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Edinburgh Fringe

Finding Korean Traditional Dance Through 'Leodo: The Paradise' and Poking Fun at Traditional British Manners in 'The Tiger Goes Wild' -- All at Edinburgh Festivals

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 10.28.2015 | Arts
Helen I. Hwang

To my astonishment, the traditional cultural Korean show Leodo: The Paradise , which played as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was unexpectedly mesmerizing.

Next Years Fringe Show

Sandy Thomas | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Believe it or not, some people have already booked their venue for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Steve McQueen and That Song

Sandy Thomas | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Thank you dear friend, for helping me get this show right. It was such a luxury to get exactly what I wanted, instead of skipping the braces because of the expense. Every time I used them, it added to the specificity of Patty, making her real to me, and real to the audience.

Side Effects May Include Drowsiness

Sandy Thomas | Posted 09.04.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

It's interesting that there are so many plays at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe that have a female serial killer as protagonist. It's the zeitgeist of this Fringe.

Singing Like Lulu

Sandy Thomas | Posted 09.04.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

If I could sing like Lulu to all of my friends and family who helped make this trip and this play possible, I would. Here goes.

More Than Five Minutes

Sandy Thomas | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

For most of the month, we've had five minutes (or less) to walk our suitcase and satchels into the theatre, dash behind the curtains and set out props, wigs and costumes for the show, do a sound check and zip me into my first (and largest) bridal gown.

Cautiously Pessimistic

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.28.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

There's two shows remaining for Macaroni on a Hotdog, and I have such mixed feelings about this adventure coming to a close. The sidewalks aren't as crowded now, and the prizes for writing and acting and whatnot have all been awarded. There must have been a clerical mistake.

The Saddest Underpants in Town

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.26.2015 | Comedy
Sandy Thomas

Today marks a change in the dynamic of our days. My mom, Janet Oian and our daughter Mabel, arrived here this morning. For three weeks, it's been Glenn and me, and our routine. Today, it all changed. Not better or worse, just different.

Out of the Frying Pan...

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Good news about my mom's suitcase. We got it back! But then this morning, they locked themselves out of their flat. Out of the frying pan...

Pain and Laughs in New York Fringe's 'Metafictional' Drama

David Tereshchuk | Posted 08.24.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

I'm a Scot by origin. So in matters of culture the word "fringe" can mean only one thing. That would be Edinburgh, evoking in part the annual international festival there, but even more its huge and much livelier attendant program of fringe events.

I Have a Super Power

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.21.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

I have developed a super power while here in Edinburgh. The minute I put a stack of flyers in my hand and approach a stranger, there's a 75 percent chance I become invisible. Since I have no control over this invisibility, it cannot be depended upon.

Liver Pudding

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

I was able to walk to Fringe Central 2 in time for my 2 P.M. workshop and I'm so glad I got to be there. There was a lot of laughing involved.

Mid Fringe Meltdown

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

It's no surprise that we're halfway through our run, so there's also a panic that sets in, the feeling that there's a bunch of things you're missing forever, because you can't possibly see everything you want to see.

Important Shopping Information

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Did I mention the play we saw yesterday had full frontal nudity? Yep. And they didn't even mention it on their flyers! A couple of un-circumcised willy's were on full view and it did make it hard to look anywhere else when they whipped them out.

Bridal Disco Is the Next Big Thing

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

urry in a Hurry was on our agenda for lunch, and we were able to fit in a nice walk to the French café on West Bow (by the castle) for supper. Carrot and fennel soup and an amazing veggie sandwich on toasted bread, was a perfect meal for a rainy Scottish evening.

Artistic Liscense

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

It seems to me, that people should really take a few of these media classes that we've been taking here, online (before you get here), so that when you get to Edinburgh, you'd know what you were doing.

5 Star Review Day

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Well, this morning's show was quiet, but we had a friend in the audience (Calli from the Abbey pub) and a reviewer, who will now be my friend forever. He gave us a fantastic review for the Broadway Baby publication. We were awarded 5 stars, which (trust me) is a big deal here. Stars are the currency of self worth.

Refuse the Oat Cake

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Our show went fine today, and we had about 15 people. There was a brief moment of panic for me, when the pre-show music wasn't playing. There's no way for Glenn and I to communicate once we start the show.

I Am Not Marrying a Large Furry Chicken

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.07.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

He had red hair, cut into a short mohawk. He weaved, he drooled, he swore. His thick Scottish accent was made unintelligible by drink, but every third word was a swear, and I heard the phrase "beautiful bride", and "photo with my boy".

A Caring Bridge Site for Artists?

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.03.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

I kind of feel like, if you bring a show to the Fringe, it's like the Universe's way of hazing you, and whatever the outcome, just by surviving the month, you are in the club.

Demetri Martin Is a Pretty Cool Cat

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 04.29.2015 | Comedy
Alexandra Villarreal

Martin is all about games and puzzles. He writes 500-word palindromes for amusement and transforms everyday enigmas into equations and formulas with a whimsical bent. Because of his idiosyncratic outlook on humanity, he's earned acclaim in the entertainment industry.

Running With Ghosts in Edinburgh

Natalie Compagno | Posted 01.18.2015 | Travel
Natalie Compagno

Edinburgh is haunted. Everyone knows that. Especially the spirits that linger year-round with no regard for the passing of All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day. I am in Edinburgh for a few days to enjoy its charms as well as ghouls.

Edinburgh: Motherlode of Festivals

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 11.11.2014 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

Though August is a peak time for Edinburgh Festivals, you'll find something stimulating and entertaining throughout the year.

Jaweed Kaleem

Why Death Is The Liveliest Topic At The Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion

Eighty-year-old Lynn Ruth Miller takes the stage in Edinburgh this month to talk about death. That might sound morbid, but Miller isn't. The Califo...

'Romantic Romeo' From Captivate Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Helen I. Hwang

Romantic Romeo is the first of the "They Do Not Deserve to Die" series from director Sally Lyall and musical director Tommie Travers. The duo have concocted a hilarious formula to introduce Shakespeare's plots to young 'uns.