The Spiegeltent erected in the parking lot across from the Eastman School of Music has been standing for over a week now. Its yellow facade is illuminated in the evenings, bringing a mysterious glow to the otherwise sketchy lot. The nearby East End Theatre housed an interesting but enjoyable production of “Old Maid and the Thief”as part of the second-annual First Niagara Fringe Festival.

The production was comical and centered around a vagabond played by Kevin Green. He dazzled the otherwise female cast of characters with his voice, inspiring them to perform sinful acts to keep him around. Some of the other singers were not as strong vocally, however, which was disappointing. Still, they brought passion and heart to the performance, keeping the audience captivated for the entirety of the show.

Afterward, many audience members proceeded to the Spiegaltent to investigate the loud music and flashing lights. Inside, a packed house was captivated by clever acts on a circular stage in the middle of the room. A single chain suspended from the ceiling provided leverage to the strap, hoop, and white stretchy-bands act.

Though none of the acts were incredibly out of the ordinary, the black lights and neon colors were enough to catch everyone’s attention. While the show was kid-friendly, the late hour and presence of alcohol resulted in a mostly adult audience.

Though the rainy weekend turned some away from the festival, the First Niagara Fringe Festival is worth a visit. Tickets are relatively cheap, and some shows are free altogether. Be sure to go to the crazy, wacky, and slightly off-the-rail festival that has taken over downtown.

Sanguinetti is a member of the class of 2015.



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