Are We on the Edge?

Answers to timely and timeless questions at the Long Fringe

What's black and black and black all over? Who wrote the book of love? And where can you purchase the end of the world? The answers to these and other pressing questions of our time may be found – and found only – at the 2004 FronteraFest Long Fringe. This year's batch of longer works in the annual performance festival is, as usual, an unlikely mix of short plays, character sketches, and dances, and is just as likely to explore ideas – What is the essence of "black"? What do we talk about when we talk about love? – as emotional conflicts within and between characters. Last week, the Chronicle Arts team hit the Long Fringe to discover what 40 one-minute dances look like, how Little Egypt teaches belly dancing to curious wives, and what number to call to get a line on Judgment Day. While they weren't able to cover all the Long Fringe performances for this roundup – our apologies to those artists whose shows we missed – their glimpses of six of them are surely enough to prod you into making at least one trip to the Blue this week.

All Long Fringe performances are at the Blue Theater, 916 Springdale. Dates and times for remaining performances for each show follow the review. Ticket prices vary. To make reservations, call 479-PLAY (7529). For more info, visit

  • How to Belly-Dance for Your Husband Starring Little Egypt

    Tongue and Groove Theatre's silly How to Belly-Dance for Your Husband Starring Little Egypt starts off delightfully enough but winds up as a handful of sesame-flavored cotton candy

    1 Performer, 2 Shows, 19 Characters!

    Two solo shows of Gemma Wilcox show the artist's imaginative approach to theatricality, a rich sensitivity to character, and a winning sense of humor
  • The Bateman Trilogy

    In The Bateman Trilogy, about a family of working-class suburbanite Texans, Ken Webster reveals a fine playwright's voice to go along with his strong directorial style

    Dance Carousel 2004

    In the choreographic sampler Dance Carousel 2004, 10 local dance makers show how much dance they can create in a mere 60 seconds apiece
  • Will Power: The Course of Love

    The Austin Shakespeare Festival's Will Power: The Course of Love, a compendium of Shakespearean scenes, songs, and sonnets, is as short and sweet as a chocolate heart

    Black Things

    Spank Dance Company's Black Things, in which black-clad dancers dance in near darkness, is original, striking, and resonant of the shadow side of our interior and exterior worlds

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