Actually, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival is now under a larger umbrella called the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. Trust me, this is the most wonderful time of the year. For two weeks, beginning this Friday, September 3 (daily schedule), the city will be overrun with characters galore.
During the Festival, the boundaries between artists, performers, students, eccentrics, gloom chicks, and run-of-the-mill crazies dissolves, creating a bizarre and fun atmosphere. Favorite moments from past Festivals:
- Playing a game show on the El.
- King Lear on a miniature golf course and The Tempest in a kiddie pool–both were one-man shows.
- Sock puppet guy. He hangs around Old City on First Friday and wears a doggie sock puppet on his right hand. If he sees you staring, he’ll march over, shove the puppet in your face, growl “WOOF,” and walk away.
- The love story of a woman and the ever-growing lint creature who lives in her laundromat’s trash can.