If we have to tell you how the Fringe Festival works, you're either very young or a dipwad. Some of both of you are out there, so here's how it goes. There are lots of plays. They are in theaters close to each other. You can walk from one to the other, then go get dinner, and then come back to see another one. No play is turned away, so some of them suck. They're all cheap or free, though, and the whole experience is a hoot. Local angles include Punchline, a one-woman show by stand-up comedian Alicia Dattner, whose theater background makes her a very good bet; and Lost and Found in the Mission, a play that takes most of its words from notes the Boathouse and Company group found on the ground in its never-boring neighborhood. Both shows tread the boards at the festival's main stages, the Exit Theater complex, tonight and Sept. 13.
Sept. 3-14, 2008