Seattle Fringe Festival

As Intiman has shown us, theater companies and festivals are not fixed, permanent things. And suddenly, last seen in 2003, the Seattle Fringe Festival is back with us, miraculously revived. Over 20 different performance troupes will appear during five days at multiple venues (helpfully concentrated on Cap Hill). Selections were made not by snooty jurors or pretentious critics; rather, a lottery determined the lineup, resulting in an enjoyably random menu of attractions. That means improv from New Orleans, sci-fi karaoke, amputation fetish dating, plotting by tarot card, Christian rockers, police procedurals, and more. If you don't like one show, you're a five-minute walk from the next one, making a festival pass a worthwhile investment. With so much to see, just remember to wear comfortable shoes. Venues include Annex Theatre, Century Ballroom, Odd Duck Studio, and Northwest Film Forum. BRIAN MILLER

Sept. 19-23, 2012

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