Good Afternoon
Good Afternoon

Theater gone wild at NY Fringe Festival

Zahra Noorbakhsh is seen in "All Atheists Are

Zahra Noorbakhsh is seen in "All Atheists Are Muslim," part of the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, Aug. 12-28, 2011, at theaters throughout downtown Manhattan. Credit: Andria Lo

Good luck shaping your reality at the 15th annual New York International Fringe Festival, which brings 200 crazy-mad and serious theater/dance troupes from across the city and around the world to perform at more than 20 downtown venues.

We've picked seven attractions from North America's largest performance festival, which in previous years spawned "Urinetown" and, yes, "Debbie Does Dallas." But, really, check for yourself at, or call 866-468-7619. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For addictive personalities, there is a $70 Fiver Pass, a $120 10-play Flex Pass and, you poor darling, $500 for an all-you can-see Lunatic Pass.

 1. 'You Have Ruined a Perfectly Good Mystery!'

WHAT An interactive noir-comedy from Madison, Wis.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8:30, Saturday at 4:15 p.m.; also Aug. 15, 17, 18. Teatro Latea, 107 Suffolk St.

 2. 'The Legend of Julie Taymor, or the Musical that Killed Everybody!'

 WHAT Could a festival call itself Fringe this year without a musical parody of the over-told saga behind "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark?"

WHEN | WHERE Friday at 5 p.m., also Aug. 16, 18, 21, 24; Bleecker Theatre, 45 Bleecker St.

 3. 'The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady'

 WHAT Musical comedy by Long Island-based Silverhair Productions about a very special episode after the cancellation of both shows.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at noon, Sunday at 5:45 p.m.; also Aug. 19, 21, 24. Ellen Stewart Theater, 66-68 E. Fourth St.

 4. 'The Average-Sized Mermaid'

 WHAT What girl doesn't want to transform into a sea goddess? Jessica Fleitmano's play warns, "Be careful what you fish for."

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 3:15 p.m., also Aug. 15, 25, 26, 27; Connelly Theater, 220 E. Fourth St.

 5. 'You Only Shoot the Ones You Love'

 WHAT Playwright/critic Jeffrey Sweet goes solo in this autobiographical show about improv comedy and other formative facts of life.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 7:15 p.m.; also Aug. 21, 23, 24, 26, 27. Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St.

 6. 'Yeast Nation (The Triumph of Life)'

 WHAT The scamps behind "Urinetown" explore the early history of yeast as a Greek tragedy, Shakespearean drama/rock musical.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 8 p.m.; also Aug. 18, 21, 22, 25. Ellen Stewart Theater, 66-68 E. Fourth St.

 7. 'After Anne Frank'

 WHAT Playwright Carol Lempert explores how the forever-young icon keeps reappearing in her life.

WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 3:15 p.m.; also Aug. 20, 21, 24, 25. Connelly Theater, 220 E. Fourth St.

More Entertainment