Yes’ classic 1972 album, Close to the Edge. Featuring faculty and student guest performers from the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music, Yes’s cosmic and complex album will come to life with all the excitement and musical adventure of Yes in their prime.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall
  • Genre: Music

Dashboard Dramas IV

September 23rd at 7:00pm

TOTALLY SOLD OUT FOR 2017! A total Fringe sell-out in 2014/2015/2016, this intimate theatre experience puts you so close to the action, you can smell the actors’ breath...if you’re lucky! You’ll find yourself immersed in four, all-new, ten-minute plays as you rotate from one car to the next. Don’t miss this hilarious, heartwarming, weird, and – most of all – one-of-a-kind show. Only eight tickets per performance!

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Theatre

Mosaic Foundation

September 23rd at 7:00pm

With a style as unique as its members are diverse, Mosaic Foundation is forward-thinking reggae that stays true to the roots. Blending roots, ska, dub, dance-hall and beyond, Mosaic is an exploration in reggae that is pushed to its limits and sometimes spills over. With lyrics that inspire dancing in the moment and activate the mind in reflection, the songs encourage positivity, sustainable living, and community.

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Gibbs Street Main Stage
  • Genre: Music

RIT Improv

September 23rd at 7:00pm

Since 2007, RIT Improv has been making RIT and Rochester audiences laugh with free comedy shows, workshops, and events. This Fringe show features all three of RIT's main stage troupes: BrainWreck Improv, The Improvessionals, and Work in Progress. It's live theater that's 100% improvised, 100% free, and 100% funny!

  • Length: 180 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Comedy

Jackie Brown

September 23rd at 7:30pm

(R, 1997, Quentin Tarantino, 154 mins.)

A flight attendant (Pam Grier), caught between the FBI and an arms dealer, makes a play for a half a million dollars with the help of a bail bondsman (Rochester native and UR grad Robert Forster).

  • Length: 154 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Leo Crandall

September 23rd at 7:30pm

"Musical themes usually deal in some way with transcendence…that only asks that you let it transport you, which it does – with strange, old-rooted, sepia-toned, sometimes bewildering majesty.” –Nathan Turk, SYRACUSE NEW TIMES. "It’s powerful and moving…dark and oppressively beautiful, with Crandall showing substantial instrumental prowess." –Leicester Bangs. “Leo Crandall the Revelator: a fine aching blues voice with an ear for unusual, arrhythmic arrangements.” –Jeff Spevak, DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Bernunzio Uptown Music
  • Genre: Music

Songs in Stories

September 23rd at 7:30pm

Singer/songwriter Sean McGrath has performed in cafes, bars, and festivals all over Western New York, both in bands and as a solo performer. Influenced by artists like Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Paul Simon, and many more, his songs are often autobiographically based and range from light and fun to deep and heartfelt. After performing at last year's Fringe, he returns in 2017 to perform a selection of old and new songs.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Lyric Theatre: Cabaret Hall
  • Genre: Music

Wild Horses by Allison Gregory

September 23rd at 7:30pm

CenterStage Theatre of the JCC presents a National New Play Network's Rolling World Premiere of WILD HORSES by award-winning playwright Allison Gregory. Savagely funny and packed with an emotional punch, a woman takes us on the ride of her life as she explores her teenage self and the transformative summer that forever changed her. The music of the 1970s serves as a background for this universal tale of the search for identity, independence, and authenticity in a complex world.

  • Length: 90 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: The DS Comedy Club
  • Genre: Theatre

David Jacobs Presents: "Halfway Home"

September 23rd at 8:00pm

David Jacobs is very confused. Is he a Jew? Is he a Protestant? Or is he just outspoken and repressed all at once? In HALFWAY HOME, Jacobs invites us on a journey of identity and self-discovery in 21st-Century America. Part Larry David, part Garrison Keillor, all himself, actor/storyteller David Jacobs takes us on the ride of his life.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Theatre

EstroFest Comedy: Cinderella, Sci-Fi & Drones

September 23rd at 8:00pm

Popular sketch-comedy troupe EstroFest blends original and hilarious live sketches with outrageous videos. “EstroFest was a blast!” said CITY Newspaper's Frank De Blase about last year’s Fringe show, writing in his review: “I and the sold-out crowd snorted, guffawed, chortled, busted up, cracked up, and laughed our heads off.” EstroFest, often compared to SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (but funnier), is Dresden Engle, Andrea Holland, Norma Holland, Allison Roberts, and Freyda Schneider. "Laugh with us!"

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Geva Theatre Center: Fielding Stage
  • Genre: Comedy

Foreigners

September 23rd at 8:00pm

FOREIGNERS tackles the theme of love in two one-act plays by Candide Carrasco. Both plays are set in Chapel Hill, NC. “Night Passengers” is an inside look at the mating dance between an older French woman and a UNC sophomore. "Finally Home" follows a transplanted woman from Rochester, who has left her husband of 27 years for another woman, in her search for a home.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Black Box Theatre
  • Genre: Theatre

Norm & the Outliers

September 23rd at 8:00pm

Norm & the Outliers is a jazz group composed of four musicians (none of whom is named "Norm," by the way) who also happen to be professors in the diverse fields of medicine, mathematics, and interactive games & media from both UR and RIT. The quartet's performances seek to bring audiences inspiration, excitement, emotional depth, humor, and, most of all, an overwhelming feeling of how great it is to be alive.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Café
  • Genre: Music

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