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Atlantic Fringe preview 

Fringe Fest doesn't have to be scary: take the plunge with these seven productions.

September 2-12

Tickets and schedule at atlanticfringe.ca.

Call 471-7081 for any changes.

Does the Fringe scare you? It’s OK, it can be a little weird and at times moderately painful (let’s be honest, not everyone is cut out for off-off-off Broadway), but it can also be amazing, and an experience everyone should try. And you can do it with a handful of toonies. Just treat the theatre festival like diving into the ocean: Plunge in and hope you don’t step on a jellyfish. With 29 productions to choose from this year, here are seven to get you started.

Archy & Mehitabel

You may want to stamp on Jeff Culbert after his one-man play, based on the works of Don Marquis. Culbert plays a reincarnated cockroach poet named Archy, joined by Mehitabel, the party-loving cat. September 3-11, Khyber ICA, 55 minutes, $8

Ed’s Story: The Dragon Chronicles

Skater and gamer Ed is now a cancer patient, trying to live his life, and save it. Produced/assembled by Mary-Colin Chisholm and directed by Simon Bloom (Splinters), The Dragon Chronicles is based on Ed’s real journal entries and interviews. September 2-11, Bus Stop, 60 minutes, $7

Emotional Condom

Don’t let Anna Danova’s kooky persona fool you: she’s actually a classically trained musician, who just happens to sing about one-night stands and stalking. Danova’s joined by musical sidekicks, The Rescuers. September 3-11, Plutonium Playhouse, 55 minutes, $8

Giving Into Light

Alison Wearing’s travel memoir Honeymoon in Purdah was a bestseller. For this one-woman play, the location’s changed to Mexico, based on her upcoming book, Giving Into Light. September 3-11, Khyber ICA, 55 minutes, $10

Naked

Written by Lisa Rose Snow, the dark comedy takes place in a bathroom, where a cleaning lady (Natasha MacLellan) finds a woman (Snow) naked in the tub, who doesn’t want to get out. September 2-12, 20 minutes, $5

Spitting in the Face of the Devil

Wow. How does he do this? New York monologist Bob Brader turns a true story about discovering his ex-Marine father is a pedophile into an “uplifting and comedic solo show.” September 3-12, Khyber ICA, 80 minutes, $10

Vanishing Twins

A Greek tragedy about twin brothers: one is immortal, the other suffers from cancer. Drawn from autobiography and mythology, written and directed by Dan Bray. September 3-12, Bus Stop Theatre, 70 minutes, $6

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