John Moore Theatre Coverage, July 2020: Denver Fringe Festival Launches

“After years of talk and all manner of splintering organizing efforts, not even the COVID shutdown could stop Founding Producer Ann Sabbah from fulfilling her mission to launch the Denver Fringe Festival, which took place online from June 25-28. The lineup included theater performances, solo performances, stand-up comedy, improv, circus arts, magic, choose-your-own adventures and more. More than 500 tickets were sold to viewers in 30 states, said Sabbah, sister of late Denver playwright Jeff Carey. About 50 percent of the artists were local to Colorado.”


Westword, June 2020: Colorado Creatives: Ann Sabbah and Nancy Larned

“Visual artist Ann Sabbah and business consultant Nancy Larned share a deep love for Denver and Colorado as third-generation natives, with a specific focus on the arts community and an eye toward live performance. Looking for a niche to fill in our town, they zeroed in on fringe theater, the unvetted, indie arm of performance, where creativity runs wild and anything goes on a small-scale stage: monologues, one-acts, comedy shticks and other indescribable work. The result is the first annual Denver Fringe Festival, which turned to a virtual format in the time of COVID-19 and begins streaming on June 25.”


OnStage Colorado, June 2020: Denver Fringe: ‘Basic Training’ a rude, crude, touching one-man tour de force

“Kahlil Ashanti packs a lot into his 60-minute one-man show Basic Training, now streaming as part of the Denver Fringe Festival. Equal parts standup, bildungsroman and character exploration, it’s the perfect kind of live show for an online audience. While more complex stage shows don’t fare well with just one or two cameras to record them, a one-man show is easy to film, and with a performance of this caliber, the format becomes less and less important as the story unravels.”


OnStage Colorado, June 2020: Denver Fringe Festival: Intense one-man show captures the heart and soul of Walt Whitman

“In the one-man show, Multitudes, featured in the inaugural season of the Denver Fringe Festival, Kim and Valerie Nuzzo have created a compelling and timely story that keeps you enthralled despite using some of the archaic language and syntax of Whitman’s late 1900’s era.”


OnStage Colorado, June 2020: Get Your ZOOM On With Live Comedy Fix

“Who couldn’t use some respite from the seemingly endless grind of quarantine interspersed with screaming bad-news headlines? A good dose of laughter is the therapy we all need. And the remedy offered by the creators of Denver’s inaugural Fringe Festival is an easy pill to take – although you might find yourself groaning and rolling your eyes a bit as it goes down.”



Denver Fringe Festival goes virtual, raises money for artists and nonprofits — July 13, 2020
Denver Fringe Festival launches June 25-28 with 20 unique shows — June 10, 2020


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