7th Annual Houston Fringe Festival

Don’t say that you weren’t warned if you get syphilis at the 7th Annual Houston Fringe Festival. Kaci Beeler, along with co-producer Curtis Luciani and a troupe of improvisational actors, perform F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Save the World: A Maladjusted All-Star Comedy Disaster (9:30 p.m. September 25 and 27, at Super Happy Funland), says the one thing she hopes people take away from the sometimes sexually explicit performance is…syphilis. She’s kidding (we think).

Save the World is a mix of improvisational and character-driven sketch comedy, with lots of naughty parts thrown in. The show is built around the idea that the literary Fitzgeralds, notably dysfunctional in their real-life relationship, were actually assassins for hire (albeit half-assed and usually drunk assassins). “The Zelda and Scott characters are wild and unpredictable. We love playing them,” Beeler tells us. You don’t have to know anything about the Fitzgeralds, the 1920s or improv theater to enjoy the show, Beeler says. “The characters are off-the-wall fun and this is a very accessible -performance — we ain’t no snobs. Plus…it’s a bit filthy.”

The Fringe Festival includes more than a dozen other performances on the line-up. There’s B.L.K. Gurls-n-W.H.T. Boiz: Singin’ ‘bout Gwad! presented by choreographers/dancers jhon r. stronks, winner of a 2014 Houston Press MasterMind Award, and Jasmine Hearn (9:30 p.m. September 24 and 8 p.m. September 25, The Barn). There’s also Call of the Ouroboros by The Knells (8 p.m. September 27 and 5 p.m. September 28, Super Happy Fun Land), a performance/installation work by avant garde opera singer Amanda Gregory and sculpture artist Patrick Renner.

The 7th Annual Houston Fringe Festival has various performances and exhibits scheduled from September 24 to September 28. Various locations, including Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation; The Barn, 2201 Preston; and Super Happy Fun Land, 3801 Polk. For information, call 832-387-7440 or visit houstonfringefestival.org. $10 to $90.

Photo from F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Save the World: A Maladjusted All-Star Comedy Disaster
Sept. 24-28, 11 a.m., 2014

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