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Seth's favorite season begins: preview picks for Fringe Fest 2012

Sport: 3rd Strike (PB&J Theatre Factory)

This year PB&J returns to the sports satire that got them started. I've seen almost every iteration of this troupe's silent-film slapstick, and I haven't been disappointed yet.

Dance for Grandma (Pet Projects)

Scott Whittemore performed at a recent Fringe happy hour, and I was instantly hooked. This one-man ukulele rock opera promises to be eccentric and intimate.

Jitters (Bernie O'Brien)

Never mind how this off-color comic rant against the Vagina Monologues made it into the G-rated preview. I'm astounded how O'B's stage presence has grown over the years; this show looks like his sharpest yet.

Theme Park Diva: The Musical (D Squared Productions)

Since I always enjoy composer John deHaas' musical stylings, I'm anticipating seeing if the musical mockery of our major local employers lives up to its positive reviews from 15 years ago.

Happy Zombie Girl (Shot in the Dark)

Admittedly, I'm a sucker for anything zombie, so Sarah Hanchar already has a (rotting) leg up. There's something sunny about her accordion-accompanied cannibalistic cabaret that just makes me smile.

Cannibal! The Musical (Logan Donahoo Presents)

After the success of Stone & Parker's Book of Mormon, it's about time someone resurrected their cult curiosity. Donahoo's Trash Cinema 101 proved he gets the tone needed to make this work.

Worst Show in the Fringe (Will Hagaman & Clockwork Hobo)

Ryan Gillotti directs favorites Eric Pinder and Meghan Moroney (but not Philip Nolen) in a backstage comedy that's apparently angling to be the Fringe's most shamelessly self-aware show.

Gay Bar Star: Return From the Big House (John Ryan and His Divas)

Fringe Poetry Smackdown (The Fringe [not quite dead] Poets Society)

Dog Powered Robot and the Subsequent Adventure (Miga Me)

Singer Janine Klein, poet Tod Caviness and Dog Powered Robot. What more do I need to say?

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