The numbers from this year’s FringeNYC are in, and they’re daunting: 185 shows from 13 countries and 17 U.S. states playing at 20 venues over 17 days. As you are just one person, it would be next to impossible to see every single drama, comedy, dance performance, puppet show, clown act, and work of children’s theater (though, you could certainly try, with a $500 unlimited ticket called “the Lunatic Pass”). As past years have proven, the fest can be most thrilling when you find a show or performer that goes on to great acclaim (Urinetown and Mindy Kaling in Matt & Ben are two fine examples). Will it be Rubble by Emmy-winning Simpsons writer Mike Reiss? Brandon Ogborn’s hit from Chicago, The Tomkat Project? The Gloria Steinem–approved show SLUT? There’s only one way to find out.

Fri., Aug. 9, noon, 2013