Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Kicks Off Today (Thurs., 5/6/21)

The Pittsburgh Fringe Festival's offerings include many out-there performances including Not Too Fancy Productions' 'Wild Women of Planet Wongo.'

The Pittsburgh Fringe Festival’s offerings include many out-there performances including Not Too Fancy Productions’ ‘Wild Women of Planet Wongo.’

PITTSBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL. Various local, national, and international performers. Online. May 6-8

Sometimes it’s a little more fun and daring to live life on the fringes, and when it comes to the arts, that’s just what the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival seeks to accomplish. Now in its eighth year, one of the main components of the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival is performing arts. This year’s Fest features over 53 different shows, all presented online with 21 streaming live and 32 on demand. The lineup includes six international shows, 13 from Pittsburgh, and the rest from across the nation. Intriguing titles include Bingewatch, Love Chicken, Cookie Tongue’s Kaleidoscopic Bone House, The Comedy of (Zoom) Errors, WILD WOMEN OF PLANET WONGO, Shepherds Gone Wild, SEXPERT MADAME K!, and God and Abraham Play Ping Pong. Here’s some more numbers: 19 free shows, 14 pay-what-you-want or suggested donation shows, and 14 shows which are $10 and under. To help the artists and performers appearing in the Festival during these trying times, Pittsburgh Fringe has not charged them any fees this year. (R.H.)