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Originally published Monday, September 16, 2013 at 5:03 AM

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4 things to see at Seattle Fringe Festival, Sept. 18-22

Seattle Fringe Festival is back, rolling into Capitol Hill venues with an eclectic array of performances.

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You may not know it — no ad blitz, little fanfare — but starting Wednesday, a throng of performance artists and ensembles will converge on Capitol Hill for the 2013 edition of the revived Seattle Fringe Festival.

Here’s the skinny: Over five days, more than 20 visiting and local productions will hit the boards at several Capitol Hill venues — Annex Theatre, Richard Hugo House, NW Film Forum and the Eclectic Theater. The artists hail from around Puget Sound, as well as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Blue Lake, Calif.; St. Louis; and from Canada, Toronto and Vancouver.

Single tickets are $10 each; an all-fest pass is $125. To order, and for show info, go to

Now, on to the schedule. It is actually hard to find a comprehensive list online, so best to look at the websites of the individual venues for dates, times and lineups.

In a smorgasbord of highly eclectic (and mostly new-to-Seattle) fare, here’s a smattering of what looks to be quirky, promising and just plain weird, each performed several times during the fest:

“The Night Mare (In a House of Dark Dreams)”conjures “the world of a barren couple who relentlessly pursue their dream of having a child.” Described as a “movement-based tragedy,” it was devised by the Mothership Ensemble from Blue Lake, Calif., and weaves in the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, Billy Collins, Rumi, and Sharon Olds. (Eclectic Theater)

“Aisle 9” is a slate of one-acts by three established Seattle playwrights (Keri Healey, K. Brian Neel and Wayne Rawley) based on the common premise of a man and a woman meeting in a grocery story three times, over many years. Same aisle, next decade. (Annex Theatre)

“(No Static At All)” follows a music fan’s obsession with the enigmatic pop band Steely Dan. SoCal stage actor Alex Knox’s one-man piece was deemed the best solo show in the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival, and was praised by the L.A. Weekly as “a winning tapestry of wry insight, musicological history ... and engaging self-deprecation.” (NW Film Forum 2)

“Hooked” by Carolyn Smartis a different sort of solo work, in which Toronto actress Nicky Guadagni channels an idiosyncratic assortment of “notorious and eccentric” women — including, among others, writer Zelda Fitzgerald, painter Dora Carrington and Utah kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart.

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