Gemma Wilcox's Honeymoon is still going strong -- after ten years

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People love talking to their pets -- and some even imitate their pets. But how many people can not only imitate their pets, but play a slew of characters at the same time?

Somehow, Gemma Wilcox morphs seamlessly from male to female roles, from feline to feathered pets, in her sixty-character, one-woman show The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over, which she will be performing six times during the Boulder International Fringe Festival, which opened yesterday.

See also: Gemma Wilcox on playing 21 characters in Fringe Fest's Magical Mystery Detour

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THE GREAT GREEN helicopters in to the Boulder Fringe Festival

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From the TinHOUSE Facebook page
Joanna Rotkin in THE GREAT GREEN
The show must go on, and for Laura Ann Samuelson and Joanna Rotkin, a helicopter rescue was the only way to keep their production THE GREAT GREEN on track for the Boulder International Fringe Festival, which starts today.

Rotkin, creator and star of THE GREAT GREEN, resides in Jamestown, which was just about destroyed by the flood. The town was completely cut off, and many in the town were evacuated by helicopter and taken to Niwot High School. I spoke with Samuelson just after she'd picked up Rotkin at the high school so that they could rehearse.

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Comedian Kelsie Huff is alive and kicking and at the Boulder Fringe Festival

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From Huff's Facebook page
Looks like Kelsie Huff will be just as funny in the afterlife as she is in her real life. "My tombstone will read: Kelsie Huff. Not buried here. We decided to go in another direction," she said in her Twitter feed last week.

Huff hails from Chicago, where she's a member of the prestigious Second City troupe. But she's no stranger to Colorado, and will be returning here to perform at the Boulder International Fringe Festival that starts September 18 and runs through September 29.

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Gemma Wilcox on playing 21 characters in Fringe Fest's Magical Mystery Detour

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During her career as a performer, Gemma Wilcox has played dozens of intelligently crafted characters. The U.K.-born, University of Leeds trained actress is a one-woman cabaret of personas, and today she spends most of the year taking her shows on the road across the country and through Canada. She tries to make it back to Colorado for the Boulder International Fringe Festival, though; she's presented a piece in almost every fest since the event's inception in 2005.

For this year's Fringe fest, with the help of director and collaborator Elizabeth Baron, Wilcox will bring 21 characters to life in the Magical Mystery Detour, the story of a car trip-turned-personal journey, with the first of multiple shows set for 6 p.m. this Saturday, August 18, at the Carson Theater in the Dairy Center for the Arts. In advance of that run, the now-Boulder resident spoke with Westword about the appeal of performing a one-woman show, and what it means to carry more than sixty characters around in her psyche.

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- Melissa Birch's War Queer Peace Solo debuts at the Boulder International Fringe Festival
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Comedian Kelsie Huff on Boulder Fringe, the stand-up bug and insult-compliments

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Although comedian Kelsie Huff's new production at the Boulder Fringe Festival is titled This Show Might Be Terrible, her past hits suggest it will be anything but. Known for her Boulder Fringe Official Encore Award-winning shows Bruiser and Huffs, Huff is also a successful stand-up comedian who heads the kates, an all-female lineup.

The darkly funny Midwestern comedian will be all over the Fringe fest. She's the host of tonight's opening-night celebration, will perform her show August 18 to 25, is teaching a workshop entitled "You Time! Personal Narratives in Stand-up Comedy" on August 19, and will host the nightly variety show "Big Time," which debuts tomorrow. In advance of her jam-packed Fringe schedule, we talked to the hilarious Huff about her new show, passing along the stand-up bug, and learning to embrace failure.

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- Natasha Leggero on Playboy radio and horrifying pop culture
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Melissa Birch's War Queer Peace Solo debuts at the Boulder International Fringe Festival

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For the better part of the past decade, Minneapolis-based performer Melissa Birch has focused on collaborations, but the veteran artist, singer and innovative cabaret entertainer is hardly a neophyte when it comes to solo performance. That's how she started her career, and at this year's Boulder International Fringe Festival, Birch will take her singular performance style out of the closet with War Queer Peace Solo, which addresses gender equality, queer identity, politics and public policy.

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- Breeality Bites: What a wonderful, genderqueer world!
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Band of Toughs moves into the forest with A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Photo by Elise Watt
Boulder's experimental, "collaboratory" Band of Toughs isn't out of the woods. In fact, the theater troupe's production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, part of the Boulder Fringe Festival, will place the play smack in the woods, in the mischievous fairy-forest the playwright envisioned.

Performances will run Friday, August 17 through Saturday, August 25 in Boulder's Eben G. Fine Park.

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- Peg-ass-us gives you a leg up on the Boulder Fringe Festival

- Are you ready to Fringe? Five shows to see at the 2012 Boulder International Fringe Festival
- Fringe Fanatics

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Peg-ass-us gives you a leg up on the Boulder Fringe Festival

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John Leo and Sophie Nimmannit met at the Boulder Fringe Festival some years ago, the story goes, and it was kismet -- on both personal and professional planes. The bicoastal couple threw their fates together and created their own baby: the fringey comedy Peg-ass-us, which has been their bread-and-butter ever since.

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- Are you ready to Fringe? Five shows to see at the 2012 Boulder International Fringe Festival
- Fringe Fanatics


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Big Time: The Boulder Fringe showcase is really, really big and it's back

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At Big Time, there are big chances taken. There are also live commercials for some of the freshest performances in the region, charming emcees, and a sense of something happening, really happening.

Just like its parent organization, the Boulder International Fringe Festival, Big Time is dedicated to the extraordinary -- and the people who make it happen on the small, small stage. Although the event billed as "monthly" drifts in and out of that schedule, tonight it's definitely on again -- perhaps because excitement over the the August Fringe Fest is starting to build.

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Direct from the Boulder International Fringe Festival: The preliminary 2012 lineup

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The Boulder International Fringe Festival has announced its preliminary 2012 artist lineup, which includes such past fringe faves as TinHouse Experimental Dance, Gemma Wilcox Productions, Square Product Theatre and Band of Toughs, as well as a wide range of on-the-edge artists hailing from New York to San Francisco and points in between.

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