Fringe fes­ti­val of­fers arts smor­gas­bord down­town

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - TGIF - — Steven Mark

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.


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

INFO: or 550-8457

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