Friday, May 22, 2009

The Fringe Deluge

It has been raining for three days straight. Not a drizzle but a deluge. Beth Marshall's facebook status reported: "Rain Rain Go Away, Fringe Fringe Is Here To Stay, Patron Patrons Come Out And Play, GAY GAY GAY GAY!:)"
The rain did not keep the intrepid artists from performing. The show must go on, but the green lawn fabulousness was deserted. I arrived early and caught this Cello player thumbing through his Fringe program guide. A line started forming behind me for the Pink Venue but the line never got long enough to block my view. I was afraid I might end up with a sketch of a bunch of rear ends although that might have been interesting. Before I was finished with the sketch the Cello player walked off. I am not sure what show he was performing in that night. Another Fringe mystery.
To lighten my mood after so many days of rain, I decided to go see VarieTEASE. This dance group performed a cross between burlesque, cabaret and modern dance with costumes that would make Toulouse Lautrec proud. The performance was playful and vibrant. Unfortunately the lights dimmed and I could not see my sketchbook. I did do a series of blind gestural sketches. These performers impressed me so much however that I am hoping to catch them relaxing just before there next performance in the green room backstage.

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