Arts/Entertainment

Five Can’t-Miss Fringe Festival Performances

The annual Fringe Festival brings the hilarious, artsy and downright weird to KC.

The Fringe is upon us: KC’s 11th annual Fringe Festival, one of the city’s largest performing arts events, lifts the curtain on Friday, July 17 with dozens of performances across 20 venues.

A $5 Fringe Button is required to attend any of the events (including performances), and festival-goers can purchase tickets for each of the festival’s 60-minute shows for $10. The festival begins July 17 and runs through July 26. Doors open 20 minutes prior to each performance, and shows are rated G, PG or R.

Here are five performances we recommend putting on your “must-see” list:

The Mosquito Radio Hour

Life’s little bumps and bites got you down? During this spoken word performance, storytellers will air their true stories of those little itchy irritations and annoyances. We bet it’ll be all the buzz at this year’s festival.

Rating: PG (adult language)

Where: Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd.

Showtimes: 9:30 p.m. on July 17; 8 p.m. on July 22; 6:30 p.m. on July 25

Big Gay Sing!

KC’s own Heartland Men’s Chorus will lead a sing-a-long with all your favorite big gay songs. Karaoke meets choir concert in this one-of-a-kind audience-participation event. Drag queen Daisy Buckët will host.

Rating: G

Where: Union Station City Stage, 30 W. Pershing

Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. on July 17; 6 p.m. on July 18; 10:30 p.m. on July 18; 3 p.m. on July 19

Right Between the Ears

This award-winning sketch comedy crew has brought 30 years of hilarious experience to NPR, PBS, BBC 4, Sirius-XM—and now on the KC Fringe Fest stage.

Rating: G

Where: Musical Theatre Heritage, 2450 Grand Avenue

Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. on July 17; 8 p.m. on July 18; 3:30 p.m. on July 19; 9:30 p.m. on July 23; 6:30 p.m. on July 24; 8 p.m. on July 25

Presidential Briefs
Get the briefing on what it means to be commander-in-chief in this Schoolhouse Rock!-esque theatrical event. Ry Kincaid teaches audiences about all 44 U.S. Presidents through 44 songs, including a William Howard Taft rap and a song about John Quincy Adams’ hairline. History buffs, unite.

Rating: G
Where: Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd.
Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. on July 18; 8 p.m. on July 20; 6:30 p.m. on July 23; 9:30 p.m. on July 24

Amazonia
No, this show isn’t about the wild beasts of the Amazon region. Playwright Timothy Russell gives audiences a hilarious take on modern online shopping. This is one you won’t want to return to sender.

Rating: PG (adult language)
Where: Arts Asylum, 1000 E. Ninth St.
Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. on July 21; 8 p.m. on July 22; 6:30 p.m. on July 23; 9:30 p.m. on July 24; 8 p.m. on July 25

Check out the full festival schedule at KCFringe.org. –Lauren Rutherford