by Leah Maddrie
More about the Fringe NYC production of Chasing Heaven
Chasing Heaven is an examination of our uncomfortable national conversation on race as manifest in the American performing arts. It is also about how the ties between us can help bridge the gaps. And there’s even a dash of romance!
with music by Sarah Hirsch, book and lyrics by Molly Fox
More about the Fringe NYC production of Usher
“The past hangs heavily over Usher, the musical based on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. This is as it should be. Any adaptation of this Gothic classic worth its proverbial salt needs at least a heaping teaspoon of the Past not to mention added servings of Decay, Sickness, and Death.
On that front, Usher, with music by Sarah Hirsch, book and lyrics by Molly Fox, and directed by Becca Wolff, dishes out generous portions: ghosts of dead relatives speak to the characters through their portraits or loiter threateningly around the action; a bottle of poison intended for one of the main characters, Madeline, is passed playfully over and around her beloved, James, who is desperately trying to save her; and there is the crumbling mansion, the eponymous House in which this all takes place, signified by the transformation of the portraits into the basement tombs where all will finally rest. Throw in a dash of deceit, a pinch of possible incest, and stir in some sinister manipulations and you have yourself a House Poe would be proud of.” (NYTheater.com)
More about The New York International Fringe Festival
The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. In addition to 1200 incredible performances, FringeNYC includes the following programs: ‘FringeU,’ “FringeJR,’ ‘FringeHIGH,’ ‘FringeAL FRESCO,’ ‘FringeART,’ and ‘FringeCLUB.’