The 76th Edinburgh Festival Fringe is underway, a month-long festival that this year is presenting more than 3,500 shows – which might be intimidating for those theatergoers who have traveled to Edinburgh, but feels like a missed opportunities to those of who have stayed home.
There are however, some fifty Fringe shows that you can watch online – most of them on demand at any time, five of them streaming live at specific times.
Here is the full list of them.
Below are ten that seem of particular interest to New York theatergoers (or at least this New York theatergoer.)
A FREE panel discussion with eight New York City-based theater artists on their experience in mounting a show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021. Several of their shows are available online:
Jessica Sherr (“Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies,” 75 minutes)
Sarah Norris (“Hitler’s Tasters”)
Ralph Lewis & Barbara Yoshida of Peculiar Works Project (“Language Games,” 20 minutes)
Melissa Center (” Marrying Jake Gyllenhaal,” which I reviewed.)
Crystal Skillman & Megan Hill (“Open”)
Peter Michael Marino (“Planet of the Grapes,” 60 minutes)
Tlaloc Rivas (“The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano,” which I reviewed.)
Sarah Lazarus (“A Sip With Vodka,” 25 minutes)
Call Mr Robeson – A Life, with Songs (105 minutes)
Tayo Aluko, a Nigerian-born British actor and singer,
performs this solo show about the great American actor, singer, outspoken activist and hounded radical Paul Robeson.
Just An Ordinary Lawyer (85 minutes)
Aluko’s performance as Robeson led me to his other solo show about a famous figure: As the British Empire struggles to keep its colonial possessions, Nigerian lawyer Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first Black judge.
Growing Up Ringside (105 minutes)
Mina Liccione tells stories from her New York upbringing as the daughter of an Italian-American boxing promoter.
Jack Fry as “a younger, pre-crazy-haired Albert Einstein…sent sideways in a world crumbling around him”
Doom and Glitter: A Tribute to Tom Waits (45 minutes)
Mr Brake Down, a drag king from South Wales, finds common ground with the 73-year-old California-born musician, composer, songwriter, and actor.
Dorian (one hour)
A physical theater adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s gothic story The Picture of Dorian Gray.