IN oRBit: THREE ON THE FRINGE

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Today’s Red Bank oRBit takes you to the outer-limits fringe of the local orbit — all the way to NYC, where the 13th annual edition of the New York International Fringe Festival is in full effect on a motley panorama of off-off-Broadway stages.

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We’re depositing you on the Fringe because a trio of  creative locals are among the playwrights who’ve worked hard to get their work seen within the forum that gave the world the left-field smash Urinetown. One of them, Middletown’s own Mary Lynn Dobson (right), is directing a new production of her funny 10-person ensemble piece that satirizes the petty egos, blown cues and wardrobe malfunctions of community theater — a little thing called Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van.

Then there are Long Branch guys Brian Breen and Michael Chartier, whom you’ve encountered here before as authors of an entertainment called  Far Out! The New Sci-Fi Musical Comedy. As we explain, it’s a 1950s-style tunefest that involves good girls, bad scientists, greasers, mind-controlling commies from space and the Supreme Eyeball.

Hey, they laughed at Urinetown too. In fact, they still do. That’s kind of the point, and you’ll find the details you need right here, in the Nth dimension of planet oRBit!