I am Woman by Murphy Smith Dance Collective

Winchester Thurston School, Boys & Girls Club, Steel City Improv

Through May 11
Various times

Move over Edinburgh, Pittsburgh Fringe has arrived.

The inaugural Pittsburgh Fringe Festival is gearing up for its second weekend of lively fresh theater, featuring 20-plus companies presenting some 20 shows. Running May 9-11, this weekend’s events take place at three Shadyside venues. Featured companies range from vaudeville and Shakespeare, to dance and fashion.

Mary V. Shea and S. Pellegrino’s one-man show The Accordion Monologues explores a boy’s experiences growing up in the Mon Valley as the son of immigrant parents and how the accordion linked the generations, while The Allegheny Bilge Rats Shanty Choir sings genre-bending call-and-response songs chronicling the seafaring life. Beyond the Burgh, featured solo and ensemble acts hail from San Francisco, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Lansing,MI (by way of Ireland) and more.

Fringe benefit? Solo and group buskers will be entertaining festival-goers all weekend with live music throughout Shadyside.

Embracing unconventional theater and spaces, Pittsburgh Fringe elects to present works that are adventurous and eclectic, under one hour in length and newly created. Modeled after Scotland’s groundbreaking Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival, Pittsburgh Fringe showcases companies that are both locally-based and new to town, who produce, market and present their own artistic act during a world or a Pittsburgh premiere. Included are established Pittsburgh-based companies such as No Name Players and Electric Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, who are presenting new, multi-disciplinary, collaborative pieces.

View a complete festival schedule. Fringe-goers must purchase a $3 button.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...