Fringe festival offers arts smorgasbord downtown
Oahu Fringe Festival returns Thursday for four days of original performance art.
The festival, now in its fifth year, will present 13 short programs at four Chinatown venues. The programs are timed so that visitors can stay in one venue or change locations as they please.
Festival organizer Misa Sione promises a unique collection of works, from music, theater and dance to improv, burlesque and puppetry. “To me that’s the beauty of it,” he said. “Anybody can join.” Sione describes one of the programs, “Thin Skin,” pictured, as “an exploration of the layers we put on and take off over the course of a lifetime.” “When you go inside the venue, the whole studio is part of the performance,” Sione said. “The work that they’ve put there comes to life, so the space is part of the performance.” The show will be staged at Studio 114 at 7:30 and 9 p.m. from Thursday through Jan. 14. Another program, “Game of Thrones: The Musical,” by the Minnesota-based Really Spicy Opera, has ties to Hawaii. Basil Considine, artistic director and founder of the company, has relatives in Hawaii and has visited the islands many times. His show won several theater awards in the Twin Cities and is described as “a massively inappropriate children’s show featuring vocabulary lessons, spoilers, incest, moral lessons, betrayal and terrible puppet-on-puppet violence.” Check it out at 9 p.m. at Nextdoor from Thursday through Jan. 14.
COURTESY PHOTO WHERE:
The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave.; Ong King Arts Center, 184 N. King St.; Nextdoor, N. 43 Hotel St.; and Studio 114, 114 N. King St.
Performances begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. Festival continues through Jan. 14, with one puppet show scheduled for Jan. 15.
$10 per show; $100 pass
oahufringe.com or 550-8457