The always "edgy" Edinburgh Fringe is living up to its non-traditional
tradition this year: one of the main themes of the 59th season (Aug.
7-29) is "War and Terror," operas, musicals and plays dealing with Abu
Ghraib, Pvt. Lynndie England, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the
Iraqi War, etc.
"The Fringe never ignores the real world, but tackles it head-on, in
many diverse and creative ways," says the festival announcement. Examples:
* Daniel X. Opera's "Manifest Destiny," music by Keith Burstein,
libretto by Dic Edwards - "A Palestinian poetess turned suicide bomber
- her lover a Jewish composer - a female US President dubbed `the first
American Emperor' - from London via the Oval Office, Palestine and
Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay, this passionate new opera is a searing
indictment of the `War on Terror' and a journey through our world's heart
of darkness towards a new destiny."
* Demarco Rocket's "Korczak" - "An opera about the true story about
children and their mentor, Janusz Korczak, living in the Warsaw Ghetto,
beginning and finishing in the gas chambers of Treblinka."
* Bad Penny Theatre's "Terrorist the Musical" - "How militants might
make their living once the War on Terror is over."
* Volcano's "My Pyramids" - "A musical `fantasia' by the Canadian company
Volcano on the life of the Abu Ghraib guard Lynndie Englund."
* Eclectic Company Theatre's "Yeehad! the Musical" - "Disguised as an
Arab terrorist, Texas oil gazillionaire T-Bone Pickens plans to blow
himself up in a Korean grocer's car park in downtown LA."
As always, the Fringe will offer a good measure of comedy among the 1,799
shows (26,995 performances) in 2005; in the opera/musical section:
* Early Music Maui's "Mozart for Breakfast" - "Satire about Mozart's
magical youth and scandalous loves... Served with period instruments,
costumes, free Kona coffee and pastries."
* In Brief Productions' "Gilbert & Sullivan in Brief" - "Four
singer/comedians performing every role in every G&S operetta in just 80
* SFX's "Bling! The Hip-Hopera" - "An auaciously dynamic urban musical
from South London."
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