After masking Tampa International Fringe Festival (TIFF) for 5 years, I’ve a system. My TIFF begins per week or two earlier than the official begin date. I search my emails for press releases, discover the pageant web site, and scroll down Tampa Fringe’s Fb web page on the lookout for tasty TIFF morsels to share with readers.
Tampa Fringe—set for July 28-Aug. 7 at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City—features 22 shows this year, together with comedies, musicals, cabaret, storytelling, magic, drama, horror and satire. For perennial Fringe followers like myself, the purpose is to see as many as attainable earlier than crashing.
Don’t have time to see all of them? We hope our listing of 10 reveals we are able to’t wait to see at Tampa Fringe helps you discover one thing that matches into your schedule.
Tampa Worldwide Fringe Pageant July 28-Aug. 7. $10-13/present or $250 all entry. Hillsborough Neighborhood School Ybor Metropolis Campus Performing Arts Constructing. 2112 N fifteenth St., Tampa. tampafringe.org
Into the Evening Theatre Distinctive tells the story of Benny Fallon, a younger man with Down syndrome whose desires go unnoticed by the general public round him. Security Harbor actor Ryan Prince, who performs Fallon, additionally has Down Syndrome. “As soon as I learn the story, it was like me,” Prince advised Bay Information 9. Award-winning Tampa actress Nicole Jeannine Smith performs Fallon’s mom within the play. For followers of coming-of-age tales, inclusivity, and studying about people who find themselves completely different from them. Saturday, July 30, 3:15 p.m.; Sunday, July 31, 8 p.m.; Mon. Aug. 1, 8:45 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 6, 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m. $10. Studio
Unusual Women Tampenos Bridget Bean, Laila Lee, Daybreak Truax and Madison LeVine star in “Strange Girls,” a present for followers of horror and comedy. “The Unusual Women Undertaking presents 4 disturbing tales of obsession that includes girls who, though a bit warped, are simply longing to belong to one thing—irrespective of the associated fee,” the present’s creators, Bean and Truax, wrote. Thursday, July 28, 8:45 p.m.; Friday, July 29, 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, 7:15 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 4, 8:45 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 6, 4:30 p.m. $12. The Coop
Vincerò: The Italian Opera Expertise Starring vocalists Diana Silova, Germán Gholami, Asuka Uchida, and Natalja Sticco, with a visitor look by Clearwater guitarist Greg Smith. Ascend Classical’s “Vincerò” performs like a medley of the world’s most beloved Italian arias. It’s possible you’ll not know the songs’ names, however you may in all probability acknowledge the melodies on this concert-style efficiency. The present received Choose of the Fringe when it premiered at Hollywood Fringe in June 2022. At $12 a ticket, that is probably the most accessible award-winning opera live performance you may ever see. Friday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 7, 6:15 p.m. $12. Rehearsal Corridor
Going to the High Lutz’s Matthew Belopavlovich premieres his new one-act romance. Impressed by actual occasions within the ‘70s and ‘80s, follows homosexual couple Thomas and James as they navigate discrimination and uncover the facility of neighborhood. Really helpful for followers of LGBTQ romance. Thursday, July 28, 9:45 p.m.; Friday, July 29, 9 p.m.; Sunday, July 31, 3:30 p.m.; Wed. Aug. 3, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 7, 3:30 p.m. $10. Studio
Oh Gasparella! Amidst all of the articles questioning whether or not or not José Gaspar, Gasparilla’s namesake pirate, ever existed, St. Pete-based musician and composer Tom Sivak asks a distinct query: What if Gaspar was a lady? “Oh Gasparella!” a musical fairy story written by Sivak and directed by Stageworks’ Karla Hartley, is certain to inform Tampa’s faux pirate legend in a method you’ve by no means heard it earlier than. Friday, July 29, 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, 2:45 p.m.; Sunday, July 31, 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 9 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 7, 12 p.m. $10. Rehearsal Corridor
Spooky & Homosexual Cabaret It’s simply not Fringe and not using a cabaret act. There are three this yr, and I hope to see all of them. “Spooky & Homosexual” comes from award-winning Orlando-based playwright and performer, Bruce Ryan Costella, who describes the present as, “a queer horror storytelling cabaret.” Based on Orlando Weekly’s Seth Kubersky, who reviewed the present at Orlando Fringe, the present contains a suburban legend, a tribute to the phantoms of homosexual bars previous, a number of impressions and no less than one amusing authentic tune. Friday, Aug. 5, 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 6, 10 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 7, 6:15 p.m. $13. The Coop
Cannonball Cabaret Tampa Bay’s Cannonball Cabaret describes itself as a “classic vaudeville cabaret firm.” For these unfamiliar with vaudeville, it’s finest described as a spread present the place something can occur—tune and dance, comedy, circus acts. The group charges their performances from PG-13 to R(isque). I’m hoping for the latter. Most of these acts are Fringe staples, so in the event you’ve by no means fringed earlier than, you need to positively test this one out. In the event you’re a Fringe professional, this present might be already in your listing. Saturday, July 30, 9 p.m.; Sunday, July 31, 4 p.m.; Mon. Aug. 1, 7 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 4, 10:15 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 7, 7:45 p.m. $10. Rehearsal Corridor
Vulva Va-Voom: Hollywood Psychic for the Golden Age Neo-vaudeville cabaret performer Vulva Va-Voom returns with “Hollywood Psychic for the Golden Age.” This yr, she provides a brand new supernatural expertise to the standard tune and dance—contacting the spirits of long-gone Hollywood stars and starlets. “In Vulva’s signature ‘very a lot R-rated’ model, count on horny seances, cerebral historic trivialities, and extremely inappropriate song-and-dance numbers,” the official blurb reads. “Will anybody (other than diehard cinephiles and Turner Traditional Films subscribers) catch half of Vulva’s obscure references? Completely not. That’s the place the sophomoric jokes, low-cut brassieres, and booty shorts are available.” Friday, July 29, 10:15 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, 8:45 p.m.; Sunday, July 31, 4:45 p.m.; Wed. Aug. 3, 9:45 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 6, 6:45 p.m. $10. Studio
Tithonia: A Lesbian House Opera Typically I solely must learn a present’s title to know that it’s for me, and that’s the case right here. I’m not an enormous fan of mainstream opera, however a lesbian area opera from Asheville, North Carolina…nicely, that’s a distinct story. I do know, I do know. A homosexual sci-fi musical won’t enchantment to everybody, nevertheless it’s positively my form of Fringe present. You don’t have to return see this present with me, however I’m going to wish you to no less than learn their superb blurb: “Traverse the galaxy aboard the Starship Tithonia with a morally upright – and uptight – captain and a lovable mechanic in a brand new, authentic musical from Skysail Theatre. Trapped in a malfunctioning spaceship with an Synthetic Intelligence interface gone rogue, our protagonists’ survival expertise and budding romance are put to the last word take a look at. Unique music, a romantic comedy of errors, and a race towards time come collectively to create a narrative that soars past the celebs. Introducing a musical for the ages – Tithonia: A Lesbian House Opera.” Thursday, Aug 4, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 6, 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 7, 1:45 p.m. $10. Studio
El Diablo of the Playing cards This Brazilian card act is racking up awards everywhere in the world. Finest Solo Present at Storefront Fringe in 2017, Finest Performer Award at Swindon Fringe in 2018, Choose of the Fringe at Halifax Fringe in 2019, and Viewers Selection on the Kansas Metropolis Fringe in 2020. If somebody can win this many awards enjoying with playing cards for an hour, nicely, I’ve bought to see that. Friday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 6, 3:15 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 7, 4:45 p.m. $10. Studio