In Praise of Fringe

I simply cannot wait for next week.

For next Wednesday sees the opening of the inaugural First Niagara Fringe Festival.  Rochesterians sure do love their festivals and this will be like no other our fair city has ever seen.

Having been to the grand-daddy of them all – the Edinburgh Fringe on several occasions, I can tell you from personal experience what a wonderful thing a Fringe Fest can be. The sheer variety of performances in unexpected venues is astounding. The creativity on display is mind-blowing.  The idea here is not to see only one show, but to catch as many as your time will allow.

The Fielding Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center is delighted to host 21 performances between September 19 and 23 – an eclectic mix of comedy, theatre and dance for this first-ever Rochester event.

Our own Geva Comedy Improv will be performing their popular Zombie Apocalypse show and Irondequoit native Matt Griffo brings his special brand of comedy. Heather Roffe presents her unique choreography in Spection: Intro/Retro. Geva Theatre Center Conservatory presents 44 Plays for 44 Presidents and the award-winning Bicycle Men bring mayhem to the stage. Charlie Bethel’s Gilgamesh is a 3,000 year-old tale from Mesopotamia and The Event comes to Rochester via Amsterdam, Sydney, Belfast, Edinburgh, London and NYC. Linda Starkweather in Traveling with a Broken Compass and Rochester’s Geriactors with We Were There round off the weekend.

Rochester takes center stage next weekend and we will be there…with comfortable shoes!

For info on the shows here at Geva and all the other performances in the Rochester Fringe, visit


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