Underground theater is finally getting some spotlight time. The Houston Fringe Festival features some of the citys most promising off-the-radar theater troupes. The three-day event starts today with the kickoff of Super-author
, a project headed up by BooTown members Hem and Fitz, that will be written, rehearsed and performed during the weekend with a final, finished version premiering on Sunday. Mildreds Umbrella will host a more traditional performance with local playwright John Harveys Fade Far Away
, and Scatter! ends the day with an improv comedy show. Other shows include Camella and K. T. Taylors The Man Who Knows
, which utilizes magic and puppets, and Nova Arts Projects Bango!
, a performance art piece that combines dance and impressionism. Busy Houston troupe BooTown is hosting the event and presenting Boxcar Charlies Wandering Amazement Show
, which is inspired by what creator/director Philip Hays learned in a clown workshop.
See these and the other hidden theater gems starting today at 7 p.m. Participating venues include Avant Garden, 411 West-heimer; Numbers, 300 Westheimer; Sacred Heart Studio, 327 Westheimer; and Mangos Cantina, 403 Westheimer. The festival runs through Sunday. For tickets and a complete schedule, visit www.houstonfringefestival.org. $7 to $40.
May 16-18, 2008