Fringe Fest performances bring together artists and audiences across the city.

Fringe Fest is hot, erratic, spread out – and still awesome 

Fringe Fest performances bring together artists and audiences across the city.

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It was a good choice. Out-of-towner Katherine Glover's one-woman play ended my weekend on a profound note. In Dead Wrong, her fictional protagonist is dead-sure about the identity of the man who raped her. A writer, storyteller and journalist, Glover has based her monologue on actual people and events. She shows, in a very real way, what happens to those involved, particularly the victim of the crime, when innocent persons are tried and convicted for crimes they didn't commit. Nica's 320 isn't the best venue for this type of work — sound was spotty, a person was eating — but Glover's work radiates emotion. This is Fringe at its most moving.

I'd skipped Dandelion Chains on Sunday in part because it wasn't on my original list. While in line for The Greatest Speech of All Time, though, I'd met Shanna Shrum in the Fishtank's lobby, where she was promoting her show. The Chicago artist portrays six characters, men and women with distinct personalities and inner struggles, among them a gay couple battling, in 1988, to keep their adopted daughter. It is yet another absorbing, well-acted original work that demonstrates what can happen when all the elements come together to make good theater — elements that combine in Fringe's serendipitous festival meetup of artist and audience.

And there's almost a week left.

Through July 29. See kcfringe.org for details.

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